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SandyBridge 2500k Build

I'm planning on building a new computer as soon as this week to the near future. I know I want to build a new one, but if some super new amazing part is coming out soon, I could wait. For now though, I've gathered up some parts I think would fit together and I was hoping to get some input. This PC's use is going to be mainly for gaming and light movie watching.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Motherboard: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ***Already owned however, will be transferring from my current PC over to save some money***
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

Desktop Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (x1) ***Not sure if two is needed, or necessary***
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card ***I figure most people would cancel this but I've been eyeing this specific card for a long time and have a really good pair of headphones to go with this***
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010

At this point, I'm missing a CD/DVD/BD drive and a power supply. I would like to watch blurays on my PC so I'm looking for a good drive for that. About the PSU, I'm just not sure how much wattage I need or how much voltage on whatever rails I'd need to keep this PC functioning. I don't think I'm missing anything else but if I am, just post and let me know. You can also assume I'm not sure about it and offer suggestions.
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Here's a board worth taking a look at imo. All the new Asrock GEN3 boards have the new PCI-E 3.0 slots.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $129.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/index.asp?s=1155 <----- You can see all the Asrock GEN3 boards here
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    Well I see why_me just suggested the motherboard I was going to lol but since I have it copied I'll post it anyway just as another, albeit same opinion to reassure ya lol. Here is a P67 option to consider: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
    And here is the same Z68 why_me just listed: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    I would go with the Z68 at this point, hard to beat its pricing.

    These are updated versions, pci-3 which will work with ivy bridge CPUs. They also look nicer lol. The rest of your parts looked good from what I saw. Glad you're going with the M4 SSD, definitely don't change that.

    Didn't notice the PSU, why_me suggests the antec version I recommend, so here is the corsair side as another option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
    That is plenty of power, you can get the 750 for 10 more. The CX line is a cheaper alternative, however I prefer the TX series, they also have a nice 5 year warranty.
  3. Alright thanks a lot for the suggestions guys. I'm guessing the mobo I picked was just kind of dated since it didn't have the pci-e 3.0 slots?

    Picking a psu is annoying, at least for me, since there's so many things that seem like you should worry about. I was looking at my gpu and it says minimum watt at 500 and at least a minimum 12V current rating of 30A. Looking at the two psus you guys listed, the Antec doesn't have a 30A listing and the CORSAIR has 5V@30A. Maybe I'm just dumb but do the other @XXA count?
  4. great build. either psu that has been suggested is a good option. you wont have problems with either for your rig. personally i would go with the corsair psu, but im just partial to their products.

    and that gen3 z68 mobo is a steal at 130 bucks.
  5. In regards to PSU ratings let me just copy the Corsair TX650, it has: +3.3V@30A, +5V@30A, +12V@53A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3.0A. So the +12V is 53A, which is well over the 30A the GPU suggests. I favor the corsair too, I tend to use antec earthwatts 380/430s in my lower builds and corsair TX in my gaming builds, I personally use a corsair HX650, but that's due to having to RMA my HX520 after 3 1/2yrs of service heh.
  6. mryoink said:
    In regards to PSU ratings let me just copy the Corsair TX650, it has: +3.3V@30A, +5V@30A, +12V@53A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3.0A. So the +12V is 53A, which is well over the 30A the GPU suggests. I favor the corsair too, I tend to use antec earthwatts 380/430s in my lower builds and corsair TX in my gaming builds, I personally use a corsair HX650, but that's due to having to RMA my HX520 after 3 1/2yrs of service heh.


    Oh, was I reading it backwards? It it that the 12V need to be 30A or higher? I thought it was the 30A need to be 12V or higher. Wow, I'm stupid.
  7. Right the 3.3V, 5V, 12V etc are your voltages, then the @30A is the max amps they support on that voltage, the volts w/ the amps gets you your max watts. Typically with computers the suggested amps are on the 12V rail in this case that PSU supports a max of 52A, your GPU suggests at least 30, it provides up to 52 so you have plenty of power. Hope that helps.
  8. Best answer selected by Selphy.
  9. Thanks for all your help guys. I wish I could pick two best answers since Why_Me was the first to suggest the mobo change. But since I went with the Corsair, I gave it to MrYoink. Thanks again both of you and everyone else.

    I ordered the parts yesterday and they should arrive tomorrow or sooner. I can't wait to put this thing together and I hope it is awesome.
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