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(1st) Final i5-2500k build review

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August 25, 2011 4:57:23 PM

i5-2500k
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

**it shows on my cart $40 off on the i5-2500k + mobo
but i dont see that deal on microcenter website
maybe it is still going?

samsung cd/dvd burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

antec 300 illusion $15 promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

samsung spinpoint f3 1tb harddrive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

antec high current gamer 750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

lite on keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gigabyte mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

patriot signature 8gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and for graphics card gtx 560 ti
either this one because of crysis 2
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

or

msi gtx 560 ti hawk

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or
evga superclocked $220 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

need opinions on which gtx 560 ti to buy

August 25, 2011 5:42:05 PM

Go with the gtx 560 from MC.

Looks like a good build. Don't have too much to say about it, nice mobo pick for price, and I like G.Skill RAM but thats me. Congrats
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August 25, 2011 5:49:46 PM

I'm too much of a newb to answer your component questions but I did pick up my i5-2500k and gigabyte board from Microcenter.

$40 off any 1155 motherboard with purchase of a second-gen Intel processor. It's part of their August specials so I'd pull the trigger before September...it might not be there next month.
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August 25, 2011 5:53:29 PM

jReps0l said:
I'm too much of a newb to answer your component questions but I did pick up my i5-2500k and gigabyte board from Microcenter.

$40 off any 1155 motherboard with purchase of a second-gen Intel processor. It's part of their August specials so I'd pull the trigger before September...it might not be there next month.


hmm i really didnt see it on their website but it appears on my shopping cart so i guessed that it is still $40 off
thanks for the confirmation
i am getting it this weekend
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August 25, 2011 5:57:57 PM

When I found it, it was where the AMD deal currently is. I think it also might be in there August deal catalog.

BTW, I think your motherboard is out of stock. Might want to have a backup.

I used their 18-minute pickup service. They will hold the items for 3 days. Good way to lock in your price and makes for a quick store run...always good when going to Microcenter.

Good luck.
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August 25, 2011 6:02:01 PM

there is still 10+ in stock
i think i will reserve it on 18 minute pick up online friday then get it saturday

as for the gtx 560 ti
i may get the evga gtx 560 ti maximum graphics edition but in newegg not in microcenter because of no tax
if not then i will stick to evga gtx 560 ti superclock
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August 25, 2011 6:17:15 PM

Overall your build, The board, processor and memory should all work well together. About the only worth talking about is while the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K does come with a HSF (heatsink/fan) that does work well at normal speeds; before you overclock this processor you are going to want to get a good 3rd party HSF.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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August 25, 2011 6:23:25 PM

fury0609 said:
there is still 10+ in stock
i think i will reserve it on 18 minute pick up online friday then get it saturday


You are right, my bad. I forgot Microcenter's crazy website sometimes shows out of stock if you look at the product page rather the product listing.

Cheers.
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August 25, 2011 6:48:07 PM

The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ works well I am currently using one on my Intel® Core™ i7-2600K. Good Luck on the new system I think you are going to be very happy with it.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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August 25, 2011 6:53:00 PM

Thanks!
one more question
will my antec 300 illusion handle sli with that fan? or is it gonna be too small?
i am thinking of getting cooler master storm scout at microcenter for $60 after rebate
or do you recommend any other case?
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August 25, 2011 7:57:45 PM

Hi Fury,

Another case you might want to check out is the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It is $80 on Newegg. I like it mainly because:
- It has 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front with internal USB headers
- The hard drive cage can be re-positioned or removed
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August 25, 2011 8:49:46 PM

that is a great case. one question, red led shows on the side?
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August 25, 2011 9:15:01 PM

fury0609 said:
that is a great case. one question, red led shows on the side?



I couldn't give you that answer for sure, but from what I've read and seen in reviews, it seems that the light from the front 200mm fan should not be bright enough to light up the case or be visible from the side window.
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August 25, 2011 9:20:43 PM

hmm i kinda want it to be visible because i think it is cool
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August 25, 2011 9:34:18 PM

it only has 120mm fan and 200mm red led fan
doesnt have a top fan
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August 25, 2011 9:44:53 PM

Yeah, it's a shame it doesn't come with the top fan, really. But I guess they did what they had to do to get the case down to this price.

I actually picked up a Cooler Master Megaflow 200mm Red LED fan from Fry's Electronics today for $15, so I can live with the case coming in under $100 overall.
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August 25, 2011 9:59:50 PM

yea thats what i plan to do.. then get cooler master hyper 212+ when i get the money or on black friday so i can start overclocking
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August 25, 2011 10:05:54 PM

with those 2 200mm red led fan
are the fans able to light up the case so the side panel will turn red
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August 25, 2011 10:12:00 PM

Still don't think it will be enough to light up the inside of the case.

I personally do not care for bright lights in there, but if you look on Youtube and elsewhere, there are some people who added more red LEDs and LED fans in there to make it brighter.
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August 25, 2011 10:25:28 PM

let me know how it looks like
i really dont want it to be too bright but just enough so that some red led can be visible at side panel
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August 25, 2011 10:30:40 PM

Sure, I'll be building it on Saturday, but I'll let you know how it turns out.
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January 27, 2012 12:59:14 PM

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January 27, 2012 12:59:19 PM

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