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Budget i5 2500k build

Here are the parts (i'm posting this thru my phone so i won't bother with the links. Parts i chose are popular enough for most people to know by name. ):

I5 2500k + gigabye ga-z68ma d2h b3 = 180 + 75 = $255 @ microcenter

Rosewill challenger or antec 300 = 50 & 60 respectively (still undecided which one, buy leaning on challenger?

Gskill ddr3 1600 8gb ram = 60

Samsung f3 1 tb = 60

Xfx core edition 550 = 70

CM hyper 212+ = 30

Dvd drive = 20

Windowa 7 = 100

Monitor = ??? need advice

Gpu = budget dependent

Total for now = 643 before tax and rebate

Approximate Purchase Date: preferably before august ends (for microcenter deal on 2500k. If not yhen by thanksgiving)
 
Budget Range: max of 1200 after tax, before rebate (preferably lower somewhere along 1100)
 
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, browsing, skype chat
 
Parts Not Required: i need all. Including monitor preferably about 23-24" and at least 1900x180
 
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, amazon and other reputable websites (please note i'm in california so i pay tax on newegg and microcenter, but amazon is tax free)
 
Country of Origin: united states
 
Parts Preferences: none as long as parts are of good quality. Doesn't have to be best, but at least decent.
 
Overclocking: Yes if cpu/mobo allows it
 
SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in the future) if mobo allows. Else i'll stay single card
 
Monitor Resolution: 1900 x 1080 or 1900 x 1200 (still has to buy)
 
Additional Comments:

-I know my build above does not include a gpu yet. With gpu i'm flexible, but minimum i want is a 6870. Of course more powerful is better, but only if budget allows for it.

-i may be able to get someone who's a student to get me a windows copy. (student price is $45 if i'm not mistaken)

-is that a smart mobo choice for me? Will it allow me to OC my cpu to at least 4ghz? If not, should i upgrade my mobo to something else or should i just downgrade to an i3-2100 or i5-2400?

-if OC is put of the picture (either due to mobo limitations or dropping down to a 2100/2400 cpu), then i won't need an aftermarket cooler. Correct?

-i think my psu is too much for a single gpu build, but i chose 550 watts so that if in the future i upgrade cards (for when 6970s/gtx570s drop down in price) i'm still covered.

-even though computer is for gaming, i'm not a hardcore gamer. But even though i'm not hardcore, i still want my games to run smoothly. Games i'm currently interested in are bf3, diablo3, sc2, counterstrike, medal of honor. (mostly shooters)
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  1. Ps. Forgot to mention. Browsing typically comes with multitasking too. Typical session would be : 4-7 browser tabs + yahoo messenger + music thru itunes. I'd say i would be gaming 50% of the time and browsing the other 50%

    Tax is 8.75% here, so just add 10% to the cost and it'll be close enough
  2. I would go with a minimum HD6850 or GTX 460 1GB in that build. I would look at led back light Asus monitor
  3. I wouldn't recommend running dual cards on that mATX board. Here's some options to look at. 750w psu to power dual 560's or dual 560ti's.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-KKN1/dp/B003ZM7YTA $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

    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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $129.99 + $7.87 Shipping
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 179.99 (walk in only)
    Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_c $27.44 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

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    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM BL2CP51264BA160A

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    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

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    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics-01G-P3-1460-KR/dp/B0050I1PHO $184.88 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1460-KR

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    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944.html <----- 560 vs 560ti vs 6870

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3 <----- a better look at that Asrock board
  4. I think your budget can fit HD 6950 2Gb ... you should go for Sapphire one. It can be unlocked into 6970
  5. Using why_me's suggestion. I came up with:

    Case - $60
    Antec 620w - $70
    Asrock z68 - $138
    2500k - $180
    Hyper 212+ - $28
    ram - $55
    Hdd - $60
    dvd - $20
    6870 -$175

    Roughly about $835 after tax. So i have max of $365 for windows, monitor, keyboard and mouse. Almost right up to my limit.

    Do i really need a 2500k for my intended uses?(see op for uses)

    I'm just concerned that i'm being driven more by my "wants" rather than what's practical.
  6. u don't need it .. but for 180 it a steal .. plus it will last u for awhile
  7. @madchrmist that's exactly what i'm telling myself. Else, i would juat get an i3/h61 combo

    @why_me can you check microcenter if they have good mobos there? They have a -$40 off promo for mobos when purchased with 2nd gen i3/i5/i7 processors.
  8. either this one http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0367877
    if u just do one GPU

    or this one http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366193
    if u want to CF in the future
    the difference is minimal so it all comes to u if u want to spend extra on better GPU which will be Hd6950 1GB
  9. @madchemist thanks. Quick question: has it been announced which chipsets are ivybridge compatible?
  10. it will be comaptible with H67, P67 and Z68 chipsets
  11. So if i went with an h67 mobo for around $70-80 with i3-2100 (to be upgraded to ivy bridge), are there any games that would tax the i3-2100? (assuming good gpu)
  12. Best answer
    IMO
    u have to decide what is that u looking for.

    1st way

    U get i-2100 and H67 and let say HD6950 2Gb
    it will handle most of the games at high quality, although will lack in multithread programs but if u only plan on skype and browsing u will be good.
    later on ivy bridge comes out and when it will get to a reasonable price u can upgrade ( i think by the end of next year). The only problem that u will not be able to overclock ur CPU which will save u on cooler

    2nd way
    u get Z68 or P67 mobo and i-2500k and let's say 6870
    most of the games will run at high quality at 1920x1080 resolution but u might have to oc GPU.
    U will most likely OC CPU as well depending on the choice of mobo u go far or not (cheaper Z68 will not let u go further then 4.2Ghz while P67 can up u to 5Ghz)
    u will need non-reference cooler like Cm hyper 212+ and extra fans in ur case
    ivy bridge comes out and u can wait a little bit more and get K series ...i-2500k will last u for some time especially with OC

    another thing to mention is PSU for 1st system u'll be fine with decent 600w as u will not OC much (also HD6950 2gb can be unlocked into 69700
    for a second system i would go at least 650-700W as u will OC ur CPU and GPU (if u feel like it) also think about possible CF or SLi which will cost u extra
  13. I have to admit i am a bit unsure as to what to get. It's because i "want" a 2500k but i'm having a hard time justifying the cost over a much cheaper i3/h67 solution. By going with i3 i can get a better gpu. The 2500k combo would last longer before it becomes too weak to run though, and gpu are easier to upgrade than cpu/mobo.
  14. then go with p67 that has 2 pcix that can go x8/x8 i-2500k and something like HD6870 or GTX 560Ti and then just pop another one in when u feel like u need it
  15. Best answer selected by sky03.
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