Advice for i5-2500 Build

I want advice on any last minute tips or recommendations


Approximate Purchase Date:today


Budget Range:$550-610 ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important:gaming,gaming,gaming


Parts Not Required: operating system


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com


Country of Origin:USA


Parts Preferences:i5-2500, 8 gigs of ram, 6850

Overclocking:no

SLI or Crossfire:no


Monitor Resolution:1900x600 or a little higher


Additional Comments:I want advice on any last minute tips or recommendations

Here's what I've come up with so far:

i5-2500 $210

powercolor 6850 $160

nzxt gamma case $36

corsair builder 500w power supply and corsair xsm3 2x4 RAM combo $93

sony dvd burner and saegate 500gb hdd $54

Asrock H61-VS motherboard$55

total: $608

I want advice on any last minute tips or recommendations
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  1. tryn said:
    I want advice on any last minute tips or recommendations


    Approximate Purchase Date:today


    Budget Range:$550-610 ish

    System Usage from Most to Least Important:gaming,gaming,gaming


    Parts Not Required: operating system


    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com


    Country of Origin:USA


    Parts Preferences:i5-2500, 8 gigs of ram, 6850

    Overclocking:no

    SLI or Crossfire:no


    Monitor Resolution:1900x600 or a little higher


    Additional Comments:I want advice on any last minute tips or recommendations

    Here's what I've come up with so far:

    i5-2500 $210

    powercolor 6850 $160

    nzxt gamma case $36

    corsair builder 500w power supply and corsair xsm3 2x4 RAM combo $93

    sony dvd burner and saegate 500gb hdd $54

    Asrock H61-VS motherboard$55

    total: $608

    I want advice on any last minute tips or recommendations



    Dont take this offensively, but oh boy we got work to do lol

    First let me just mention that with that case you only get a single rear fan. You would need to buy a few more fans and install them so that nothing over heats. (i can go into more detail with this if u wish just ask)

    Second the builds not terrible so dont think it is...

    third you need a bigger PSU period. The recommended PSU for the 6850 depending where you look is 450-500, therefore you need atleast 600.. I would said 650 to be safe. Someone can correct me if im wrong but thats just my personal opinion. Id rather have extra power then not enough :D
  2. I plan on adding an 120mm fan in the front and another on the top.
    I also used the extreme and newegg power supply calculators with 30% capacitor aging so I think 500 corsair watts is enough since I don't plan on doing any overclocking and updating. I am also new to gaming, is a 21.5 monitor big enough or should I spend more on a 23 inch?
  3. honestly for gaming id say 23" however you wont notice much difference with a 21.5 and I dont think it would affect your gaming performance either way. Also I was just giving suggestions so you could be right, and if you dont OC or anything 500 should be fine your right.
  4. Thanks man, its good to know that people are out there to help and offer advice.
  5. tryn said:
    Thanks man, its good to know that people are out there to help and offer advice.


    Not a problem that's what these forums are for. Ive learned alot from everyone here and its only fair to pass it on. Come back any time (most of us tend to be here every day O.o lol)
  6. look out for me on starcraft : PreciseDeath

    wait a week though I still need to get the game and the computer haha
  7. O.O Sir... I think you've mixed up the res.
    I believe you mean 1600x900, and with that said your build is fine.
  8. yeah I was typing while watching tv so I probably overlooked it
  9. aznshinobi said:
    O.O Sir... I think you've mixed up the res.
    I believe you mean 1600x900, and with that said your build is fine.


    i just assumed he ment 1920x1600
  10. I don't believe there are many monitors that use that, Newegg doesn't even sell that resolution I could only google a couple.
  11. aznshinobi said:
    I don't believe there are many monitors that use that, Newegg doesn't even sell that resolution I could only google a couple.


    Ya I just figured maybe he had a weird 1. either way i dont think it really affects the build much since either way the build will run both
  12. Ehh.... If it was 1920x1600 it defiantly would effect the graphical choice. The 6850 probably wouldn't be able to handle games very well.
  13. aznshinobi said:
    Ehh.... If it was 1920x1600 it defiantly would effect the graphical choice. The 6850 probably wouldn't be able to handle games very well.


    Hmm I think it would but i think he indirectly said he ment 1600x 900
  14. I meant 1600x900 or slightly higher
  15. ^ Yeah, in any case your build is solid tryn! Drop down to the i5 2400/2300 to save a bit more money and you'd be golden, the 2500 is a bit of a waste since the 2400/2300 would perform similarly. That little difference in clock speed would make little diff.
  16. Is there a noticeable difference between the i5 2500 and the i5 2300?

    I am for sure going to drop down to a 2400, but 2.8 ghtz seems kinda low even though it's an i5.

    What do you think?
  17. No difference that would be noticeable.
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/01/03/intel-sandy-bridge-review/10
    As you can see the average FPS is only 1 FPS different from the 2500K and that's 200mhz more than the i5 2400. Though if you are worried just stay with the i5 2400.
  18. Yeah, I'll just go with the 2400. And I've decided go with the builder 600 power supply since it's only $10 more. Thanks for all the advice.

    Any last advice before I hit checkout?
  19. just enjoy :D
  20. Nope good luck!
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