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September 16, 2011 5:27:18 PM

Greetings from the distant lands of Canada, just put together a $650 dollar build, minus some things I have left over from my previous system, never really used these forums before but I've always kept up with Toms Hardware (yessir me and Tom go way back) so I figured I'd see what opinions you guys have on this build. And if no one posts anything I'll have to assume I am perfect.


Intel Core i5 2500k : 199.99


BIOSTAR TP67B+ LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: 114.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 : 39.99


PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 : 149.99


Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" : 36.99


$639.73 (this includes taxes, shipping and a 20 dollar DVD burner)

I'm $10 dollars under budget. Any thoughts?

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September 16, 2011 5:52:28 PM

Seems fine. Go for Z68 motherboard as others said.
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September 16, 2011 7:21:19 PM

@ OP
Biostar is not very good choice for mobo .. try looking for something else like Gigabyte, Asrock or ASUS
September 16, 2011 7:47:34 PM

Nothing wrong with biostar, i have had the board you are looking at for a few months now and it runs spectacular with zero issues. Have it mildly OC'd at 4.2ghz without touching voltage (2500k).

Although the reason i got mine is because it was 59.99 at microcenter, got my 2500k there as well for 179.99, so i couldnt pass it up.
September 16, 2011 8:02:49 PM

The build quality is not very good. For instance they use regular MOSFET which releases 16% more heat then low RDS ones.
Agree on microcenter. Best store to get cpu+mobo combo
September 17, 2011 6:18:17 PM

That's great if you live near a microcenter......
September 17, 2011 6:20:31 PM

Radeon HD 6870 for same price