Tell me what you think on my $1700 intel i5 2500k build

please tell me what you think and give me any advice also in a while i intend to SLI another 570


MOTHERBOARD- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730 ---------------------------------------------------- $194.99

HARDDRIVE- 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 --------------------------------------------------------------- $59.99

CPU- Intel i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 ------------------------------------------------------------ $219.99

RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144 ----------------------------------------------------------------$51.99

VIDEO CARD-EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) (still maybe considering the MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130692&Tpk=570%20CLASSIFIED -------------------------------$359.99


SDD Hardrive- Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442 -------------------------------------------------------------$197.99

PSU- CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034 -------------------------------------------------------------$219.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 ----------------------------------------------------------------$19.99

CPU COOLER- Master Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 ----------------------------------------------------------------- $34.99

CASE- COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$159.99
OPERATING SYSTEM- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 -----------------------------------------------------------------$99.99

MONITOR- ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000000:1 (ASCR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236174&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1m3c2o02ravxh--
---------------------------------------------------------------------- $189.99 (not positive on monitor)


TOTAL=$1800
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  1. A few things:

    You have 2 PSUs, one is bundled with the motherboard and then the one listed separately. Drop one and that cuts off at least 129.99 (i'd drop the combo and just get the mobo by itself)

    The price on the HDD is listed too high. Its 59.99, not 85.99

    There are cheaper DVD burners for 18.99 and work the same.

    IMO the case is way too expensive if not water cooling. Again, thats just my opinion.

    You forgot RAM.
  2. If i got a 27" monitor would that effect my fps or gameplay resolution
  3. flooosh said:
    If i got a 27" monitor would that effect my fps or gameplay resolution


    Only if the resolution is higher. If you are not using all the features of the Z68 board I would suggest going for a P67 board. Then get a smaller PSU as 1050W is much more than you will need. I think the Gskill RAM kits are cheaper that Corsair's and they are just as good.

    Then you can maybe look at upping your GPU to a GTX 580.
  4. i was told by a couple people i should get 1000 watt power supply for future SLI use but if i have that much power when i dont need it is that bad or able to damage my parts.
    also whats a good monitor to get?
  5. flooosh said:
    i was told by a couple people i should get 1000 watt power supply for future SLI use but if i have that much power when i dont need it is that bad or able to damage my parts.
    also whats a good monitor to get?


    I'd like an answer to that two, the Asus monitors seem to have a great rep tho :)
  6. flooosh said:
    i was told by a couple people i should get 1000 watt power supply for future SLI use but if i have that much power when i dont need it is that bad or able to damage my parts.
    also whats a good monitor to get?


    Not bad in the sense of damage. Having an over-dimensioned PSU may result in reduced PSU efficiency when you don't draw much power from it.
    However, if you really plan to go for the second 570 soon, then go for it.
    (though maybe 800W is enough, but I'm not sure about that)
  7. try one of the calculators. a corsair 850w might be enough for 2x 570, but it would probably be close. especially when you factor in the CPU overclock and whatever other things you put in your computer.
  8. the calculator said Your Recommended Minimum Power Supply is 900 Watts but to make sure to get more then the recommended to make sure its stable so how much over 900 should i get 1000? also anyone want to recommend a monitor? maybe a 27" or a "24"
  9. you do NOT even need 850w for that video card.
  10. im going to SLI in like 6 monthss
  11. wassup with 18 ???

    Please , with sugar on top , educate my dumb arse !!!
  12. I'd say you're spending too much on that PSU. An 800 - 850W at that 80 plus rating would be just fine. Aim for something between $100-130. Also, great choice for high end SSD, however from a price balance, it should be a bit less. Adata 510 is a step below, but compared to a HDD, it still has screaming performance, but is often priced around $140-150.

    And yea, some people are gonna bitch about the case, but ah well.

    Also, why go for a factory overclocked card when you can find a stock one for around $300 with rebates? Hell, I got my GTX 580s for $370 (With rebates, and yes, one didn't get the $50 rebate cause I got 2 :( ). That one has a stock cooler anyways so you might get lucky overclocking one yourself.
  13. Get the same RAM specs but in low profile:

    Mushkin:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226191
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226219
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226217

    Corsair Vengeance
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 $5 off w/ promo code EMCJKKC52, ends 10/10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196

    Look here:

    The 560 Ti-900Mhz ($210) and 570 ($360), when overclocked to the max possible speed, produced almost identical frame rates with the 560 edging out the 570 by 2 fps when ya add up all the game scores:

    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx560ti/4.htm
    http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_geforce_gtx_570_review/

    In Guru3D's tests, in SLI, the 560 Ti (900MHz) loses out to the 570 by 11 fps (862 to 873)

    Case / PSU - 850 watter just fine for either set of cards. Would suggest you look at the following pairings as an alternative:

    Antec DF-85 ($135) or 1200 V3 w/ CP-850 ($115) As a CP form factor PSU, the CP has a "unfair advantage" (see why in link below) over competitors case / PSU combos in coolness and quietness. Jonnyguru gives the CP-850 a 10.0 performance rating and says "It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise."

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

    HAF-X ($180) w/ AX850 - The HX850 ($160) is comparable to the CP and also Corsairs AX ($190) series. The X is a significant improvement over the 932 ($140) and worth the $20.

    Personally, having built multiple boxes w/ all of them, and setting price aside, I prefer the Antec combos. From a builders standpoint .... the fact that it leaves an extra $90 in my user's pockets is a plus too.

    The Hyper 212 is a great budget cooler. But since everything else in this box is top end, I don't see why ya skimped here. I'd move up to a Hyper 612 (Assuming they hit the shelves sometime soon) or a Thermaltake Silver Arrow which is whisper quiet.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=797&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11676/cpu-tri-77/Thermalright_Silver_Arrow_Dual_160mm_x_140mm_Fan_Universal_CPU_Cooler_Sockets_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3.html
  14. Very similar build to my own. I would recommend getting a cheaper motherboard. There is no need for a $200 motherboard unless you plan on Tri SLI. A $150 from MSI or Asrock is better.

    Get the HX850 instead of 1050, you do not need more than 850 watts for SLI 570+OC

    Highly recommend the Twin Frozr III 570 over reference, much better for a small increase in cost
  15. ares640 said:
    Very similar build to my own. I would recommend getting a cheaper motherboard. There is no need for a $200 motherboard unless you plan on Tri SLI. A $150 from MSI or Asrock is better.

    Get the HX850 instead of 1050, you do not need more than 850 watts for SLI 570+OC

    Highly recommend the Twin Frozr III 570 over reference, much better for a small increase in cost



    i was thinking of getting the twin frozr but the evga had a lifetime waranty. u sure i can run 2 in SLI of 850 watts the recomended wattage calc said 900 recomended and ur sposted to get a bit more then the recomended

    how did you over clock to 4.2 ghz thats about how much id like to overclock too but i dont know anything about overclocking, how hot does your cpu run at.
  16. flooosh said:
    how did you over clock to 4.2 ghz thats about how much id like to overclock too but i dont know anything about overclocking, how hot does your cpu run at.


    There are two main ways of overclocking your processor. Go into the BIOS and increase the multiplier, or increase the maximum turbo multiplier so that it clocks automatically. You can find guides everywhere if you look. At 4.2 Ghz, I get around 27-29C idle 51-53 load
  17. If you sign up for newegg account it will show you that many of these items are on sale. For ex) 2500k is 195. ASUS VE248H 170. ASUS sabertooth p67 was 220 now 180. Just some knowledge.
  18. i made a newegg account and nothiing was cheaper
  19. i think i go with this power supply unless you guys think 850 watts is enough for SLI
    LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  20. flooosh said:
    i think i go with this power supply unless you guys think 850 watts is enough for SLI
    LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


    Go with Corsair and Seasonic for power supplies, most Antec and XFX are good as well. Aim for 80+ Silver.

    850 watts is perfect for SLI 570/580. If you are not going to SLI, then 650 watt is more than enough.
  21. i say you should stay with brand quality psu like corsair or seasonic , i've nerver heard of this brand name psu so i doubt it will be good
  22. For $1700 you should be able to easily build a 570 SLI machine...
  23. borden5 said:
    i say you should stay with brand quality psu like corsair or seasonic , i've nerver heard of this brand name psu so i doubt it will be good


    Rather Xfx or seasonic. Cheaper than corsair but similar quality.
  24. Ugh..

    Case: HAF 932 Advanced instead of HAFX $149

    GPU: Don't get a reference cooler. MSI Twin Frozr III $369

    PSU: You do not need 80+ gold, it is a waste. Corsair HX850 for $169

    Motherboard: You have 2 selected by the way. Go Z68: Asrock extreme 3 or MSI GD55 for $150

    CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO
  25. flooosh said:
    please tell me what you think and give me any advice also in a while i intend to SLI another 570


    MOTHERBOARD- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730 ---------------------------------------------------- $194.99

    HARDDRIVE- 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 --------------------------------------------------------------- $59.99

    CPU- Intel i5 2500k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 ------------------------------------------------------------ $219.99

    RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144 ----------------------------------------------------------------$51.99

    VIDEO CARD-EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) (still maybe considering the MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130692&Tpk=570%20CLASSIFIED -------------------------------$359.99


    SDD Hardrive- Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442 -------------------------------------------------------------$197.99

    PSU- CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034 -------------------------------------------------------------$219.99

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 ----------------------------------------------------------------$19.99

    CPU COOLER- Master Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 ----------------------------------------------------------------- $34.99

    CASE- COOLER MASTER HAF 932
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$159.99
    OPERATING SYSTEM- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 -----------------------------------------------------------------$99.99

    MONITOR- ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000000:1 (ASCR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236174&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1m3c2o02ravxh--
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------- $189.99 (not positive on monitor)


    TOTAL=$1800

    @ the OP...like the poster JackNaylorPE pointed out...lose that RAM with those cake cutter heat spreaders unless you plan on using them for a hair comb. They will only impede the cpu h/s.

    850w for dual 570's. This one down below is modular.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Performance-CP-9020004-NA/dp/B005E98EI2/ref=sr_1_14?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1318364543&sr=1-14 $131.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020004-NA

    Down below is two boards worth taking a look at. You can get those same boards from Amazon with free shipping.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131729 $179.99
    ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    or...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 $154.99
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4%20Gen3 <----- a better look at that board

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0
  26. This power supply
    Seasonic 850w $129.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151100

    or Why_me's buy asap, only 2 left in stock.
  27. i think im gonna switch to
    MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    because its a bit better even though it doesn't have the lifetime waranty
  28. flooosh said:
    i think im gonna switch to
    MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    because its a bit better even though it doesn't have the lifetime waranty


    Good choice, its what I have.
  29. why is everyone writing 18?
  30. mauler184 said:
    why is everyone writing 18?


    I've been wondering that myself. :lol:

    Good choices for the most part - a 1050W PSU is pretty overkill, you can shave at least $100 by going with a 750 or less wattage, just make sure that your PSU is certified and rated.
  31. flooosh said:
    i made a newegg account and nothiing was cheaper


    I got an email for the 48 hour sale check the site. Check your email.
  32. what is on sale that i have selected i think nothing right unsure?

    between these 3 monitors which should i get

    id prefer 27 inch but dont want shitty contrast origanly leasing toward asus 23.6 "


    ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000000:1 (ASCR)


    SAMSUNG P2770FH ToC Rose Black 27" 1ms Full HD HDMI LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 70,000:1 (1,000:1)
    Average Rating 4 out of 5 eggs(221 reviews) Write a Review


    Asus VE248H Black 24" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1


    and heres what i have my current build is anything elts you think i should change


    will SLI in 5 months


    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $19.99


    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ...
    Item #: N82E16811119160
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $159.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$5.00 Instant
    $64.99
    $59.99


    MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
    Item #: N82E16814127582
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy


    Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
    Item #: N82E16817151100
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$5.00 Instant
    $129.99
    $124.99


    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
    Item #: N82E16820233186
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $68.99
    $58.99


    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Item #: N82E16813131730
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$15.00 Instant
    $209.99
    $194.99


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    Item #: N82E16819115072
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $219.99


    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116986
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99

    Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
    Item #: N82E16817151100


    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820148442
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
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