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Advice for gaming build i5 2500k

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October 24, 2011 10:57:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: 1500ish or less.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: In the future YES

SLI or Crossfire: Haven't decided

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Here is what I have picked out so far, let me know what your thoughts are and what would be a good motherboard for this set up.

All feedback is much appreciated, thanks!

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer ...

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1333ELK

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

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October 24, 2011 11:54:51 PM

Try getting the Hyper 212 evo instead of the plus.
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October 25, 2011 12:01:53 AM

Not a bad start but a couple of pointers:

- The Obsidian 650D is a nice case but it is major overkill. You don't really need hot swap hard drives in a gaming rig, you don't really need that except in a server environment where you're dealing with huge, huge amounts of data. Go with the Carbide 400 or the Graphite 600T - you'll save about $150 which you can invest elsewhere (I'd say in a better video card like the 570 or 6970). I have the Graphite 600T and it's a very nice, extremely solid and roomy mid tower that will give you plenty of room for the biggest graphics cards, fans, heat sinks, liquid coolers, you name it.

- Go with EVGA over MSI, they're a far more reputable company when it comes to NVIDIA products. If you go with AMD/ATI, Sapphire and XFX are pretty reputable brands in that area.

- Asus DVD burners are horrible. I had one nearly explode on me. Go with Lite-On or Sony - far better and will cause a lot less headaches.

- Avoid Hitachi hard drives - Seagate, Western Digital, and Samsung are all better brands. Hitachis have a much higher fail rate than anything else you can buy.

- Oh and Cooler Master just released a new version of the Hyper 212 called the "Hyper 212 Evo". Check it out:

- You also may want to check out a closed-block liquid cooler like the Corsair H100 or Antec Kuhler and see if that would suit your needs.
October 25, 2011 12:13:03 AM

Hyper 212 evo I believe will be best for you. I recommend looking at Samsung hard drives specifically. You also don't need that big of a power supply. I have the same gpu and 650w is more than enough. Here's a power supply...
I personally prefer XFX and Seasonic over corsair.
October 25, 2011 1:05:05 AM

Wow thanks for all the great information, this really helped me. Any recommendations on a motherboard for this build?
October 25, 2011 1:55:45 AM

I was looking on Newegg and it looks like this board has tons of reviews for it being DOA, any other suggestions?
October 25, 2011 2:24:42 AM

MSI's Z68A-GD80 (B3)?
October 25, 2011 2:41:06 AM