Would like fast, reliable, office build

Approximate Purchase Date: By atleast Dec., willing to wait for the best deals. Not in a rush.

Budget Range: 500-1000, not a big deal. I'd like it to last me a while. My last build was 6-7 years ago. I don't game as much anymore, so that's why its lasted so long.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching / streaming video. Gaming (simple ones, don't require much such as sports text based games with little graphics). Poker (multiple tables)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, PSU (Antec earthwatts 500), Case (Antec Sonata, wouldn't mind upgrading if I need to), Hard Drive, CD Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or microcenter

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : I5-2500k (yes, it's overkill for my needs, but with the microcenter deal... it's hard to pass up) asus p8z68-v (would get 60 off the board, willing to wait to see if they go back to the 80 dollars off). Crucial m4.

Overclocking: Yes (I know I don't need to, but I haven't done it before... that's why I opted for the ASUS board to make it a little bit easier if/when I wanted too)

SLI or Crossfire:No

Monitor Resolution: would like to run two monitors (can I do that with the ASUS board?)

Additional Comments: This will only be my 2nd build. The first one, my brother helped me out with. I definately don't game as much anymore so I know all this may be overkill... but I like it'd to be fast and reliable. I'd like it to last me as long as I can without having to update for another 5-6 years. I don't mind spending the extra money now for it to last me. I need help in deciding if that mobo is ok? or can I opt for a cheaper one that MC has and would not change the performance at all. Should I update my computer case? if I did OC, etc... would the temps be too hot? I believe there is only one fan in there.
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  1. Edit:

    so my first comment didnt quit work out.. here is something better

    that is more of what you're looking for.. parts your wanting combo'd together.. and decent for games

    again though, get an SSD if you have the extra cash and want more speed :)
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    If you can get good deals from Microcenter on the CPU/mobo go that route, Newegg can't touch those deals.

    I think the 2500K is good choice from a longevity standpoint, and with your budget flexibility, an SSD would be a good investment. You'll need an aftermarket cooler to overclock.

    Since you are not hugely into games that require massive GPU compute power, I think a 6850 would last a while for your uses and provide good multi-monitor connection options.

    If you want to upgrade your case (and with only one fan, you should at the very least add 1 or 2 more fans, if not upgrade), then you might as well get a nice one to last.

    Cooler Master Hyper 212+

    Crucial m4 64GB SSD

    XFX 6850

    Corsair 2 x 4GB 1600 DDR3


    Newegg Cost: ~$460 not including shipping or MIR
    Microcenter: $179 CPU + mobo ($179? version not clear)
    Total: $820.

    Alternatively, you could look at this motherboard, which is a bit cheaper, but not sure about its overclocking abilities.
  3. Keep in mind, you have to pick up the 2500K in store at microcenter. They wont ship it to you :(
  4. Thanks for the replies. Yes, luckily I live close to a microcenter to just go pick one up. Will my PSU be fine for that build with the graphics card? I was going to use the integrated graphics for a while until I needed to update my GPU. I'm worried about the PSU. I was wondering if I should trade it in for the Antec earthwatts 650? Just since I got it at staples, and if I had to exchange it... only brand that staples carries.
  5. Antec is a good brand and their Earthwatts line was a respected line of PSUs when made. 500W is certainly enough to power a 2500k and a 6850, so I wouldn't worry about it, unless you have some reason to doubt your specific unit itself.
  6. Best answer selected by jaguars28fan.
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