$1500

Hi

I'm looking forward to build a new PC, which will generally be used for gaming, PhotoShop, multitasking and oc (not extreme). The costs should be around $1500

For the build I have thought of:

M/B: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
GPU: ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II graphics cards with dual-fan cooling performance / MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit
PSU: Corsair Professional Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power - CMPSU-650HX
Tower: Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP

The only thing I am not really sure about is the CPU cooler. As I am not going to extreme oc I thought a Hyper 212+ will do its job. Otherwise I would consider taking a ZALMAN CNPS11X.

I would be glad to hear your opinions to this build and any recommends for a proper CPU Cooler!
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  1. Where are you from? In the US, that build will barely cost a 1000. And maybe less. And even then, you'll get similar performance from lower priced systems.

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  2. Oh sry I overlooked that...

    so again:

    Approximate Purchase Date: November/December 2011

    Budget Range: $100-1500

    System Usage: gaming, photoshop, multitasking

    Parts Not Required: HDD, Soundcard, Drives, mouse, keyboard, monitor

    Country: Israel

    Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, mid tower case

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, probably not

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Parts I have selected:

    M/B: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
    GPU: ASUS GTX570 DirectCU II graphics cards with dual-fan cooling performance / MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit
    PSU: Corsair Professional Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power - CMPSU-650HX
    Tower: COOLER MASTER HAF 922

    The only thing I am not really sure about is the CPU cooler. As I am not going to extreme oc I thought a Hyper 212+ will do its job. Otherwise I would consider taking a ZALMAN CNPS11X.
  3. As far as builds go, that build is just 'bout as stellar as they come. Couldn't find any real flaws even if I tried.

    Just a few observations -

    1. The Hyper 212+ is gonna be more than good enough even for high OC's, just not as good as expensive water cooling. Stick with it for anything less than 4.5Ghz.

    2. Since you're not looking for high clock, drop down your board. Expensive boards are meant for overclockers looking to extract the last bit from their chips. You'll never need a Pro/Delux series board from Asus. Most ~$130 z68's will allow you to get your chip to 4.5 and beyond on air without breaking a sweat.

    3. That PSU is way too expensive for your build. Do you really need a modular PSU? The only thing it will do, is that it will make the inside of your case look pretty. Not much difference otherwise between 80+ Bronze (650TX V2) and 80+ Silver (650HX). The former is non-mod and a whole lot cheaper.

    I can recommend you much cheaper yet high quality mobo and PSU based on what's available in your country. Is there an English language website that I can look at?

    PS: Don't fret. The components you've chosen are pretty much the Best of Breed, but you can prolly save some money without any real world hit on performance.
  4. +1 to the Hyper 212+
  5. calguyhunk said:
    As far as builds go, that build is just 'bout as stellar as they come. Couldn't find any real flaws even if I tried.

    Just a few observations -

    1. The Hyper 212+ is gonna be more than good enough even for high OC's, just not as good as expensive water cooling. Stick with it for anything less than 4.5Ghz.

    2. Since you're not looking for high clock, drop down your board. Expensive boards are meant for overclockers looking to extract the last bit from their chips. You'll never need a Pro/Delux series board from Asus. Most ~$130 z68's will allow you to get your chip to 4.5 and beyond on air without breaking a sweat.

    3. That PSU is way too expensive for your build. Do you really need a modular PSU? The only thing it will do, is that it will make the inside of your case look pretty. Not much difference otherwise between 80+ Bronze (650TX V2) and 80+ Silver (650HX). The former is non-mod and a whole lot cheaper.

    I can recommend you much cheaper yet high quality mobo and PSU based on what's available in your country. Is there an English language website that I can look at?

    PS: Don't fret. The components you've chosen are pretty much the Best of Breed, but you can prolly save some money without any real world hit on performance.


    thx for your answer
    Well unfortunately there isn't really a good english side. but it would also help me if you'd pick some based on newegg.com.
  6. Board: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - If you want to plonk in a gen next CPU in the next couple of years or so.

    PSU: You only need a 550 watt unit if you're not looking to SLI. Depending on pricing and availability, ENERMAX NAXN 80+ 600Watt, SILVERSTONE Strider Essential 600W or CORSAIR TX650 V2. You can also get a SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze, but those things are more expensive.

    If you want to get a SLI capable PSU for the GTX 570, get the CORSAIR TX750 V2

    These are all non-modular ones. If you want modular, more efficient ones, you should get the HX series, but those are obviously much more expensive.
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