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A new Intel i5 build

Hi all,
This is my first question on Tom's Hardware forum.
So, if the quality of the post does not meet the standard, please let me know.

Let's go straight to the point.

I am putting together a new rig.
With a massive help from other Tom's hardware posts, I've decided on:

MB: Asus P8P67 PRO REV 3.1
CPU: Core i5 2500 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 560 OC Edition 1GB
Case: Fractal Design Arc Case
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro, 700W
Cooling: Zalman CNPS10X EXTREME
SDD: OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD
RAM: Kingston KHX1600C9D3T1K2 8GB

My budget is around £700.
I'll use it for work and a little bit of gaming (Starcraft 2, Diablo3 and potentially BF3), with a a hope that it will be future proof (for another 3 years or so).


My question is: Do you guys think that the components will do a good job for the money? and also
Can you tell if there are any immediate problems with this spec, like compatibility issues.

Any help will be much appreciated.


Thanks


sGssmoke


PS: Tom's Hardware Rocks by the way
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  1. Get the GTX 560 Ti. It is a worthy upgrade for the money.
  2. Best answer
    Do NOT get the i5 2500 without the unlocked processor, get the i5 2500k, it's only $5 more expensive on newegg, and allows for overclocking. If you are going to say "Well, I don't plan on overclocking" then get the i5 2400, which performs at similar levels as the i5 2500k, but without the ability to OC (nor does the 2500) but it is cheaper. Since you are adding a SSD AND an aftermarket HSF to your system, might as well buy a 2500k.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
    I also do not recommend you buy the SSD UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY! Use that money from the SSD to buy a gtx 570:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593
  3. If you are going to get an after market cooler then you might as well get a i5-2500k, otherwise don't be an after market cpu cooler.
    And yes, the 560 Ti is a worthy upgrade,
    even if you are only going to play games like Starcraft 2 and Diablo.
    It is always a good idea to have a little extra room in your power supply, but you can skimp you PSU down to a 600w.
    If you wish to even more save money, ditch the ram and get a 4gb kit. Although you can still get 8gb kits very cheap nowadays, 4gb is still adequate for gaming.
    Other than that you have a very decent build.
  4. roblaw42 said:
    Get the GTX 560 Ti. It is a worthy upgrade for the money.


    Nice one! Thank you for the advice. I was thinking about that one actually.
  5. r0aringdrag0n said:
    Do NOT get the i5 2500 without the unlocked processor, get the i5 2500k, it's only $5 more expensive on newegg, and allows for overclocking. If you are going to say "Well, I don't plan on overclocking" then get the i5 2400, which performs at similar levels as the i5 2500k, but without the ability to OC (nor does the 2500) but it is cheaper. Since you are adding a SSD AND an aftermarket HSF to your system, might as well buy a 2500k.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
    I also do not recommend you buy the SSD UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY! Use that money from the SSD to buy a gtx 570:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593


    Superb!!!! I had overlooked that detail. Of course I always say 'I don't plan on overlocking', but I am simply lying to myself :whistle:

    I am getting i5 2500k, fact!

    also it's very interesting what you said about SSD.
    Is it suppose to be super fast for applications and OS use?


    Thanks a million
  6. avieor said:
    If you are going to get an after market cooler then you might as well get a i5-2500k, otherwise don't be an after market cpu cooler.
    And yes, the 560 Ti is a worthy upgrade,
    even if you are only going to play games like Starcraft 2 and Diablo.
    It is always a good idea to have a little extra room in your power supply, but you can skimp you PSU down to a 600w.
    If you wish to even more save money, ditch the ram and get a 4gb kit. Although you can still get 8gb kits very cheap nowadays, 4gb is still adequate for gaming.
    Other than that you have a very decent build.


    Cool!!
    Thanks for the advice.

    I'll consider the 600W PSU also 4GB RAM is what I was hoping to go for, initially and then add an extra 4GB at later stage.

    Incidentally

    What do you think of swapping the Asus P8P67 PRO REV 3.1 for ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z? It's more expensive but it has the WOW factor (always been my favourite). The Gene-Z is mATX will it even fit inside the Fractal case?


    Thanks
  7. Yes that is a good Idea, adding another 4gb in the future if you think you need it. Speaking of upgrading, would you consider 560 TI sli in the future? If so you can use that 700w psu or even a 650w.

    Regarding the motherboard, do you need it? It is one badass mobo, but I think a ATX sized would be more ideal for your case. I am using the asus p8z68-v pro at the moment and is good enough for me. There are plenty of other z68 boards you should look into too:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3898#ov
  8. sGssmoke said:
    Superb!!!! I had overlooked that detail. Of course I always say 'I don't plan on overlocking', but I am simply lying to myself :whistle:

    I am getting i5 2500k, fact!

    also it's very interesting what you said about SSD.
    Is it suppose to be super fast for applications and OS use?


    Thanks a million

    An SSD is supposed to make the boot times quicker, but I've realized that my i5 2500k (no SSD) boots win7 in like 10-15 seconds, so unless you really want a boot time like 7-10seconds, I wouldn't recommend getting it
  9. r0aringdrag0n said:
    An SSD is supposed to make the boot times quicker, but I've realized that my i5 2500k (no SSD) boots win7 in like 10-15 seconds, so unless you really want a boot time like 7-10seconds, I wouldn't recommend getting it


    Wow. Did not know that there is so little difference.

    Thanks again
  10. sGssmoke said:
    Wow. Did not know that there is so little difference.

    Thanks again

    Again I'm guessing the times from other reviews from other people, as I do not have a SSD
  11. avieor said:
    Yes that is a good Idea, adding another 4gb in the future if you think you need it. Speaking of upgrading, would you consider 560 TI sli in the future? If so you can use that 700w psu or even a 650w.

    Regarding the motherboard, do you need it? It is one badass mobo, but I think a ATX sized would be more ideal for your case. I am using the asus p8z68-v pro at the moment and is good enough for me. There are plenty of other z68 boards you should look into too:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3898#ov


    Thanks Dude!

    That really helps a lot.
    You are right I don't really need to power of the Gene-Z. But as you said it is a real bad ass! and it will be lovely to have it. But I don't think I'll use it to it's full potential.

    Of the one you suggested The ASRock Extreme sounds particularly interesting.

    The SLI would be something I'd think about. However knowing me I'll probably end up buying a higher spec GPU in couple of years. So having a future proof MoBo is essential.

    Thanks again
  12. Best answer selected by sGssmoke.
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