Need help with my i5 2500k build PLZ!

Hello everyone.

I'm on my journey to making myself a gaming rig. I plan to spend about $1k so I decided to go with the i5 2500k.

That is how far I got to so far, and this is where my problem begins. I don't have much knowledge when it comes to building computers. I know a little, but that is not enough to build a system without reaching out a hand. So if you would help me get things going, I would really appreciate it. I will thank every single posts that contributes to my goal. Thank you!!

Right now, I'm on the stage for picking out a motherboard. I found 2 that looked good on newegg, and I need your help to see if these are good boards. Also, please point out if there are better boards out there that I missed.

1. ASUS P8Z68-V PRO - $210

2. GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 - $135
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  1. I would get the asus for that i5 now you spent 425.00
  2. If mobo is 200 i5 is just right it 214 cpu and mobo should be around the same price something I learned long ago
  3. Best answer
    Here is a build for you that should help you out the rest of the way
    If you plan to SLI/CF bump the PSU up to a 750W with the 560Ti or a HD 6950

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $50.00

    Intel Core i5-2500K - $215.00

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $125.00

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $45.00

    MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $245.00

    Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM - $115.00

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $26.00

    LITE-ON DVD Burner - $19.00

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified - $95.00

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - $100.00

    Total: $1035 (w/o taxes/shipping/MIRs)
  4. Thank you everyone for replying to my questions! I thought I could thank the posts that were helpful to me but it seems like tomshardware doesn't have that function. After my build is complete, I will select the best answer.

    I have a microcenter in my area and I plan on shopping there for black friday. They just released their black friday ad and I found some nice deals I could get.

    1. Core i5 2500k - $149.99
    2. Corsair XMS 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Dimm Kit - $24.99
    3. Samsung 22x Dvd Rw Burner - 17.99
    4. eXtreme Power Plus 700W ATX Power Supply - $49.99
    5. Cooler Master HAF 932 - $100

    Everything from #1 to #4 looks great to me. #5 might be an overkill for an i5 2500k system, right? If so, how is Antec 300 for $35 from bestbuy for my build?

    They also have alot of SSD, Cooling fans, Water Cooling deals.
    Do I need to get water cooling for my system?
    Do I need to replace my factory cooling fans?
    Does SSD help other than booting and starting up applications faster?
  5. a little sample of my unfinished build so far

    CPU: Core i5 2500k $149.99
    RAM: Corsair XMS 8Gb DDR3 1333MHz $24.99
    Optical Drive: Samsung 22x $17.99
    PSU: eXtreme Power Plus 700W $49.99
    Case: Antec 300 $35
  6. Rosebud said:
    If mobo is 200 i5 is just right it 214 cpu and mobo should be around the same price something I learned long ago

    Sometimes this is true but atm AsRock z68 extreme3 gen3 at 125$ is a fantastic pair to the i5 2500k. One of the best motherboards i have ever had with the only problem that it doesn't come with any bells or whistles, just the basics: the board, 2 sata cables, the backplate, a manual and dvd and an audio cable extension.
  7. You guys would prefere asrock z68 over the gigabyte mobo i posted in my original post? They are priced at a similar price. The gigabyte one however is toms hardwares 2011 recommended buy.
  8. Best answer selected by skitsofrenic.
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