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~$600 i5-2500k gaming build review

Last response: in Systems
December 5, 2011 12:50:57 AM

So I received all the parts below on Friday from an online order, except the i3-2100 which I went to buy tonight from the local Microcenter. But when I got to the store, there was a great deal on the i5-2500k which was not advertised online ($60 off CPU + mobo, and the i5-2500k for $180). So I ended up buying a more expensive CPU, motherboard, and power supply (for only about $50 extra). My questions are 1) whether I should use the 600W power supply or the 500W and 2) is my motherboard choice okay? I *might* add a second hard drive at some point.

i3-2100 $99 (upgraded to i5-2500k $120 with mb purchase at Microcenter)
ASRock H61M $70 (upgraded to MSI P67A-C43 $100)
CORSAIR Builder Series 500W CX V2 $60 (upgraded to CORSAIR Build Series 600W CX V2 $70)
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB $180
G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) Value Series RAM $38
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler $26
GAMMA Classic Series ATX Mid Tower $36
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s (previously owned)
Total planned: $520
Total spent after upgrades: $570
December 5, 2011 12:58:08 AM

the i5 2500k is much better as is the p67, too bad it isnt a Z68 but oh well it will do what oyu want it to do. Yes use the 600W, save the 500 for another temp build in the future or sell it.