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$1000 or lower Core i5 2500K system

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: I would like to keep it under $1000 or lower.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will use this computer for surfing the internet, music, watching blu rays, ripping movies, casual gaming.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, hard drive, power supply (using 500 watt from current computer)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter

Country: United States

Overclocking: Maybe, I’m interested in doing so for this build.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I am not sure if I’m going overboard for this build. I want to be able to play some games but they don’t have to be at max settings. The only other intensive application I will be doing on this computer is Blu Ray and DVD Ripping. This is my first build in many years. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

CPU: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

Motherboard: GA-Z68AP-D3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard $109.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375352

SSD Boot Drive: Agility 3 60GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce 2281 Controller $109.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364779

Memory: XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) $49.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0347306

Video Card: 01G-P3-1556-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card $149.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360190

Blu Ray drive: LG 12X SATA Blu-Ray DVD Burner with Lightscribe Support – OEM $79.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373112

OS: Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit OEM (PC) $138.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361168

Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0283272
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  1. Best answer
    It looks great but you will need a PSU
    This is appropriate.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365237
    Also AMD has better video playback for movies
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373329
    The price is similar and the performance will be noticeably higher.

    If gaming is not a major concern just one of many uses
    a 6770 may be a better fit as it is only slightly less powerfull and 20 dollars cheaper.
    Effectively the 5770 is shy of the 550ti in gaming performance as the 550ti is shy of the 6790.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0367844

    I would normally suggest a 6850 which will be another 20 or so more expensive than what you are spending on the graphics card but the gaming advantage would be worth it.

    All in all the 6970 would be superior in gaming and video playback for the same price.
    Just some thoughts.
  2. I'm pretty sure spentshells means to say 6790 when he says 6970, but I agree with his analysis. He is also right that you need a PSU.

    Just a warning that people who buy a 60GB/64GB SSD for their boot drive (including myself) quite often say they wish they'd splurged on a larger drive. 60GB just isn't quite enough space for a lot of people to comfortably manage everything. You're looking at Windows, a few essential programs, and maybe one large game (two if you're lucky). I'm not saying you shouldn't do it, just that it's going to be tight.

    Finally be aware that blu-ray playback on a computer is a pain in the butt right now. I don't know what your logic is for getting the BD drive, but if you're expecting to use your computer as your primary blu-ray movie player then you're in for some struggles for now.
  3. Yep thanks and yes I suppose your right about the small boot disk.
  4. Thanks for the responses spentshells and danraies. I took into consideration your comments and I am thinking about going with this video card:

    XFX HD-679X-ZRFC AMD Radeon HD 6790 1024MB DDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card $139.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373329

    Do you think this card is worth the money for the performance?

    I am also thinking of increasing the SSD drive to 120 GB

    OCZ Technology Agility 3 120GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce 2281 Controller $179.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364780

    As far as the Power Supply, I was thinking of using my current Dynex 500 Watt power supply but I realize that it is a cheap best buy unit. Do you think it would power this build or should I just get a new power supply?
  5. The GPU and SSD that you chose are both good choices. An OCZ SSD might require a firmware upgrade, though, which isn't a big deal but just so you're aware. The Crucial M4 and Samsung 830 are also good choices in case you're looking out for holiday sales.

    Your Dynex 500W PSU probably provides enough power, but it's not a good brand and depending on how old it is I'm not sure I would trust it. Sometimes it's hard to justify putting money into a PSU because they don't have any flashy features, but reliability is important. If your PSU goes down it could easily take some other hardware with it. It's up to you, really.
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