Gaming/College Build $625...

Hey!

My goal: Build a rock solid platform that can become a moderate gaming PC with few upgrades in the near future.

I'm completely new to custom gaming PC's, so please critique the following potential build for suitability as a gaming PC 6 months from now, at which time I will be adding a discreet GPU (GeForce GTX 560 or above), adding more RAM, and performing an overclock of the CPU (with upgraded air cooling). Thanks much!

Budget: $6-650
Usage: (1) homework/productivity; (2) gaming; (3) multimedia; (4) audio processing; (5) web browsing
Purchase date: ASAHP
Buying from Newegg and Best Buy
Location: USA
SLI/Crossfire: NO
Overclock: YES


Case: Antec Three Hundred

PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 600 or 700W

CPU: Core i5-2500k

MOBO: ASRock H61M/U3S3

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 500GB

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 1x4GB DDR3 1333

Optical: LITE-ON 24x DVD Burner

Network: Any wireless PCI-e card in the $25 range from Best Buy
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  1. For 2500k you need an P67 or Z68 board, with H61 you can overclock the 2500k.
    I recomend you this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279 or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138319 they are the cheapest Z68 mobos.
    Case go with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153 is 10$ cheaper and comes with 3 fans preinstaled.
    Power supply : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017 and after rebates is 49$.
    Memory is the cheapest 2x4GB but is a good RAM : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178333
  2. Probably a good time to read the system builder marathon $600 article which you will find on the home page .

    The components you have listed wont game much ...if at all . For that a power graphics card is needed .

    Definitely stay away from the rosewill challenger case if you can fit the Antec 300 in to your budget .
    The rosewill won an award for being cheap . It was just the best they could afford ...not the best they could find . They even mentioned wishing they could have afforded the Antec because the rosewill was made of such light weight metal
  3. Outlander_04 said:
    Probably a good time to read the system builder marathon $600 article which you will find on the home page .

    The components you have listed wont game much ...if at all . For that a power graphics card is needed .

    Definitely stay away from the rosewill challenger case if you can fit the Antec 300 in to your budget .
    The rosewill won an award for being cheap . It was just the best they could afford ...not the best they could find . They even mentioned wishing they could have afforded the Antec because the rosewill was made of such light weight metal



    Yeah, I read the December gaming build article, and I was disappointed with the quality/features of the components. I do enough audio processing that I want to do an overclock when I eventually get a recording interface. On that note, I will definitely follow sosofm's advice and get a z68 mobo. Kinda blows my budget but I can deal with it for a system that will do the 10km.

    Thanks!
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