Intel i5 2500 Overclock Build

My second build. This is an ongoing project. I would like to set things up with the potential to expand. SLI or cross firing later, perhaps additional solid state memory and a better monitor. I know HD TVs don’t make very good gaming monitors, but this build will tap me out for a while.
Approximate Purchase Date: January 2012

Budget Range: $600-750

Operating System: Windows 7

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.

Parts Not Required: Operating system, monitor (for now).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I use when I can, because they have better deals and free shipping, but I am living in Canada, so parts from that don’t ship to Canada (check product details) are a no go. Same goes for and

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel and not AMD. I would also like to SLI or crossfire later on though. Lasting value is important, as I will be adding to this setup later when I have more moneys.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Later, yes.

Monitor Resolution: 1080p, 32" LG HD TV

Additional Comments: I am pretty new to all this, but I have done quite a bit of research. I would like to play recent and upcoming games (CIV V, ME3, SWTOR, etc.) at high settings and with little noise. I want my pc to be fast and simple and to perform well without making me poor. I went with the i5 2500 (and not the 2400) for overclock-ability. I went with Solid State memory for overall speed (my none-game memory demands are negligible).

Is this case compatible with the usb 3.0 (since it says "usb 2.0"?

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor [...] PDKIKX0DER

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 [...] PDKIKX0DER


GPU: SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card (to be cross fired with another later on) [...] PDKIKX0DER

HDD: Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2 [...] PDKIKX0DER

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard [...] YIK6Y9EEQB

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms ATX 700 CMPSU-600CXV2 [...] PDKIKX0DER

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 [...] PDKIKX0DER
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  1. Drop down to a 6850
    No need for 8GB get 4GB instead
    Now with the money you just saved buy a CPU that can actually overclock like an i5 2500 "K"!!
  2. Yes. The price difference between the 2500 and the 2500K is about 10% and Intel deliberately make the i5-2500 difficult to overclock.
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    ^I support that. 2500K for sure.
    Hyper 212 EVO. It's $5 more and significantly better.
    Most of your links don't work, incidentally.
    I'd go 750W for future SLI. I think 600'd be pushing it.
    The 912 does not have front-panel USB 3.0 ports. There's no such thing as compatibility between a case and a motherboard port; there's just that extra feature. IMO it's pretty unnecessary: as of yet the only USB 3.0 devices are external hard drives, and you can just plug those into the back of the mobo anyway.
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