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Finalized Intel Build. Rate please!

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January 11, 2012 5:07:03 AM

I'm back with some more build questions! Below are my Build Asking Specs and below that are my parts choices.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week most likely

Budget Range: 500-610 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing, Mild Gaming, Casual Use for the next 4 years

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Peripherals, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg or Amazon Preferred

Country: Nevada, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor with Z68 MB (for Ivy Bridge in the future)

Overclocking: Yes, but in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Must stay strong for the next 4-5 years (Solid Future-Proof Build); Lower price is better only if quality is not sacrificed
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Proccesor: Intel i5-2500k $219.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z86 Extreme3 Gen3 $121.99 + $7.87
RAM: GSkill 8GB (2x4) DDR3 1600 $44.99
Case: Antec 300 $57.99 --> $49.99 + 0.00
HDD: Seagate 500GB SATA III 7200rpm $84.99
PSU: OCZ 500W Modular $64.99 --> $44.99 + 0.00
Fan + Heatsink: Hyper 212+ $29.99

Build Total (before rebates) = $624.93 + $7.87 = $632.80
Build Total (after rebates) = $596.93 + $7.87 = $604.80
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Someone recommended me the PSU. It looks like a decent unit, but I keep hearing that the cables are short. If you have any experience with this PSU, is it a big problem?

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Slightly off-topic, but I hear that AMD's Piledrivers will only be about 10% better than the Bulldozers ("Faildozers"?). So a i5-2500k won't be "out-classed" by them right?

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Thanks for the help! This is my first time building and I just want to make sure it goes well. :hello: 
January 11, 2012 8:59:26 AM

It's a solid build, but you haven't included a graphics card?

Integrated will work just fine for desktop display and media/flash but if your planning on playing "proper" games like Call of Duty, or Skyrim or whatever then you'll be wanting a dedicated GPU.

500w PSU will allow you to use any GPU's up to, and including, GTX 560Ti or ATI 6950. The GTX 560Ti would be my personal recommendation due to its over-clocking ability and current performance in games.
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January 12, 2012 4:53:33 AM

AdrianPerry said:
It's a solid build, but you haven't included a graphics card?

Integrated will work just fine for desktop display and media/flash but if your planning on playing "proper" games like Call of Duty, or Skyrim or whatever then you'll be wanting a dedicated GPU.

500w PSU will allow you to use any GPU's up to, and including, GTX 560Ti or ATI 6950. The GTX 560Ti would be my personal recommendation due to its over-clocking ability and current performance in games.


I'm going to use the i5-2500k integrated graphics. Gaming isn't that big a deal for me, so no need for a dedicated GPU.
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