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January 20, 2012 7:08:26 PM

I'm about to make a new build within the next week!! Here's some stuff I'm thinking of buying for it:

Case: Coolermaster Elite 430

CPU: i5 2500k

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H61M-USB3-B3 H61 Socket 1155 7.1 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard

Ram: G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX

PSU: OCZ ZS Series 650W 80+ Bronze PSU

Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Barracuda Hard Drive 7200RPM 16MB Cache

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222AB 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA

I already bought the GPU which is the EVGA 560 ti SC :)  All I'm going to use the Pc for is gaming so is there anything I should change??

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January 20, 2012 7:12:19 PM

Do you intend to overclock ?

If not then save some cash and just buy the 2500

If you do then you may wish to buy a P or Z rated Mobo.
Such as the MSI Z68MA-G45 MATX
January 20, 2012 7:14:27 PM

Not to sure if I will overclock. Will I be able to with the Mobo i chose?
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January 20, 2012 7:18:34 PM

No im afraid not.
January 20, 2012 7:19:34 PM

And the normal i5 2500 will be perfectly capable of playing any game you can throw at it at stock speeds, so just buy the cheaper CPU.
January 20, 2012 7:20:00 PM

Damn :/  is there any motherboard in the same price range as the gigabyte one that can OC?
January 20, 2012 7:21:17 PM

How much you paying for it?
January 20, 2012 7:22:53 PM

£49.11. The only reason I picked the 2500k was because its only £10 more than the 2500 ....
January 20, 2012 7:30:01 PM

I see the case your buying can accept full ATX mobos, in which case you may wish to look at this one

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68

While not as cheap as the H61 board its only another £25 and well worth the extra.
January 20, 2012 7:35:45 PM

It looks good thanks for that! I'm just thinking will I really need the i5 2500k? Will I if all I'm playing is games ?
January 20, 2012 7:48:12 PM

If i was you i would buy this board.

With this CPU

That CPU again at stock speeds will play any game you can throw at it and will never bottlekneck your gtx560ti in fact it will not bottlekneck a gtx580.

The mobo will enable you a clear upgrade path in the future as it will happily accept the yet to be released Ivy Bridge CPUs when you wish for more power.

So this is your total price list all from

Intel Core i5 2400, S1155, Sdy Bridge, Quad, 3.1GHz, HD2000 IGP 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W, Retail
£125.15 £150.18

Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3, Intel Z68, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID SATA, PCIe 2.0 (x16), VGA On Board, ATX
£65.68 £78.82

Coolermaster Elite 430, All Black, Mid Tower Case with Side Window 120mm Front LED Blue Fan w/o PSU
£31.45 £37.74

650W PSU, OCZ Technology ZS Series ZS650W-UK, 86% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, 135mm Quiet Fan,
£46.65 £55.98

8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.50V
£32.80 £39.36

500GB Seagate ST500DM002 Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, 8.5ms, NCQ
£53.33 £64.00

Samsung SH-S222AB/BEBE 22x DVD±R, 12x DVD±R, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, SATA, Black, OEM
£10.89 £13.07

Total£455.93 including VAT and delivery
January 20, 2012 7:51:22 PM

My bad ... Its £475.74
January 20, 2012 8:05:45 PM

If I keep everything the same as I first posted, but changed to i5 2500 will everything be compatible ?