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Intel i5 2500k Gaming PC is it good?

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February 10, 2012 9:40:33 PM

Intel i5 Gaming PC

Is this compatible and is the MoBo a good one for my build?
Will it run most games on High+ setting with decent 50+ FPS??

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 360 Mini Tower ATX Case (Black) £30

Fans: Akasa 80mm Crystal Blue case Fan - Blue LED x2 + Akasa 12cm Crystal Blue frame & rotor w/ 4 Blue LED Fan x2

MoBo: ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 S1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 XMP

HDD: Seagate 500GB Barracuda SATA-600 7200RPM 16MB 3.5" Hard Drive

Optical Drive: Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Graphics: Asus GeForce GTX 560Ti 830MHz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI

PSU: ???

Currently comes to £680 without a PSU which one do you recommend for this machine?

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February 10, 2012 9:43:54 PM

I'd drop down to the 1333 ram Intel could void your cpu warranty from what i understand with the 1600.
February 10, 2012 9:44:37 PM

What is your budget?
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February 10, 2012 9:50:58 PM

Budget is £500-£800 should I go AMD? I know i5 2500k are good but are there any decent AMD processors that are close? the 1090T? I kinda don't wanna spend too much this is my first PC and I just want a nice stable gaming PC something that can handle the latest games on Mid-High with good FPS?

I wouldn't mind looking at some builds you could make with my budget.

Mostly I want it for a game called Aion and maybe some BF3 and Skyrim.
February 10, 2012 9:52:02 PM

zolton33 said:
I'd drop down to the 1333 ram Intel could void your cpu warranty from what i understand with the 1600.


Thanks =) this is the kind of stuff I need to know... since it is my first build ever would really like some advice.
February 10, 2012 10:02:28 PM

Playing AION will take you a long time to load into maps, i recommend getting an SSD. Read this, you can switch the MB for a Pro3 Gen3 Z68 is you want to OC, but if your not, just get the one i posted.
http://budgetcomputershelp.wordpress.com/
February 10, 2012 10:05:20 PM

Nope, don't go AMD. Even the i3-2100 trumps the Phenom II 965 BE.
February 10, 2012 10:14:25 PM

So to build a good i5 2500k Machine with overclock capabalities and a decent graphics card what sort of price am I looking at?
February 10, 2012 10:42:45 PM

Okay looked around and found these parts.

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2UK Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 High Performance 750W Power Supply

CPU: Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

Mobo: Asus P8P67 PRO REV 3.1 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, Quad USB 3.0/SATA 6Gb/s Support)

Graphics Card: Asus 1GB GeForce GTX 560TI DirectCUII PCI-E Graphics Card

Case: CiT Vantage Black Mesh Gaming Case & HD Audio, Black Interior, 4 Fans & Card Reader

This comes to £570 but covers my main parts is this a good build?? It's the MoBo I just don't know what is best for compatibility... Does it allow overclocking?
February 10, 2012 11:15:26 PM

Okay switched the MoBo so far looks like this.


PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2UK Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 High Performance 750W Power Supply

CPU: Intel Sandybridge i5-2500K Unlocked Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155)

Mobo: AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard, Socket 1155, PCI-Express 3.0, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, 7.1 HD Audio, ASRock Instant Boot

Graphics Card: Asus 1GB GeForce GTX 560TI DirectCUII PCI-E Graphics Card

Case: CiT Vantage Black Mesh Gaming Case & HD Audio, Black Interior, 4 Fans & Card Reader

RAM: GSkill 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz DDR3 Ripjaw X Series Intel XMP Memory

Optical Drive: Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x Internal DVDRWRAM SATA Black Lightscribe

Operating System: Windows Home Premium 64bit

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATAIII 6Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 inch Internal Hard Drive OEM

Total £770.30

Will probably purchase a SSD later but right now in the next 2 months this is what I am saving for... 2 days research from absolute n00b to Newbie and maybe this will be a good system.
February 10, 2012 11:31:17 PM

Ok off to bed hope to have some replies for the new build by tomorrow thanks in advance guys!
February 10, 2012 11:48:03 PM

Off of your budget, I would have to agree, get the SSD later.

You've got some good parts chosen. You have a good, and powerful PSU picked out. Are you ever going to SLI, or adding a lot to your system? If you aren't, you would be just as well off with a Antec Earthwatts 650w, or Corsair 650w. While there are many more good PSU's, I don't know where you are buying your parts from, so I can only recommend off of what is good here. For good PSU reviews visit hardwaresecrets.com and jonnyguru.com

Great CPU
I've recommended that MOBO many times, it will OC decently, and is a great budget board.
Graphics: Decent, will run games just fine at 1080*1920 or lower
Case: Never heard of it. It doesn't sound super fancy, take a look at the Coolermaster HAF 912 or some of Antech's offering
RAM: Speed doesn't matter much. Stick to that or 1333mz, Corsair or GSKILL, they are reputable brands. I would personally get Corsair Low Profile Vengeance 1333, as noted earlier it is possible Intel would say your warranty is void if you run RAM at higher speeds, although you shouldn't need to talk to intel, or RMA your CPU.
Optical Drive: Any 15 euro should work, I know ASUS has a good one for that price
OS: Nothing to say
HDD: good HDD, I have it, too bad prices are so high, but I feel for the people more in Thailand (why HDD prices are so high).
Looks good!
February 11, 2012 11:16:01 AM

Amazon and dabs but the price difference is like a few £ so it makes more sense to get the lowest delivery charge to save... What I want from this system is potential to overclock and SLI.

The case I chose comes with 4 fitted fans 12cm LED and no Power supply and looks quite nice doesn't look like a jukebox basically some nice LED but not too fancy or shiny with the looks.

Changed to 1333hz Gskill Ripjaws for ram.

I will get an SSD afterwards possibly a 120Gb for Operating system and Games.
February 11, 2012 11:43:41 AM

joerowland said:


Will probably purchase a SSD later but right now in the next 2 months this is what I am saving for... 2 days research from absolute n00b to Newbie and maybe this will be a good system.


Wouldn't new hardwares come out in the next 2 month before you purchase the system and price have dropped? Like upcoming graphic card and cpu.

It would be a good idea to do a final check less then a week before you buy.
February 11, 2012 12:23:01 PM

Yeah I will do but still even with the new graphics cards etc. and cpu I definately won't be able to afford those if I am pushing for this build...
February 11, 2012 2:16:19 PM

joerowland said:
Intel i5 Gaming PC

Is this compatible and is the MoBo a good one for my build?
Will it run most games on High+ setting with decent 50+ FPS??

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 360 Mini Tower ATX Case (Black) £30

Fans: Akasa 80mm Crystal Blue case Fan - Blue LED x2 + Akasa 12cm Crystal Blue frame & rotor w/ 4 Blue LED Fan x2

MoBo: ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 S1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz LGA1155 6MB

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 XMP

HDD: Seagate 500GB Barracuda SATA-600 7200RPM 16MB 3.5" Hard Drive

Optical Drive: Sony 24x DVD-RW SATA Black Bare Internal Drive

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Graphics: Asus GeForce GTX 560Ti 830MHz 1GB PCI-Express HDMI

PSU: ???

Currently comes to £680 without a PSU which one do you recommend for this machine?


I disagree with zolton33, because if your motherboard is capable of 1600MHZ or higher memory module why settle for less with a little difference in price.
February 11, 2012 2:22:16 PM

aqe040466 said:
I disagree with zolton33, because if your motherboard is capable of 1600MHZ or higher memory module why settle for less with a little difference in price.



How about if the cpu arrives doa? Or if it malfunctions and they need to replace it? If mentioned they used higher ram then recommended their warranty is shot do you know what that means? The costs to repair and replace come out of their pocket book. Just because you can do something does not mean you should.
February 11, 2012 2:34:42 PM

zolton33 said:
How about if the cpu arrives doa? Or if it malfunctions and they need to replace it? If mentioned they used higher ram then recommended their warranty is shot do you know what that means? The costs to repair and replace come out of their pocket book. Just because you can do something does not mean you should.



Mr. zolton33 to each his own. It's not your problem, its mine, its his. So be it.
February 11, 2012 2:39:02 PM

aqe040466 said:
Mr. zolton33 to each his own. It's not your problem, its mine, its his. So be it.



True its not my problem or yours it is his. But if i was in his shoes i would like to know what my costs would be to replace a broken part. The difference in this case is the price of shipping (to get the warranty) versus the price of a brand new cpu which is the full price of a new cpu. :o 
February 11, 2012 2:41:14 PM

zolton33 said:
True its not my problem or yours it is his. But if i was in his shoes i would like to know what my costs would be to replace a broken part. The difference in this case is the price of shipping (to get the warranty) versus the price of a brand new cpu which is the full price of a new cpu. :o 



I rest my case Mr. zolton33. Have a good day!
February 11, 2012 2:58:26 PM

Guys could an intel core system run Radeon 6870 Graphics cards I am so confused on this... I started another post but the info was lacking so I figured someone here must know.
February 11, 2012 3:01:45 PM

The i5 2500k is known as the best gaming cpu. So i doubt you would run into a bottle neck on any current gpus.
February 11, 2012 3:03:27 PM

okay so if I got the Radeon HD 6870 graphics card to go with my Intel Sandy Bridge i5 2500K CPU and then later decided to upgrade to crossfire with them what mobo would you suggest?
February 11, 2012 3:04:57 PM

Oh and I am using Gskill Ripjaws 1333hz Ram isnt expensive and if I wanted to upgrade to 1600 I will after my warranty has passed.
February 11, 2012 3:13:31 PM

Yes that's the one.
February 11, 2012 3:27:18 PM

Okay and one more thing. When say 560Ti x2 are running that's what they call SLi? and when say 6870 x 2 that's Xfire right?
February 11, 2012 3:39:12 PM

joerowland said:
okay so if I got the Radeon HD 6870 graphics card to go with my Intel Sandy Bridge i5 2500K CPU and then later decided to upgrade to crossfire with them what mobo would you suggest?



Have you bought your mobo yet? If not buy a mobo with 2 or 3 PCIe slot for future upgrades like SLI or crossfireX
February 11, 2012 3:47:26 PM

Could you suggest me a good Mobo that definitely has XFire and is a good mobo
February 11, 2012 4:03:45 PM

joerowland said:
Could you suggest me a good Mobo that definitely has XFire and is a good mobo



ASUS P8Z68 a lot of versions of thie in the market
Asrock also, and What I'm using right now Biostar TZ68A+RCH, I overclocked my i5 2500K CPU to 4.7 GHZ very stable with CPU cooler Cooler Master 212 hyper plus. Vcore is 1.375V
February 11, 2012 4:23:41 PM

My price range on the MoBo is £90 - £110 I want it to support Intel i5 2500k with overclocking and fit an ATX case with Crossfire support and since I have no idea what is best I need could someone find me one that is good from Amazon.co.uk also would go to £120 if the benefits are worth the cost... sorry for being a noob
February 11, 2012 5:04:28 PM

joerowland said:
My price range on the MoBo is £90 - £110 I want it to support Intel i5 2500k with overclocking and fit an ATX case with Crossfire support and since I have no idea what is best I need could someone find me one that is good from Amazon.co.uk also would go to £120 if the benefits are worth the cost... sorry for being a noob



The mobo that I'm using Biostar TZ68A+RCH is only $109.00 here in the states. (Micro Center)
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