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New Gaming PC - Help on what to get and what I should salvage

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February 11, 2012 8:42:29 PM

Hey all,

I will try to keep this short and to the point, but here is my situation. I have a PC where the CPU and Motherboard are starting to burn up. I built it about 3-1/2 years ago and upgraded the video card last year. I have tried a rigorous cleaning, re-applications of arctic silver and verifying everything is seated properly...all to no avail. In anticipation of it's death, I am planning on building a new rig and wanted some advice on what to get and what I should salvage. I am interested in hearing opinions on what and if I should salvage based on what I can spend ($650 to $750)and your opinions on what I should be getting. I open to any opinions, but this is just what i threw together.

Here is what I was planning to try to salvage from my old rig:
Antec Case
Samsung DVD Burner
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Scythe Case Fans
EVGA 460 GTX Vid Card

Here is what I was thinking about buying
i5-2500k - $230
16GB Kingston Mem. - $80
Corsair PSU - $105 - 15%
Crucial 64GB SSD - $100
Asus MB - $200

It's been a while since my last build and had a lot of questions like .. are these decent selections? are they overkill? is there anything I should not be re-using that may cause a noticeable bottleneck? Are there cheaper alternatives that would not really degrade the performance?

My budget is floating around $650-$750. Obviously, I would like to minimize spending, but I am open to feedback on how I should tweak things such as manufacturer selections, etc. I realize that for a gaming pc my video card may be the bottleneck in terms of what's available today, but because it isn't that old, I would like to string it along for a while.

Thanks much,

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February 11, 2012 9:46:08 PM

Things you can re-use:
Case; DVD Burnder; WD Hdd (the link took me to a page with notebook drives? Suggest a 7200 rpm non-black for the data drive so if yours fits that need and is large enough then no issues); Fans; Video card

New items:

Mobo: Your link goes to a page with Asus boards. I think you can get a mobo (z68) in the $150 range
Ram: 8gb is plenty and make sure it is 1.5v and the heat spreaders are not too tall
SSD: Good choice
Cpu: You should be able to OC at stock voltage but you will want a new cpu cooler (212 is nice)
February 11, 2012 10:04:28 PM


Thanks for the help. I updated the link to the motherboard and just put in the specs for the hard it is apparently an expired item. The link still works in my order history but you can't find it otherwise.

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February 11, 2012 10:07:56 PM

What games will you play?
February 11, 2012 10:25:23 PM

Yea, I guess that would have been relevant, huh? I don't usually do anything that has been to graphically intense. I am more of an MMO/RPG gamer. I am planning on Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, Kingdoms of like that. Every once in a while I break the chain and play something like Modern Warfare, but for the most part, I usually don't stray from MMO type games.