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Good setup? What do you guys think? (AsRock z68 Extreme3/i5-2500k)

I've been working on this all weekend and have come up with this setup. Let me know what you guys think:

My Build
1.CPU- i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

2. SSD- Crucial M4 64GB (Already purchased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

3. Mobo- AsRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 (Intel Sata III controller VS Marvell slow controllers)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

4. RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 8gb 1600 low profile (CAS 9, 1600 mhz, DDR3, 1.5V)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-233-186

5. Cooler- Hypermaster 212 Plus-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

These are things I already own and will reuse
6. Case- Cooler Master Centurion 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

7. PSU- Antec earthwatts 380W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371005

8. GPU- Nvidia GeForce 7600GS

I plan on overclocking my i5-2500k eventually so that is a factor. It will mostly be for business and personal use (Lot of office applications, desktop applications, web browsing, virtual machines and creating portable apps, excel/microsoft word, etc etc.). From time to time I also do some video editing, and encoding. Not really doing any gaming so that is why my GPU is so so.

It currently should cost me about $450 to build and I wouldn't mind paying up to $500 or so for significant performance increase.

Does anyone know what I should add or change to increase performance?
Do I have any bottle necks? Everything compatible?


Thank you in advance.
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    Same processor and motherboard in my rig, same speed ram as well. You have the setup with the CPU and motherboard for a very fast machine with good overclocking, should you choose too. Mixed with a SSD you've got a very fast machine with plenty of horsepower to handle anything you throw at it.

    I can't see anywhere to upgrade that will provide any performance boost that will be noticeable.
  2. Everything looks good! I would change the power supply if you have the money to. 380W is enough, but it is always better to be on the safe side. I know Antec PSUs are trustworthy and chances are, the Antec PSU will probably output more power than 380W, you should go with at least a 450W PSU, especially since you're going to overclock, which will make the CPU use more power.

    If you have the money, buy this PSU:
    Antec EarthWatts EA-500D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

    If you can't afford the 500W PSU, this Antec PSU is $10 cheaper:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034
  3. mopman411 said:
    Same processor and motherboard in my rig, same speed ram as well. You have the setup with the CPU and motherboard for a very fast machine with good overclocking, should you choose too. Mixed with a SSD you've got a very fast machine with plenty of horsepower to handle anything you throw at it.

    I can't see anywhere to upgrade that will provide any performance boost that will be noticeable.


    Hey thanks, can't wait to order this and set it up!

    Also forgot to mention I also had two regular HDD's to be used as Data drives (Seagate/Western Digital 7200 rpm 3Gb/s SATAs)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    These shouldn't bottle neck my system right? I plan on having OS(XP) and main programs on the SSD.
  4. r0aringdrag0n said:
    Everything looks good! I would change the power supply if you have the money to. 380W is enough, but it is always better to be on the safe side. I know Antec PSUs are trustworthy and chances are, the Antec PSU will probably output more power than 380W, you should go with at least a 450W PSU, especially since you're going to overclock, which will make the CPU use more power.

    If you have the money, buy this PSU:
    Antec EarthWatts EA-500D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

    If you can't afford the 500W PSU, this Antec PSU is $10 cheaper:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034


    Thank you for that tip. I will definitely buy a better PSU when I OC, but for now I'm trying to save money.

    Okay so I went to calculate my power (Adding the 2 additional HDDs):
    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

    I put CPU at 100% and got 254W required, and 304w recommended. So for the time being until I OC or get new GPU, my 380W Antec should work?
    The Asrock also has an onboard video card and would this make any difference?
  5. Having your OS and primary programs on the SSD is a smart move. Using the HDD's for other programs or storage is the way to go. I have the same exact setup.

    I'm gonna side with r0aringdrag0n on this, look into a PSU thats a larger. Get a solid 550W and you'll be good, even if you throw a video card into the mix at some point.

    For now the 380W will work but putting a larger power supply in the rig would be a very good option.

    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
  6. Best answer selected by connect4.
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