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

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February 26, 2012 7:42:44 PM

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=N82E168...

2. SSD- Crucial M4 64GB (Already purchased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Mobo- AsRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 (Intel Sata III controller VS Marvell slow controllers)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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-...

5. Cooler- Hypermaster 212 Plus-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These are things I already own and will reuse
6. Case- Cooler Master Centurion 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7. PSU- Antec earthwatts 380W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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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February 26, 2012 9:10:55 PM
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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.
February 26, 2012 9:14:39 PM

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=N82E168...

If you can't afford the 500W PSU, this Antec PSU is $10 cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 27, 2012 5:16:13 PM

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=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These shouldn't bottle neck my system right? I plan on having OS(XP) and main programs on the SSD.
February 27, 2012 5:22:44 PM

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=N82E168...

If you can't afford the 500W PSU, this Antec PSU is $10 cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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?
February 28, 2012 6:34:01 PM

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=N82E168...
March 3, 2012 8:33:13 PM

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