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February 29, 2012 11:41:12 PM

Hey guys, was looking for some opinions/advice.

I have a budget of about £600 at a push and I have done a little shopping around and come to these choices:


I5 2500k
Asus GTX560ti 1gb ddr5
Seagate 1tb barracuda 7200 64mb (I would have gone with a SSD but I need the space and can't afford a large SSD)
G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX
Asus P8H67 R3 1155

any warning bells or tips at all or does this seem a reasonable mid level option for a gaming rig?

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February 29, 2012 11:47:16 PM

The P8H67 will work fine, the P8Z68's are better.

Other than that these parts are fine.. an aftermarket cooler like the Hypermaster 212+ (or EVO) will be better if you are significantly overclocking..

Also.. what power supply?
February 29, 2012 11:53:19 PM

well I was looking at an OCZ 750W Fatal1ty but I currently have a 700w Arctic power but it's getting on a bit, it will do for the time being but I will eventually replace it.

I'll take your advice on the aftermarket cooler I wont be significantly clocking right away though, the p8z68's push the budget a bit though, is the difference that significant? because they are around 30-50 more expensive depending on the model...
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February 29, 2012 11:59:10 PM

The H67 will be fine if you want to save some money.
March 1, 2012 12:04:56 AM

Well your real problem lies in the choice of a 2500k and a h67 chipset. do you plan to overclock? if so you can't with that board. If you don't plan to OC then go cheaper on the cpu and get a 2400.
March 1, 2012 12:07:48 AM

hm, I was under the impression that the H67 revision3's did allow OC, just not some of the other 67 models :/  if it's true that I wont be able to oc with it then I would rather spend a bit more on a mb that will than drop the processor down because the 2400 is locked right?
March 1, 2012 12:11:20 AM

deviate_sic said:
hm, I was under the impression that the H67 revision3's did allow OC, just not some of the other 67 models :/  if it's true that I wont be able to oc with it then I would rather spend a bit more on a mb that will than drop the processor down because the 2400 is locked right?


P67/z68 are your sandy bridge OC'ing boards.
The H67 will let you via blck OC but thats limited and won't get you much of an OC (330mhz at most), if any. Sandy bridge doesn't work well with blck changes. Only the chips with K at the end can OC. Some that have turbo can give limited OC'ing through turbo bins, but I don't think H67 supports changing that.
March 1, 2012 12:24:36 AM

omega21xx said:
P67/z68 are your sandy bridge OC'ing boards.
The H67 will let you via blck OC but thats limited and won't get you much of an OC (330mhz at most), if any. Sandy bridge doesn't work well with blck changes. Only the chips with K at the end can OC. Some that have turbo can give limited OC'ing through turbo bins, but I don't think H67 supports changing that.


Ah okay, so I should be good with a P8Z68-V LX and a 2500k, I'll go with that then it's worth it in the long run I don't need to eat this week :p  that's great thanks for the help guys.
March 1, 2012 12:31:57 AM

deviate_sic said:
Ah okay, so I should be good with a P8Z68-V LX and a 2500k, I'll go with that then it's worth it in the long run I don't need to eat this week :p  that's great thanks for the help guys.


Me personally, I need to eat... How i solved my problem was walking to work instead of driving :lol: 

No problem, glad to help.
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March 1, 2012 4:50:58 AM

deviate_sic said:
Hey guys, was looking for some opinions/advice.

I have a budget of about £600 at a push and I have done a little shopping around and come to these choices:


I5 2500k
Asus GTX560ti 1gb ddr5
Seagate 1tb barracuda 7200 64mb (I would have gone with a SSD but I need the space and can't afford a large SSD)
G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX
Asus P8H67 R3 1155

any warning bells or tips at all or does this seem a reasonable mid level option for a gaming rig?


I think everyone has covered it well enough, a Z68 platform is the place to be right now, Asrock have rather low cost Z68 boards that may be a suitable alternative, as to quality I cannot say as I have never ventured to a Asrock though many have swore by it.

PSU is another consideration, I ran a similar build until recent running it on a Coolermaster GX550 Bronze PSU, which is more than copious despite the big PSU myopia that goes around here. It is quite cheap as a option though the only heads up I would give on it is that it is tiny, and if you are running a bottom mounted PSU it may not sit directly over the demarcated seating for intake. Silverstone Silverstriders ST50F should be a cheap alternative that could fix that issue.
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