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Help with new build!!! i5 2500k $1500 or under

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April 3, 2012 10:24:36 PM

hey yall i need help with my first build ill put all my parts below for suggestions. i need to stay under 2000. i only have like a wireless mouse and i need eveything else. i would like to stick with intel and nvidia cards too. i would also be able to hook up to the wireless in my house too. i cant decide between the nzxt switch 810 or phantom full tower and i am stuck bewteen the two video cards: gtx 560 ti 448 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the gtx 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

list:
lg dvd burner 20 bucks

the case is in the top part just look them up on newegg.

wd caviar blue 500 gb 85 dollars

acer 21.5 in lcd monitor or if you know any better ones for about 150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ocz zt series 750 watt fully modular psu 110 dollars

i dont have a keyboard on the list because i dont know what i need for gaming but im looking at spending about 60 bucks on one

gskill ares 8gb ram 45 dollars

motherboard: asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3 lga 1155 121 dollars http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

intel core i5 2500k 220 dollars

windows 7 home premium

noctua nh-d14 cpu cooler 85 dollars

corsair 60 gb ssd for boot drive 95 dollars.

total about 1500 dollars.

im open to suggestions on what will give me the best preformance for the buck. and i wont be buying for a couple of months. should i wait for ivy bridge and for the 600 series gtx cards?

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April 3, 2012 10:35:32 PM

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im open to suggestions on what will give me the best preformance for the buck. and i wont be buying for a couple of months. should i wait for ivy bridge and for the 600 series gtx cards?


If I'm the first in this thread - fair warning - you'll get like 1,000 replies telling you to wait. If you want to fine, if you don't IMO there hasn't been a better time to buy than now. Ivy isn't going to be the deal breaker in terms of performance that everyone thinks it's going to be. Even the hardcore fans admit it's only a 10% gain over Sandy Bridge. The only thing that makes it look really attractive is unlocking of PCI-E 3.0. That's just my two cents. If you wanted to go now - the build I'd propose would look something like this:

Try this build:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $139.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950 - $149.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P - $175.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B - $59.99
RAM: 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $159.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB - $119.99
Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99

Total: $1,650.89

It's a tad over budget but you get the reigning champ of GPUs at the moment. If you want to drop to a 64GB boot drive that will put you under $1600.
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April 3, 2012 10:38:55 PM

He can get a GTX 680 for $505 and it is currently in stock.
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April 3, 2012 10:58:56 PM

azeem40 said:
He can get a GTX 680 for $505 and it is currently in stock.


What make / model though? I'm not finding anything available.
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April 3, 2012 11:02:21 PM

i dont need a bd player or 2 tb of storage. my cooler i have on there is because im going to go to 4.5 gigahertz. my ares ram fits under the cooler thats why i have it lol and i think my psu is fine and i dont like gigabyte boards because i read that they are prone to boot loops and failure.
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April 3, 2012 11:07:10 PM

also i need help with a monitor for it. and i dont have all the money right now so i think ill just wait for the core i5 ivybridge because it will be the same price with a preformance boost so ya lol. and if i got and ivybridge processor should i get a z77 board too?
or stick with z68
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April 3, 2012 11:08:19 PM

russbussmurray said:
i dont need a bd player or 2 tb of storage. my cooler i have on there is because im going to go to 4.5 gigahertz. my ares ram fits under the cooler thats why i have it lol and i think my psu is fine and i dont like gigabyte boards because i read that they are prone to boot loops and failure.


If you take your CPU beyond - say 4.5 - you'll experience the boot loop issue. If you leave it alone or do nothing you'll be fine. I've had the UD3P for almost a year - I was aware of the boot loop issue when I bought it but I've yet to experience it. My previous motherboard was an Asus M4A87TD EVO and I had nothing but problems from day one with it and it finally died when I tried to install an aftermarket cooler.
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April 3, 2012 11:11:00 PM

i see. but since im deciding to go with ivy bridge should i just wait for the z77 boards
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April 4, 2012 3:19:27 AM

g-unit1111 said:
What make / model though? I'm not finding anything available.

It is Galaxy, but no longer in stock. :( 
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April 4, 2012 3:20:13 AM

If you want full PCIe 3.0 capability, you will need Z77 Mobo and IB CPU.
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April 4, 2012 3:27:27 AM

azeem40 said:
It is Galaxy, but no longer in stock. :( 


Eh... I wouldn't settle for anything less than EVGA but that's just me.
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April 4, 2012 3:30:10 AM

MSI Twin Frozr usually has a better cooling system and I prefer that, but that's just me. :p 
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April 4, 2012 3:33:30 AM

In my opinion, I would spend a little more on the monitor. There's just no point spending so much on a gaming system if the display is not stellar. In some cases the money spent on the display is better than spending money on the gpu.
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April 4, 2012 3:37:51 AM

He could always save for the monitor.
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April 4, 2012 3:45:05 AM

Try the build in my sig.
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April 4, 2012 11:45:00 PM

ok so ive decided to wait for ivy bridge and z77 motherboards but what kind of moniter should i get. i dont have a clue about these.
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April 4, 2012 11:47:49 PM

azeem40 said:
MSI Twin Frozr usually has a better cooling system and I prefer that, but that's just me. :p 


I've been looking at the Twin Frozr version of the 7870 but I'm a bit skeptical since it is MSI. I'm leaning more toward the Sapphire or Power Color configurations.
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April 6, 2012 9:20:59 PM

right now i have a thousand in my budget. i realize the tower will cost about 1600 to 1700 after tax and everything. but now i need a good monitor a good gaming keyboard and should i go with wireless or powerline internet.
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April 6, 2012 9:23:14 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I've been looking at the Twin Frozr version of the 7870 but I'm a bit skeptical since it is MSI. I'm leaning more toward the Sapphire or Power Color configurations.

MSI makes great video cards, unlike their motherboards. There are many reviews out there and most, if not none, have no complaints.
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