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April 13, 2012 12:18:38 PM

I saw this thread by MacHooper so I decided to copy the structure.


Approximate Purchase Date: The next few months

Budget Range: £750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Hackintosh!!! Video Special Effects and Editing,Gaming (BF3, Mass Effect 3, Crysis 2, EVE Online and other new games) Web Browsing, College Work

Parts Not Required: Monitor (I will be upgrading it after I get this computer though), OS, HDD, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Aria.co.uk novatech.co.uk amazon.co.uk

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: Intel processor

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Probably, I wan't this PC to be future proof

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 and will go for 3 monitors eventually.

Additional Comments: I would like a nice case


Here are the parts I have so far:

Antec Three Hundred Case - Black - No Psu

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3

Intel i5-2500k OR Intel i7-2600k

Gigabyte Radeon HD6870 1GB PCI-E Graphics Card

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit

Crucial m4 SSD 64gb


Ok the one thing I am stuck with is seeing as I have to wait a few months for the money anyway, would it be worth going with ivy bridge or should I tick with the I5 2500k? AND should i get the i5-2500k or the i7-2600k

Thanks for the help guys I have been asking new build questions on this forum a lot haha sorry about that

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April 13, 2012 1:29:18 PM

you pay $100 more with the 2600k because of hyper threating. Unless the game is supporting that feature you won't see a difference.
i have the 2550k running at 5ghz and I have no problems with it

i also see people disable hyper threating to get a higher overclock so i think its not worth getting that cpu in the first place

you also have a SSD but what about HDD
64gigs is not enough for all your games and os
April 13, 2012 1:39:22 PM

Also if you are purchasing in the next few months I would wait for Ivy Bridge and see what people get on Overclocks and performances. the new i5 will be about the cost of the 2500k and 2550k
April 13, 2012 1:43:15 PM

my vote is for the ivy version of the 2600k for your Video Special Effects and Editing. Would help with that a bit. gaming alone, Alvine is correct.

Just make sure you can get driver support for your choice in mobo and SDD for OSX Lion. There are a few really good hackintosh sites out there. It's not as easy as building a PC and installing Lion. Have to be smart with your hardware purchases
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