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Advice needed on new build...

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks

Budget Range: $1000 -/+ (would prefer to keep it around a grand though)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, etc.

Parts Not Required: none

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com and any others I may not be aware of

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: intel core i5-2500K

Overclocking: yes

SLI or Crossfire: maybe later

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080


It's been a few years since I've built any systems or did any desktop gaming. So I am a little outdated with all the hardware. With the release of several games I have anticipated, I have decided to build a new system. From doing some research, it looks like the i5-2500K is the way to go for gaming systems. I'm still debating the video card and monitor and other things, but looking to start with the i5-2500K. Looking forward to any and all advice. Thanks!
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  1. Wait until next week when Ivy Bridge releases and see if it's any better, then post up!
  2. Thanks for the reply. I do plan on waiting until IB comes out to see if does anything with the prices. But other than that, I'm still trying to piece together the GPU and other stuff.
  3. The 7850 and 7870 are great cards for the price right now.
  4. Thanks again for the quick response. I have been looking at the 7850HD cards. With quiet a few different brands sporting the same card, is one better than the other? For example, Asus, Sapphire and Power Color?
  5. Sapphire, MSI, Gigabyte, and XFX are all very good cards. I'm biased towards the Sapphire, but it beats the XFX in terms of temperature and noise!
  6. Excellent. Could you throw me a couple suggestions for power supply and hard drive? Thanks again.
  7. TX650, HX650, AX650 from Corsair, or Seasonic X-650. :D

    Hard Drive, you can't go wrong with a Western Digital.
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    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-KKN1/dp/B003ZM7YTA/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1334815011&sr=1-1 $49.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049 $89.99 - $64.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 $139.99
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://pcper.com/news/Processors/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-Processors-Launch-March-23-2012 $225
    Intel i5-3750K Ivy Bridge CPU 3.4Ghz-

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    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB

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    Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

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    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

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    ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7850-DC2-2GD5

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=br_lf_m_1000219721_1_1_ttl?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=software&pf_rd_p=1292309362&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1000219721&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1AFD5KKF12ES2MBG2PC7 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,044.73 *not including shipping and rebates
  9. http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?px=DS&scriteria=AA82388&pagetitle=Arctic%20Cooling%20MX-2%20Thermal%20Compound%20-%201.5Gram

    if you want to go that extra mile and use a thermal paste to shave off a couple of degrees. hot deal going on right now. (use paypal or amazon on checkout, rather not have a company get your card info directly)
  10. Best answer selected by XzyluM.
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