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April 19, 2012 2:18:24 AM

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 So I am a little outdated with all the hardware.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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April 19, 2012 2:20:04 AM

Wait until next week when Ivy Bridge releases and see if it's any better, then post up!
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April 19, 2012 3:01:03 AM

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.
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April 19, 2012 3:03:50 AM

The 7850 and 7870 are great cards for the price right now.
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April 19, 2012 3:07:16 AM

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?
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April 19, 2012 3:08:14 AM

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!
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April 19, 2012 3:11:44 AM

Excellent. Could you throw me a couple suggestions for power supply and hard drive? Thanks again.
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April 19, 2012 4:50:09 AM

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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April 19, 2012 6:12:46 AM

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April 20, 2012 4:38:20 AM

Best answer selected by XzyluM.
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