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I5 2500K Rig Configuration

Hey guys
my old computer is dead and , I am planning to build a new gaming pc, but I have a very little knowledge about computers. till now i i have only able to decided the cpu(Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge)so if anyone can give me a little bit knowledge about what compatible motherboard and graphic card,psu,harddrive..etc to chose ( it be more helpful if you have links)

thanks in advance
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  1. Everything would be much easier if you filled out the form.
    So then we can create a rig for your specific uses.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781 = Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150540 = GPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044 = PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148725 = HDD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104231 = RAM

    This list was compiled so as not to "break" the bank. It will give you some good ideas and allow for expansion. You didn't mention a case so none was included. The GPU was selected because it's a top ten (tier) model:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    and is a bargain for under $100.00.
  3. If this is truly a gaming rig a 6770 pobably wont last you too long I reccomend at least a 6850 or higher. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150573 Also please fill out the form darkclown posted as that would help us out a lot.
  4. Also i would reccomend a 7200rpm drive such as this one and 1 tb should be enough unless you plan on storing a ton of video. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
  5. darkclownjoe said:
    Everything would be much easier if you filled out the form.
    So then we can create a rig for your specific uses.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    Approximate Purchase Date: ( this week )

    Budget Range: (e.g.: 800-1000$)

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (streaming and gaming)

    Parts Not Required: all parts are Required:

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com, ncix.com or any other website )

    Country: (canada )
    Parts Preferences: by brand or type (I would like to use an Intel CPU & Asus mobo with a 21" LCD and Nividia graphic card )

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: i don't know what does that mean :??:

    and all parts should be Compatible
  6. If it's NVidia (as I prefer) try this GPU:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604&Tpk=EVGA%2001G-P3-1561-AR
    or it's bigger brother:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738&Tpk=EVGA%20012-P3-2066-KR
    a bit pricey but the prices will come down when the "fastest card in the world" (Tom's quote, not mine) is more readily available. That would be the 680. :)
  7. Chaz21 said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781 = Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150540 = GPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044 = PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148725 = HDD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104231 = RAM

    This list was compiled so as not to "break" the bank. It will give you some good ideas and allow for expansion. You didn't mention a case so none was included. The GPU was selected because it's a top ten (tier) model:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    and is a bargain for under $100.00.



    thanks chaz21 , nice list can u do overclocking on that board and is this graphic card ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5

    better than you mentioned .
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  9. Best answer
    coiledcarrot said:
    thanks chaz21 , nice list can u do overclocking on that board and is this graphic card ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5

    better than you mentioned .

    Yes and Yes. The 560Ti is three tiers higher on the chart.
  10. So, after reading all of your post, the closest configuration 4 my rig i have come is

    Cpu = Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor
    (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)

    motherboard=ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Psu =Enthusiast Series™ TX750 — 80 PLUS® Certified Power Supply
    Harddrive=Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Ram=G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

    Graphic card= ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5

    Now the most important question is this configuration compatible with each other ? :lol:

    and again thanks for your help guys!
  11. coiledcarrot said:
    So, after reading all of your post, the closest configuration 4 my rig i have come is

    Cpu = Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor
    (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)

    motherboard=ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Psu =Enthusiast Series™ TX750 — 80 PLUS® Certified Power Supply
    Harddrive=Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Ram=G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

    Graphic card= ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5

    Now the most important question is this configuration compatible with each other ? :lol:

    and again thanks for your help guys!

    Yes. And best of luck with your build. :)
  12. coiledcarrot said:
    So, after reading all of your post, the closest configuration 4 my rig i have come is

    Cpu = Intel® Core™ i5-2500K Processor
    (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)

    motherboard=ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Psu =Enthusiast Series™ TX750 — 80 PLUS® Certified Power Supply
    Harddrive=Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Ram=G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

    Graphic card= ENGTX560 Ti DCII/2DI/1GD5

    Now the most important question is this configuration compatible with each other ? :lol:

    and again thanks for your help guys!

    That Asus board doesn't support SLI. It's obvious by the 750w psu you have up there that you have future plans of adding a second gpu later on. Well it's not going to happen with that Asus board. You want a board that runs dual cards @ x8 & x8.
  13. Get the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3. It can CF/SLI.
  14. To Why_Me
    Since the OP had this "SLI or Crossfire: i don't know what does that mean :??: " on his form, CFX and/or SLI was never considered when recommending the above components. :)
    Some people might just like big power supplies. I don't think that everyone who has a 750W PSU "obviously" wants a CFX or SLI setup (nor did I recommend a 750W PSU). :)
  15. SLI or Crossfire means 2 or more NVIDIA or AMD GPUs, respectively.
  16. Chaz21 said:
    To Why_Me
    Since the OP had this "SLI or Crossfire: i don't know what does that mean :??: " on his form, CFX and/or SLI was never considered when recommending the above components. :)
    Some people might just like big power supplies. I don't think that everyone who has a 750W PSU "obviously" wants a CFX or SLI setup (nor did I recommend a 750W PSU). :)

    "Some people just like big power supplies"

    Are you for real? A 750w psu for a single 78xx? and on a budget no less?
  17. Yes, it is fairly obvious anyone who gets a higher wattage PSU plans to CF/SLI in the future because they know technology is only going to become more power efficient. :)
  18. Why_Me said:
    "Some people just like big power supplies"

    Are you for real? A 750w psu for a single 78xx? and on a budget no less?

    Well it's obvious you didn't read the form "coiledcarrot" took the trouble to fill out or you would have noticed that for one thing, he doesn't want an AMD anything GPU included. So there will be no 78xx nothing. And also that he picked out the PSU for another.
    Must he also get a external HDD? That's all a USB 3.0 can be used for at the moment and his motherboard choice will have a port for that so he must buy one. According to your logic yes he simply has to!
    I said it before and I'll say it again, I help people with what they ask for not with what I want them to have.
    Because you recommended a 7850 you assume that's what he's going to get, even after he stated that he wants an NVidia GPU, and that he's going to crossfire it no less! Did you also inform him that 2 7850's will cost him about $500.00 or if he takes your other recommendation of 2 7870's he'll pay over $700.00? Kinda makes the whole budget thing moot don't you think? :)
  19. Chaz21 said:
    Well it's obvious you didn't read the form "coiledcarrot" took the trouble to fill out or you would have noticed that for one thing, he doesn't want an AMD anything GPU included. So there will be no 78xx nothing. And also that he picked out the PSU for another.
    Must he also get a external HDD? That's all a USB 3.0 can be used for at the moment and his motherboard choice will have a port for that so he must buy one. According to your logic yes he simply has to!
    I said it before and I'll say it again, I help people with what they ask for not with what I want them to have.
    Because you recommended a 7850 you assume that's what he's going to get, even after he stated that he wants an NVidia GPU, and that he's going to crossfire it no less! Did you also inform him that 2 7850's will cost him about $500.00 or if he takes your other recommendation of 2 7870's he'll pay over $700.00? Kinda makes the whole budget thing moot don't you think? :)

    And it is also stupid to say that NVIDIA is a better option right now (other than the GTX 680). The Radeon 7xxx series outperforms EVERY SINGLE NVIDIA 5xx Generation GPU on the market. Just because the OP says a certain preference does NOT mean you can't convince them to get another GPU...
  20. Chaz21 said:
    Well it's obvious you didn't read the form "coiledcarrot" took the trouble to fill out or you would have noticed that for one thing, he doesn't want an AMD anything GPU included. So there will be no 78xx nothing. And also that he picked out the PSU for another.
    Must he also get a external HDD? That's all a USB 3.0 can be used for at the moment and his motherboard choice will have a port for that so he must buy one. According to your logic yes he simply has to!
    I said it before and I'll say it again, I help people with what they ask for not with what I want them to have.
    Because you recommended a 7850 you assume that's what he's going to get, even after he stated that he wants an NVidia GPU, and that he's going to crossfire it no less! Did you also inform him that 2 7850's will cost him about $500.00 or if he takes your other recommendation of 2 7870's he'll pay over $700.00? Kinda makes the whole budget thing moot don't you think? :)

    Here let me rephrase it. A 750w psu for a single 560?
  21. Why_Me is right as always. The 560 barely uses 500W of power when in a system.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-amp-edition-gtx-560-directcu-ii-top,2944-16.html

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4344/nvidias-geforce-gtx-560-top-to-bottom-overclock/15

    From both those reviews, you can clearly see that the GTX 560 uses 156W at full load.
  22. azeem40 said:
    And it is also stupid to say that NVIDIA is a better option right now (other than the GTX 680). The Radeon 7xxx series outperforms EVERY SINGLE NVIDIA 5xx Generation GPU on the market. Just because the OP says a certain preference does NOT mean you can't convince them to get another GPU...

    Number one I never said that NVidia was a better option at the moment nor did I say anyone or any comment was stupid. If you read above you'll see that I recommended an AMD myself (even though I'm not a fan). The OP picked out the 560Ti and I'm not going to tell him he chose a bad one when he didn't.
    I haven't any problems with what anybody recommends and never did nor will. It's the assumptions that I have a problem with! Instead of assuming he's going SLI or CFX because he picked out a 750W PSU you could have just as easily told him he probably only needs a 500-600W unit for the components he selected. That's what I would consider being helpful, which after all is why we're here - isn't it?
  23. Anyone who has seen benchmarks and reviews of current 7xxx cards would say that the AMD Radeon 7850 outperforms the 560ti, uses less power, and doesn't have any driver issues that were prevalent in the Radeon 6xxx series.
  24. azeem40 said:
    Anyone who has seen benchmarks and reviews of current 7xxx cards would say that the AMD Radeon 7850 outperforms the 560ti, uses less power, and doesn't have any driver issues that were prevalent in the Radeon 6xxx series.

    We both know that the biggest difference between the two is power consumption. The difference in price is negligible and in performance it's in single digit percentages. Nothing to scream and holler about. They both make Tom's best list for April 2012 and are one tier apart in the hierarchy charts. If you guy's were truly unbiased and just wanted him to get the best you would have recommended the 680.
    :)
  25. Power consumption is enough of a factor to purchase the card.
  26. You guys are taking this too personally... There have been many good suggestions and because the OP has limited knowledge concerning hardware I think the gpu/psu issues need to be addressed so the OP can get the best performance/$$ possible. He may have suggested certain parts yet we can educate him in a way that shows him why a 750W psu is overkill if only one card will be used. Also to explain while the GTX560TI is a great card, there are better options.
    -Bruce
    EDIT:Quote"If you guy's were truly unbiased and just wanted him to get the best you would have recommended the 680.
    :)"
    Get real!!!!!! $250 vs $500+
  27. Why_Me said:
    That Asus board doesn't support SLI. It's obvious by the 750w psu you have up there that you have future plans of adding a second gpu later on. Well it's not going to happen with that Asus board. You want a board that runs dual cards @ x8 & x8.


    yeah your computer sense are tingling right. i was planing on adding another Gpu later (ex -when GTA5 releases ;) ) but since the ASUS motherboard does not support 2 cards what other options do i have left ?

    on a side note - is 1 video card enough for playing games on high setting on a 19 or 21 inch monitor ?


    and like Chaz21 said
    Quote:
    "Some people just like big power supplies"
    i thought the more the power the better the computer runs.
  28. A 21" usually has 1680x1050, so yes, 1 card is enough.

    That is wrong. More power just means more headroom for extra upgrades.
  29. azeem40 said:
    A 21" usually has 1680x1050, so yes, 1 card is enough.

    That is wrong. More power just means more headroom for extra upgrades.


    So, should i go ahead with the above configuration for 1 GPU.

    how about 650 w supply is that sufficient and future proof. ?

    and 1 more thing is I5 2500k good for streaming+gaming ?cause i be broadcasting live game show. :bounce:
  30. azeem40 said:
    A 21" usually has 1680x1050, so yes, 1 card is enough.

    But possibly not for much longer if Intel gets their way with their push for Retina-style high-DPI on everything: they are aiming for 3840x2160 resolution on 21" screens in 2013. At more than twice today's DPI, polygon edges should be fine enough that staircasing would be nearly invisible even without anti-aliasing.
  31. Best answer selected by coiledcarrot.
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