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Need help for a gaming pc build with OC potential

Approximate Purchase Date: I apologize, but I don't know when I will be able to buy the parts needed. It depends on whether I get a good raise by the end of this month...

Budget Range: $800-$900 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, gaming, & more gaming, oh and surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, Win 7 Ultimate OS, 500GB HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com

Country: US, eastern seaboard

Parts Preferences by brand or type: core i5 CPU, not sure which gen2 (2500k) or gen3 (3750k), also want some help choosing chipset for mobo

Overclocking: first time, but want to try it out

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 is my current max resolution, but I think that is limited by my video card

Additional Comments: As I mentioned, I have never tried OC, but I want to. I have read that the k-unlocked Intel chips are easy to achieve stable overclocked performance, but will have to depend on your help here at Tom's to get it done.
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  1. CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $823.78

    OR you can go with an IB build.
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $861.78

    The IB build will be around $40-50 more, so I recommend the first build as it's proven to be a great OC'er and great performance-wise.
  2. Best answer
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-Gaming/dp/B006I2H0YS/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336289398&sr=1-9 $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-gaming-case.html <----- another look at that case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095 $69.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910431 $379.98 save: $10.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <----- another look at that board

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pd_cp_e_0 $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    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

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-Software/dp/B006B7R9PU/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1336289024&sr=1-4 $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102986 $249.99
    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G)

    Total: $872.73 *not including shipping and rebates
  3. darkclownjoe said:
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $823.78

    OR you can go with an IB build.
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($147.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $861.78

    The IB build will be around $40-50 more, so I recommend the first build as it's proven to be a great OC'er and great performance-wise.


    I don't need a Hard Drive, already have one. But I appreciate everything else. Do you think the Asrock mobos are the best for OC'ing?
  4. cmannc said:
    I don't need a Hard Drive, already have one. But I appreciate everything else. Do you think the Asrock mobos are the best for OC'ing?

    I don't know about being the BEST overall, but they are great bang for buck boards.
  5. ASRock is great! However, with SB/IB will owrk with EITHER Z68/Z77, but I reccommend the 2nd build. There are lots of cheaper Z77 mobos. Also, don't forget you get $50 off the mobo at microcenter with an i5 purchase! So, get either these two:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387556

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387555
  6. obsama1 said:
    ASRock is great! However, with SB/IB will owrk with EITHER Z68/Z77, but I reccommend the 2nd build. There are lots of cheaper Z77 mobos. Also, don't forget you get $50 off the mobo at microcenter with an i5 purchase! So, get either these two:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387556

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387555

    He never mentioned that he would be picking up at Microcenter. The links just showed the cheapest options, but the next best price option is $199.99 for the 2500k, and $234 for the 3570k.
  7. darkclownjoe said:
    He never mentioned that he would be picking up at Microcenter. The links just showed the cheapest options, but the next best price option is $199.99 for the 2500k, and $234 for the 3570k.


    Yes, I don't live close enough to a Microcenter to pick up at the store. There is a Tiger Direct outlet near my house, so that's why they were one of my preferred websites/vendors.
  8. Best answer selected by cmannc.
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