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Performance Desktop with i5-2500K... needs expert opinion

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May 7, 2012 6:37:33 AM

My old AMD Athlon 64x2 4400+ PC is ageing. I need to build a new PC. This time I intend to have an Intel processor. And there is none comparable to i5-2500K in the mid-range. I'm no gamer. Would like to o'clock a little. My main work in PC revolves round net surfing, blogging, editing music files, photos and also home videos.

I have chosen the following parts already:

1. Processor - Intel i5-2500K
2. Main Board - Asus P8Z68-V LE
3. RAM - G.Skill Ripjawas X Series DDR3-1600MHz Cl-9 - 4 x 4GB
4. HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB
5. Case - Antec 302
6. PSU - Antec VP450P
7. Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Suggestions required: First, on the parts selected; then on

1. Optical Drive -
2. SSD -

Graphics card is not my priority at this stage. I'm deeply thinking of buying a much-talked about SSD as my boot disk. Tell me you guys, whether it is absolutely necessary at present OR I could wait some time for the price to fall. If necessary, then tell its size and make.

My aim is to built a rig above budget and below gaming. Thanks in advance.
May 7, 2012 7:14:05 AM

Any $20 optical drive will work fine. Just make sure it's SATA and not EIDE. If your looking for an SSD look at the ADATA SATA 3 120GB SSD for $104 + free shipping @ newegg.
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May 7, 2012 2:06:53 PM

Why_Me said:
Any $20 optical drive will work fine. Just make sure it's SATA and not EIDE. If your looking for an SSD look at the ADATA SATA 3 120GB SSD for $104 + free shipping @ newegg.


Please comment on the other parts I've selected: mainboard, memory, hdd, power supply, etc.
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May 7, 2012 6:33:21 PM

rangpuriya said:
Please comment on the other parts I've selected: mainboard, memory, hdd, power supply, etc.

Everything else you have up there looks solid. Assuming your purchasing in the US, I would have a look at this combo deal down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $354.98 save: $15.00
ASRock Z77 Pro4 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%20Pro4 <----- another look at that board

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May 7, 2012 7:16:57 PM

Looks good, however you mentioned photo and video work. I'm not sure what you mean by this, but if it involves editing, you might actually benefit from an i7. They have hyperthreading giving you 8 threads. Plus microcenter has reduced the prices of sandybridge chips and they have good prices on chip/MB combos. Also, you cannot go wrong with an ssd. It is an unbelievable upgrade. The crucial M4's have been having some ridiculous prices lately. Newegg has the 128gb m4 as the daily deal today for $100. And any reason you choose the Win 7 ultimate? I haven't looked at the prices of win 7 lately so there might now be a difference but I would think that you could go with a lesser edition for your uses such as home premium.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/co...

Also, you picked a K model chip which has an unlocked multiplier. You don't seem like this is your thing so why pay for an "enthusiast" option if you're not going to utilize it? You can still OC unlocked chips, since you said "o'clock a little." This also applies to the Z68 MB you picked.

If you want, this is a good read.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

Also, on these forums they have recommend builds based on usage. One of those options might be appealing to you. You could pick the budget build and then upgrade a part or two, like the SSD for example.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-buyer-guide...

Cheers
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May 8, 2012 12:42:31 PM

Why_Me said:
Everything else you have up there looks solid. Assuming your purchasing in the US, I would have a look at this combo deal down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $354.98 save: $15.00
ASRock Z77 Pro4 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%20Pro4 <----- another look at that board

Thanks why_me. But for your information I'm not from US. So your suggestion could not be considered.
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May 8, 2012 3:17:45 PM

rdzona said:
Looks good, however you mentioned photo and video work. I'm not sure what you mean by this, but if it involves editing, you might actually benefit from an i7. They have hyperthreading giving you 8 threads. Plus microcenter has reduced the prices of sandybridge chips and they have good prices on chip/MB combos. Also, you cannot go wrong with an ssd. It is an unbelievable upgrade. The crucial M4's have been having some ridiculous prices lately. Newegg has the 128gb m4 as the daily deal today for $100. And any reason you choose the Win 7 ultimate? I haven't looked at the prices of win 7 lately so there might now be a difference but I would think that you could go with a lesser edition for your uses such as home premium.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/co...

Also, you picked a K model chip which has an unlocked multiplier. You don't seem like this is your thing so why pay for an "enthusiast" option if you're not going to utilize it? You can still OC unlocked chips, since you said "o'clock a little." This also applies to the Z68 MB you picked.

If you want, this is a good read.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

Also, on these forums they have recommend builds based on usage. One of those options might be appealing to you. You could pick the budget build and then upgrade a part or two, like the SSD for example.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-buyer-guide...

Cheers

Thanks rdzona! Your observation is right in respect of i7 and video editing or photo editing. There is benefit in hyperthreading cores. But that benefit is marginal. Presently I'm addicted to i5-2500k.

Regarding OS, yes I'd consider 'Home Premium". I've chosen K model for having some experience of OCing.

In respect of SSD, I'm also very eager to have one. But could not choose the right one. Your suggestion for Crucial M4 is worth considering. So far, I was thinking of OCZ Vertex 3. But just now I've come across a comparative review of M4 with vertex 3 in Anandtech.com, in which M4 comes out winner. But, sadly there is no deal @ 100 bucks at Newegg as you said. It's $124.99.

Thanks again for taking time to give some good suggestions to me. This is the beauty of Tom's Hardware Forum and the internet world!
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May 8, 2012 3:30:51 PM

if you are really into what you do i would say try to get a 256GB SSD as it will be at a almost 1:1 ratio of GB to money so best bang for the buck

with that u can put pretty much anything you want inside so all the apps and the OS you will be running. then you can just save your projects inside your HDD when your done pretty much. if its to much money i would just say go for a crucial m4 128GB i got one right now and i love it i just don't have enough room for some of my apps
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May 8, 2012 3:56:02 PM

rangpuriya said:
Thanks rdzona! Your observation is right in respect of i7 and video editing or photo editing. There is benefit in hyperthreading cores. But that benefit is marginal. Presently I'm addicted to i5-2500k.

Regarding OS, yes I'd consider 'Home Premium". I've chosen K model for having some experience of OCing.

In respect of SSD, I'm also very eager to have one. But could not choose the right one. Your suggestion for Crucial M4 is worth considering. So far, I was thinking of OCZ Vertex 3. But just now I've come across a comparative review of M4 with vertex 3 in Anandtech.com, in which M4 comes out winner. But, sadly there is no deal @ 100 bucks at Newegg as you said. It's $124.99.

Thanks again for taking time to give some good suggestions to me. This is the beauty of Tom's Hardware Forum and the internet world!


My advice is to just keep an open eye for the ssd prices. There has been a lot of volatility with them lately. And logically when they do hit some ridiculous prices they sell out rather quickly so it's something that you can watch out for but then have to be ready to jump on it. But as the post above stated, with how they have been selling, you can get a nice one for $1/gb or even less.
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May 28, 2012 12:47:36 PM

I've ultimately purchased a kit of G.skill ripjaws 1600 MHz 16 GB (2x8GB) RAM. But this RAM is not in the QVM (qualified vendors list) of the motherboard. Can any one tell me whether this RAM will be compatible with the board (ASUS PZ68-V LE)?

Another point. The board I received is of version 1.01. But the current bios version is 3808. Should I flash the bios update? If yes, then when?
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