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I5 2500k build help/cost reduction

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June 16, 2012 11:15:49 PM

Hello,

Well as the topic says im looking to build a gaming rig. I have no real objectives for what games it will be able to handle no crysis 2 or elder scrolls more on the end of diablo 3 starcraft 2. I will be looking to overclock and also want to have the ability to sli/xfire in the future not really biased on which way i go. I do multitask alot some photoshop, and 3d studio. I'm at the cap of my budget in the current prices so if there is a way i could save some money that would be appreciated.

Overclocking expectations 3.8-4Ghz. Not sure if xfireing 2 of the 7750's will actually require a 650W psu...i have no clue about psu's so i went with what i guessed (blindfolded point on screen).

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/agzn

Not included on the list is 2 more 120mm fans.

Also items i already have is the Hitachi 500g hd, and the lg optical drive.

The rest is all game for change if a reasonable argument can be made.

Thanks,
June 16, 2012 11:32:05 PM

The 3570K costs just as much as the 2500K, and is a better CPU.

Liquid cooling for 4 GHz overclocking? Heck no! Go for the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

Consider upping to a 128GB SSD. You want your OS and (most used) programs on it, and maybe some games (non-steam games). I would go 128GB to be safe.
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June 17, 2012 12:19:02 AM

He can't up he's trying to SAVE money.

I'm sure you can fine 1600mhz 4x2gb memory for $45 with a heat spreader.

Cooler master hyper 212 evo as nafoni said would save you money.

You can probably find a cheaper case if you really need to save money.

You should go with a 6850 as it performs a little better than the 7770.

i5-3570k is better.

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June 17, 2012 12:34:46 AM

drop the cpu down to the 3540..if your in school you can see if your school on the Microsoft edu list. where you can get the software at a reduced cost.
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June 17, 2012 12:45:43 AM

get rid or the water cooling get a 212 as mentioned, drop down to a 600w psu an antec will handle the cf with 7770, an antec 300 case is probably cheaper, quality as good just not as flashy, you should be able to get a cheaper mobo with similar features etc from the likes of asrock i know ur on a budget if you cant afford bigger than 64gig ssd drop it and get it later down the line other wise i think you will be chasing space in the future
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June 17, 2012 3:59:45 AM

kawnartyst said:
Thanks for the help so far. I've made some changes. I also wondered if there anyone had any alternative mobo/gpu (nvidia)

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/agPf

Thanks.

antec one 29.99 bargain
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September 27, 2012 9:21:53 AM

The i5 2500k is easily over clocked to 4.1 GHz with BIOS tweaks or third party software. Anything higher than a core speed of 4.1ghz, will cause a hotter CPU. I would suggest switching to a water cooled system setup, because you may run into a 60 degree Celsius increase without water heat removal.

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