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My build need advice

I am conferring if all these parts are compatible and also if this graphics card is a good one for my build.


CPU- Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3GHz Quad-Core $214.98
Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $145.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $79.99
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64mb cache 3.5" 7200RPM $99.99
Video Card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit $160.00?????????
Case Cooler Master 922 HAF $79.99
Power Supply Corsair Enthusiast series TX650 V2650W ATX12V $97.99
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $24.97
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  1. Yeah, everything looks good!

    I would definitely suggest with going with the i5-2500k model, as it is multiplier unlocked and is a dream to OC. This will give you more performance later.

    Also, if you can afford it, the HD 7870 is an incredibly well performing card, but if not the 6870 is a solid card as well.
  2. That is a solid build nice work bud i wouldn't change a thing i say go for it if your plain on mild overclocking though i would get the - Intel Core i5-2500K and add CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065#top

    It would probably also be a good idea to get some cheap but nice case fans later down the road too. A couple of these would probably do the trick ;) (They also come with red or blue LEDs):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103060
  3. I can't really afford a HD 7870, also i don't really want to over clock anything since its my first build and such. I don't know if i want to go ivy or if i want to stay with a sandy bridge. Any opinions?
  4. The price vs performance difference for Ivy is not really worth it unless you *need* the latest and greatest SB is still extremely solid.

    And although you are not looking to OC now, spending an extra $20 bucks to have the option in the future is well worth it for me. Plus the 2500k's are higher binned chips, so they are going to perform better in general.
  5. If you do not get the k series you will regret it down the road. You may not want to overclock now but once you realize how easy and safe it is and how much of an overall performance gain is made you will certainly want the ability to overclock. Going with a non k series with a locked muliplier really limits you.
  6. I believe i am going to go for a 2500k i5 and have that safety net there if i wana over clock later down the road
  7. great choice!
  8. haha thanks! so everything in this build is compatible and the size of the power supply should be enough?
  9. Yes you are looking good with that set up , the i5 is a great choice, the power supply is plenty for your specs
  10. Yeah, great choices.
  11. sweet! now to just buy it all!
  12. Good luck, and enjoy!
  13. dragon7786 said:
    haha thanks! so everything in this build is compatible and the size of the power supply should be enough?

    Yes everything is compatible your good to go great choices bud. ;)
  14. thanks everybody i have most of the parts already such as the case and memory. i just ordered the power supply and once i have the rest of the money i am gonna get everything else!
  15. dragon7786 said:
    thanks everybody i have most of the parts already such as the case and memory. i just ordered the power supply and once i have the rest of the money i am gonna get everything else!

    Sounds good and your very welcome! :)
  16. bigcyco1 said:
    Sounds good and your very welcome! :)



    okay soo here is the deal it currently was brought to me by a friend that the Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor is on sale for $190. i am wondering if you guys think i should stick with the 2500k or go with the newer ivy 3570k and have a newer processor? pros and cons would be good to hear about both and what u would advise. thanks!
  17. dragon7786 said:
    okay soo here is the deal it currently was brought to me by a friend that the Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor is on sale for $190. i am wondering if you guys think i should stick with the 2500k or go with the newer ivy 3570k and have a newer processor? pros and cons would be good to hear about both and what u would advise. thanks!
    Ivy Bridge offers a good ~15% performance improvement at the same speed as i5-2500k and the i5-3570k is clocked 100MHz faster than the Core i5-2500K by default.

    You also get PCI-Express 3.0 vs 2.0 for Sandy Bridge, which future-proofs your build,Ivy Bridge only runs very hot when overclocking if you raise the voltage a lot. Raise it a tad less and you can still overclock it a lot with reasonable temperatures.But,if higher overclocking is important then stick with Sandy Bridge personally i go ivy bud. just because.GPU performance greatly improved compared to last generation,Support for DirectX 11,Driver maturity improved,Turbo Boost to dynamically adjust graphics clocks,and Dedicated transcoding hardware basically ivy is slightly better then sandy except for in overclocking sandy is much better hope this helps mate good luck! ;)
  18. bigcyco1 said:
    Ivy Bridge offers a good ~15% performance improvement at the same speed as i5-2500k and the i5-3570k is clocked 100MHz faster than the Core i5-2500K by default.

    You also get PCI-Express 3.0 vs 2.0 for Sandy Bridge, which future-proofs your build,Ivy Bridge only runs very hot when overclocking if you raise the voltage a lot. Raise it a tad less and you can still overclock it a lot with reasonable temperatures.But,if higher overclocking is important then stick with Sandy Bridge personally i go ivy bud. just because.GPU performance greatly improved compared to last generation,Support for DirectX 11,Driver maturity improved,Turbo Boost to dynamically adjust graphics clocks,and Dedicated transcoding hardware basically ivy is slightly better then sandy except for in overclocking sandy is much better hope this helps mate good luck! ;)



    That actually helped alot thanks very much for the help man! i believe i am going to go with the ivy and get that Asus motherboard as well, i just ordered a 1tb but wanted a SSD for OS and games but the ones i found had bad reviews. I'm looking for something between 60gb- 120gb and nothing more then $120
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    dragon7786 said:
    That actually helped alot thanks very much for the help man! i believe i am going to go with the ivy and get that Asus motherboard as well, i just ordered a 1tb but wanted a SSD for OS and games but the ones i found had bad reviews. I'm looking for something between 60gb- 120gb and nothing more then $120
    No problem my pleasure!And,that's a great choice as well Asus is best imo of course i could just be a brain washed Asus fan boy! :lol: Anyways,as for SSD i use 2 Crucial M4's RAID0 on my littler rig they kick ass!Best bang for buck right now to you can get 128GB at tigerdirect at the moment has the best price $119.99 plus free shipping and if you live in California like i do they don't charge you tax :D Crucial CT128M4SSD2 m4 2.5" Solid State Drive - 128GB, SATA III 6Gb/s http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=365475&csid=_21
    you should check thiese reviews and benchmarks out to help you decide mate best of luck! http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-storage-value,3184.html and http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/plextor-m3-crucial-m4-octane-performance-pro,3178.html
  20. Best answer selected by dragon7786.
  21. Its okay i think I'm an asus fanboy now since everybody got me going with the ASUS 7850 LOL
  22. dragon7786 said:
    Its okay i think I'm an asus fanboy now since everybody got me going with the ASUS 7850 LOL
    Asus Rules! :lol:
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