Advice: i5 2500k build

Hey guys im new to the site, i just needed an advice for the current rig im building which is not on a tight budget, so feel free to voice out your opinion or if you want to change something much better.
PC will be OC'ed and use mostly for gaming. i still can't figure out my mind if i would choose aircooling or liquid cooling :|


Chipset: i5 2500k
MOBO : Asus p8p67 pro
RAM : GSkill ARES 16GB (4GBX4) DDR3 1600/F3-1600C9Q-16GAB
GPU : Sapphire HD 6870 (OR) MSI GTX 560ti Twin Frozr 2 1GB (i just want a single card)
PSU : Aerocool +80 bronze 600W
SSD : OCZ Agility 3 60gb
Cooling :Thermalright Silver Arrow
Casing :NZXT Phantom Crafted Full Tower Chassis
11 answers Last reply
More about advice 2500k build
  1. You should go with Ivy Bridge, it's the newer than SB. What's your budget?
  2. The ivy bridge is has more overclocking potential and plus its cheaper :), actually this build is not on a tight budget.


    sorry sorry i meant the sandy bridge
  3. ivybridge actually doesnt have more overclocking potential than sandybridge

    although clock for clock ivybridge is a bit faster once you heavily overclock ivy it gets much hotter than sandy

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ivy-bridge-overclocking-core-i7-3770k,3198.html

    and a 128gb ssd would be better

    and either a z68 or z77 motherboard rather than p67
  4. If you're going to overclock then Sandy Bridge processors overclock around 5% higher, but are also 3% slower per clock.So... its a tough choice here.

    Switch the power supply to this one if you dont plan on using crossfire.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194102&Tpk=lepa%20550

    Or this one if you do.If you dont know what that is, it means adding a second graphics card.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052

    You can also upgrade to a better SSD.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    This one is both faster and has more storage space.

    Replace the motherboard with a newer, better one.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130644

    And finally replace the graphics card with one of these two.
    The first is as fast as a GTX 570 and is also very very cheap.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500196

    The second one is a bit faster, uses a lot less energy, works silently, and has a huge overclocking headroom.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127662

    Almost nobody needs 16GB RAM.Most people just buy that much because they think that more is better.But its not.
    If you really need that much buy a dual module kit.Quad module kit make overclocking a lot harder.
    This is a good kit.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544

    And i forgot one last thing.You dont need to spend a hundred dolars on a case.Unless youre an enthusiast that likes to show off his PC that is.
    The case below is just as good as the one you chose.It just isnt as big.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235034

    And lastly if you're serious about overclocking your CPU you should definetly take a look at this cooler.Its as good as a Corsair H80 but costs a lot less.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106188&Tpk=thermaltake%20water%202.0%20performer
  5. @kamen_bg Those are good advices, have no plans on getting a dual graphic card, just a single is enough for me. How about your insight between aircooling vs watercooling? im stuck deciding between those :/

    @bigcyco1 thats a good build! i might consider it
  6. Water cooling isn't needed on that build, with a well cooled case such as those recommended above an air cooler will work fine. If you don't overclock even the stock cooler would be fine. I would actually pay a little more for a good air cooler just for peace of mind - less maintenance - risk of failure - down the road. So it's really a matter of preference.
  7. edtheguy said:
    Water cooling isn't needed on that build, with a well cooled case such as those recommended above an air cooler will work fine. If you don't overclock even the stock cooler would be fine. I would actually pay a little more for a good air cooler just for peace of mind - less maintenance - risk of failure - down the road. So it's really a matter of preference.


    sir, can you post some good air cooler which is worth the money
  8. A basic, but effective budget cooler is the cooler master EVO 212, for a little more the Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler is good.
  9. edtheguy said:
    A basic, but effective budget cooler is the cooler master EVO 212, for a little more the Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler is good.


    Yup im considering the cooler master evo212
  10. yeah get 8GB of ram, 16gigs is too much for gaming.
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Systems Product