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August 7, 2012 7:37:08 PM

Hello, my name is Sammy and i am new to the forums. I have decided to make a custom Gaming-Multitasking Build And i managed to get a short list down, using parts from micro center and new egg. As i said in the title, on 600 dollars.

New egg:









Dvd Drive:

Wireless Adapter:

I am planning on using this computer for multi-taksing and for Gaming, It costs 590 dollars in total with rebate, How does it sound?
August 7, 2012 7:46:20 PM

if you plan on overclocking i wouldnt get an h61 motheboard (plus i would get an aftermarket cpu cooler), and if you dont plan on overclocking i would get the i5 2400
August 7, 2012 7:46:46 PM

If you're getting the 2500k, you should absolutely get an aftermarket cooler for overclocking aswell.

Boost your clock speed by 30% for an extra $30. Otherwise there is really no point in getting the unlocked K version.
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August 7, 2012 8:00:56 PM

Well i have heard of over-clocking before but im not sure how it works. Some people told me that the cpu could melt or something around those lines.
How does it work?
Is it safe?
August 7, 2012 8:02:45 PM

its safe if you read up and know what youre doing. Its not really hard, it just takes a little knowledge of the things youre looking at. but melting the cpu would take some extreme overclocking, or just misuse/bad installation of the cooler. If you get a good aftermarket cooler, and do a decent overclock, you'll be safe. the i5 2500k is a great overclocker, but i still dont think its necessary if youre getting a h61 motherboard. If you dont wanna mess with overclocking, go for that i5 2400. its still a great cpu
August 7, 2012 8:04:58 PM

Well if you do not overclock the 2500k is the 2400 better then it?
August 7, 2012 8:07:50 PM

maybe not better, it just makes more sense, save yourself a couple of bucks on the processor. if you want to buy the 2500k, dont let me say its a bad choice or anything, i just think its unnecessary to pay for the unlocked ("k") processor when youre leaving it at stock clocks
August 7, 2012 8:12:30 PM

I just read through in article on overclocking, and it looks manageable. But im not sure if i have the "skill" to know what im doing.
August 7, 2012 8:16:21 PM

yeah i understand what you mean. if i were you, and just wanted to build a computer that is cheap and can play games well, i would get the i5 2400 and call it a day. just my 2 cents though. i really doubt that youll be disappointed
August 7, 2012 8:20:32 PM

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a mother board under 60 (70 if necessary)
August 7, 2012 8:34:11 PM

An after-market cpu cooler would give you lower temps than a stock cooler, and you could possibly save a bit of money by buying a oem version of your processor (ships without a stock cooler). You could just enjoy the extra low temps at stock speed whilst you settle into your new pc, get used to the bios etc. You don't have to overclock the first day, week, or even month, but you would have the option at a later date.

Just my two pence, but I get that you may not necessarily want to pay a bit extra for a 'maybe one day', and a 2400 is still a great processor at any rate.
August 7, 2012 8:40:18 PM

I think im going to stick with the 2500k and research it a bit more until i feel i have the basic knowledge to overclock it. Micro center does not sell 2400 but only 2500k and the 2500k is cheaper then the 2400 on new egg so :D  makes no sense to get a 2400.

Anyone have a good motherboard in mind?
Any good over clocking tuts?
August 8, 2012 12:36:06 AM

that article really made things much simpler thanks, now its a matter of buying a good cpu cooler and mother board any suggestions for both?
August 8, 2012 10:28:43 AM

I have the 2500k, and I have the Asus P8p67, I'd say its a pretty good mobo, but I haven't overclocked my cpu or anything yet. The advantage is that the BIOS interface is quite user friendly (its the same as the images showed in the guide above), but, it may be a little too pricey (mine was £105 when I bought it, I don't know what it is now).

I'm not very knowledgeable on mobo's I'm afraid, hopefully somebody may chime in who has greater knowledge on cheaper-end motherboards.
August 8, 2012 5:39:37 PM

Does anyone have knowledge of motherboards and coolers.