$1000 build - looking for feedback

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Just looking for some feedback on what I am considering buying for my first gaming rig. Any advice on how to save money or get equal performance for less money would be appreciated.

Here is what I have put together for myself, looking to place the order today!


CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB - $240


MOBO: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 DDR3 ATX AMD 890FX 4PCI-E16 2PCI CrossFireX 6 SATA 6GB/S Motherboard - $220


PSU: OCZ FATAL1TY Series 750W ATX 24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Red Fan 80+ Bronze Power Supply - $80


Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5.0GHZ DDR5 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-E - $230

Case: Azza Hurrican 2000R Black ATX Full Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5IN 2X230MM Red LED Fan Window No PSU - $125

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 - $50

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200.12 1TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM - $60

DVD Drive: LG GH24LS70 24X SATA Lightscribe Internal DVD Writer Burner DVDRW Optical Drive Black OEM - $20

Total Cost: $1025
 
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Looks good...

PSU - The size is fine, but go with Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic instead of that OCZ.

MEM - If you can afford to go with lower latency modules you will be better off. DDR3-1600 1.5v CL8...

CPU Cooler - If you plan to overclock, don't forget a CPU cooler. The Hyper 212+ is a good cooler for a good price.
Looks good...

PSU - The size is fine, but go with Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic instead of that OCZ.

MEM - If you can afford to go with lower latency modules you will be better off. DDR3-1600 1.5v CL8...

CPU Cooler - If you plan to overclock, don't forget a CPU cooler. The Hyper 212+ is a good cooler for a good price.
 
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A few questions:

1.) Are the mobo and cpu compatable?

2.) Would Overclocking really be necessary with this kit?

3.) The PSU is on for $40 off regular price, and isn't it just as good as a corsair for $60 more?
 
1.) Yes
2.) No, but there are huge payoffs. You should easily be able to get to 4.5GHz or upwards to 5.0GHz. If you are not overclocking get a non-K series CPU (i5-2400 or i5-2500)
3.) No. Not all power supplies are made equal. The four vendors I listed make quality units that give at least their rated power. The OCZ unit you picked may work just fine, could crap out from faulty parts, or not give its full 750w as it is rated. IMHO, this is not an area to skimp on.

Yep! That GSKILL memory is exactly the set I had in mind.
 

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Thanks a lot
 

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Ummmmmmmm. I just finished my build and I believe the I5-2500k (which I have) is a 1155 socket and requires a board that has that socket. An AMD board will not be compatable. I hope you get this before you order the components......
 

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well the Asrock extreme3 is what im going with for $130, but they have higher end extreme models, might wanna look at those, just make sure what ever motherboard you purchase it is SOCKET 1155 for your i5.