Advice/review for my intel core i5 2500k build


Feb 15, 2011
CPU-intel Core i5 2500K:

COOLER-Thermalright Venomous X:eek:r thermalright silver arrow (unsure yet)


RAM-2x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz:

VIDEO CARD-EVGA GTX 570 to start with want to get another one once i get enough money

CASE-Cooler Master HAF X: or Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case(unsure yet)

OCZ Vertex 3 128GB SSD SATA III:

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB:


please tell me what you think and what PSU should i get keep in mind i would like to buy another 570 at some point so should i get more power then i need now preparing for it or can you even do that.

also do you think i will be able to max out crysis 2 and bf3 with only one 570 or do i need 2?


Sep 15, 2011
Cooler: Get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, cheaper for same performance

GPU: I would recommend the MSI Twin Frozr III version of the 570, it has incredible temps and overclocks very well.

Case: Go for the HAF 932 instead of the HAF X. It is $40 cheaper for almost the same case.

SSD: I have read so many bad things about OCZ SSDs, I would highly recommend Crucial M4 for a SSD.

With SLI 570, you need a good 750 watt power supply. If you plan on overclocking your CPU and both graphics cards, I would get an 850 watt just in case. I have the Corsair HX850 and highly recommend it. Corsair and Seasonic are the brands you want to look at, with 80+ Silver as the sweet spot for price/quality.

You will be able to max crysis 2 and bf3 with one 570. I run out of Vram on both of those games, but it is not an issue. I get an average of 36-40 fps in crysis 2 (Dx11 w/ High res textures 1080p) and around 50-60 in the BF3 beta
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $204.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible $39.99

EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $359.99 and a $10 rebate.

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $129.99

I would go with the cooler Master Half-X it is big with plenty of room and an amazing amount of cooling options , especially for video cards. For the video card I would go with the Evga because the company stands behind thier lifetime warrenty and I do have experience with that. They also have a step up program which if within 90 days of purchase you want to upgrade you can trade in the one you have for a better one , which in this case you could trade in the 570 for a 580. On the SSD I would go with Corsair, the Force GT is fast and solid. The cpu cooler from Cooler Master is a new model and you want good dependable cooling for your cpu. Antec makes a great dependable power supply and this one will give you enough power for now and later on.


Oct 21, 2009
Add xfx your list of psu options. Seasonic oems all their units so you're safe across all models.

Pc power & cooling silencer series is also getting good reviews. 7 year warranty. What more could you ask for? Oh and they're also silver certified.