Inexpensive i5 2500k Build

krystianb10

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Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month

Budget Range: 600-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, autocad, movies, programming

Parts Not Required: OS, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Case

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: In the future. Yes

Monitor Resolution: 32 inch tv so its 1366 x 768 I believe


I already have an idea of a build and I basically wanted your opinions on it.

CPU- I5 2500k $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

Mobo- Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 $140
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366193

Ram- G.Skill Ripjaw 8gb 2x4 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308

PSU-Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

HDD- Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm 1tb
CD Drive- Asus 24x Dvd Burner
$75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696141

GPU- BIOSTAR VA6875NPG2 Radeon HD 6870 $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141124

Price (After rebates)- $660 +tax but ive seen people on here talk about a deal at microcenter where they give you $40 off when you an i5 2500k and a motherboard,, so the total should be $620 + tax if thats true.

TOTAL- $620 +tax

Please let me know what you guys think about my build. I know the 6870 isnt that great of a card, but i plan to crossfire it in the future.
 
Not bad...

There are MB + CPU bundles at Microcenter, but I am not finding them on their web site. As you stated, plan on the bundled price being lower.

The HD 6870 is no slouch and is arguably the best "bang for the buck" for a gaming GPU at the moment. Don't under estimate it...

I would go with the Antec EarthWatts over the High Gamer Series (+$5).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051

The memory you choose is DDR3-1066 and you can definately do better. Shoot for something like the modules linked below.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233185
 
Looks like you have a good build there. The memory selections that Sadam04 made are smart moves that would give you some performance with a very small cost increase. Also before you overclock the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K make sure that you pick up a good 3rd party HSF (heatsink/fan) to deal with the increased heat.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
 

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My only suggestion would be to get a cheaper psu. Your current configuration while overclocked should pull about 450w. Add another 6870, and you'll be at about 600-650w. A reliable 700w PSU could be about 20-25$ cheaper.
 
(1) By almeans go with sadams04 on memory. DDR3-1600 is the "Sweet spot" for a SB build, and the cost diff from 1333 is just to little. On PSU, mucks nixs, I'd probably go with your orginal choice slightly cheaper and altho does not have the "green", specs are almost idenitcal.

(2) As IntelEnthusiast pointed out GET a 3rd party HSF even if you were not OCing that would be my recommendation. Stock HSF is just to probmatic (Look at the number of post where problem is traced to improper seating), also the stock HSF is at the bottom of the todum pole in terms of performance. Most common recommend one is the Hyper 212 . Me I want the new "Baby" to run as cool as posible, so i normally opt for a higher end HSF - Ofcoarse more mula. Love my Zalman 9900Max, but only cost effective if on sale, otherwise to high.
 

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Alright thanks ill definitely buy that CPU cooler, but how will this setup be in terms of upgradability? Also ive been hearing about micro stuttering with crossfire and sli setups. Is this something that can be avoided? If it cant then I would look into getting a single card setup. I will be playing on my 32 inch tv which has a 1366 x 768 resoultion, maybe that will help and lower the microstuttering? (im just wondering if it would because it doesnt have to put out a really high resolution.

And so how much wattage should i get on my psu? Alot of people are saying different things.
 
For PSU size, what I would do is google a review of the cards you whabnt to xfire. IE ATI 6870 crossfire then look at the review. It will normally have a page that specifies the Power requiremens. Need to see if it is for the system (normal) and what THEIR system was. Add a fudge factor say 20/30% and go for it.

As to microstuttering with xfire, sorry, not a gamer so just have a single 6870.
 

krystianb10

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Would an asrock extreme 3 gen 3 be good especially for the future and crossfire?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

And I was looking at some charts and it seems to me like the 6870 is a great card. It is only a few fps off from the 560gtx and the 6950 cards so I think ill be buying it. It should last me a while and since that asrock mobo has pcie 3 slots i can buy next gen graphics card.

Also ive heard that a dual card setup wont fit in a rosewill challenger case. Is that true? Because I already have one but I can return it.
 

krystianb10

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Alright so this is the updated build (so far)

CPU- I5 2500k $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0354589

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371049

Im gonna take a harddrive from my old computer which is a 7200rpm 500gb hard drive which should be fine and it will save me $60. Also I will take a cd drive which saves another $20.

Nvidia 560ti (i dont know which is best) ~$220


Total- $655 + tax

How does that sound on a 32 inch tv? haha