Need suggestions on i5-2500k gaming build


Aug 27, 2010
OK so I am building a new computer. Heres what I am trying to get to.

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: August 31,2011

Budget Range: 1300 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA, Michigan

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel & Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes never did it before but willing to try.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes later

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Trying to keep it as future proofed as possible, quiet, and cool.


This is what I am questioning.

i5-2500k & ASUS P8P67 PRO 3.0 REV


This is what I have already bought.


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

WINDOWS 7 Home Premium 64-bit] CM Hyper 212+

Corsair HX850 PSU Modular

Spinpoint F3

SO basically I am having my doubts on the mobo and on the graphics card. The graphics card is a monster from the devil him self= HUGE. Also I heard the graphics card isnt that great of an overclocker. A lot of people having trouble with the voltage.The mobo I have heard a lot of people saying its a great board and others saying avoid it at all cost. The reviews are kind of in between.

I have about $750 left for MOBO CPU and GPU
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or ideas you guys can give me.
Here's a board that just came out a few days ago and has the NF200 Bridge which allows you to run cards @ x16 & x16 not to mention it's has the PCI-E 3.0 slots that will be supported by Ivy Bridge. $289.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard <---- A better look at that board <---- PCI-E 3.0 for Intel Ivy Bridge due out next spring,2995-15.html <---- this review done last week shows that boards with the NF200 bridge do help to reduce micro stutter in regards to SLI.


Aug 27, 2010

I have actually been look at that board and the fat1 board brings me down off this board because,

Doesn't give the 3 year warranty standard.

Only one x16 3.0 pcie lane for future proofing.

Also heard the BIOS is buggy


Only one x16 slot is PCI-E 3.0 supported? That's not what it shows on the Asrock site. <----- here <----- Now zoom in on this pic.