Summer into College 2500k Gaming Build

Ragdoll47

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: I've been given $1000 as a gift but I have some wiggle room that I can add with my own money + rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, college work (nothing extensive like media editing)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, Monitor, OS (I'll be using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, MicroCenter

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: What's best

Overclocking: Not immediately, I'd like to see stock results and then go from there.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes , for future upgrading when necessary.

Monitor Resolution: I have a 23 inch ASUS VH236H monitor at a 1920 x 1080 resolution

Additional Comments: This will be my first build ever. Thermal paste? What other tools will I need in order to put the rig together?Need good airflow and SLI later.

Not sure of the best manufacturers of parts but I'm sure the experts here can point me in the right direction...

i5-2500k (I know Microcenter has 'em for $179.99)

Twin Frozr II 560 ti OC edition or EVGA Superclocked 560 Ti? Anything better?

Ram 4 or 8 GB?

Harddrive 1 TB

The rest please?
 

striker410

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Hi there, welcome to the forums.

Another summer project! Excellent.

I hate to be lazy, but I recommend you check out this thread right here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/312822-31-bestconfigs-budget-intel-based-gaming

With the savings on the 2500k, you can easily upgrade to 8GB ram and for sure fit a 1TB drive.

For manufacturers, i go in this order for mobo's: Asus>Gigabyte>ASRock>MSI>Biostar>other stuff.

For GPU's: EVGA>XFX>MSI>Asus>Gigabyte>Sapphire>Zotac>Palit/ECS/PNY/Sparkle.

That should give you a good start!

 

Ragdoll47

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I've been browsing this site for quite some time but this is the first time I've posted.

As for your $1000 build, Azn, I have looked at it extensively yet I'm concerned if there's anything dated in it or could be improved on by this point.
 
Here's a start for you. Also I like the MSI Twin Twin Frozr and Gigabyte 560's for their cooling and superior o/c capabilities.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.668398 $154.98 + $15.00 Mail In Rebates save: $15.00
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.674958 $188.98 save: $40.00
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082 $29.99 FREE SHIPPING
XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 $18.99 FREE SHIPPING
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

http://www.superbiiz.com/query.php?categry=636&name=Nvidia-GeForce&pa1=GTX560+Ti <---- Here's a another site with decent deals on those gtx 560's.
 

Ragdoll47

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Okay, so here's what I have so far:

http://imageshack.us/f/856/wishlistn.png/ (Slightly different now, parts listed later in thread)

Sub Total: $937.89
Shipping: $ 7.63
= $945.52
I'll be purchasing the i5-2500k at MicroCenter for $179.99 and the 212+ on Amazon for about $15 cheaper so:
$945.52 - $65 = approximately $880.52 before tax and rebates.

Can I do better? Is there anything I am missing or can improve upon? Is everything compatible? Any bottlenecks?
 

striker410

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Lol, Who's biased now? Jk jk.

I like the build. Since you are saving quite a bit You should be able to pick up another GTX 560 Ti.
Also go for the normal version of the 560 Ti. It will let you save a bit off the GPU.

For Shinobi: What is your parts preference? I'm all ears.
 
Haha I have no preference actually. I do favor CM as they are always the underdog, but I prefer to keep mutual as to recommend the best parts possible. I do however dislike favoring of parts. I think it doesn't give chance for better products that are less known. IE Asus gets the favor because many people know it, however people don't know that they're parts are in some cases overpriced. IE P8P67 Pro ($180) vs Extreme4 P67 ($160) they both practically perform the same but they prefer the Asus because it is better known. Or when people pick WD Blacks over F3s. WTF? F3's are just as good and quieter but cheaper by 15-20$. :p

Oh, my website makes me stay unbiased.

Maybe that's why I like AMD, for underdog reasons.
 

striker410

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True that. However I did put a disclamer there, it's how I would rank them. If there were an awesome deal on any of them, I'd snap it up. I'm just going with the brands I know.

And My badassery (or humility? :p) makes me unbiased. Beat that!
 

Ragdoll47

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Why? I'm already under my budget. Is it better to go for the normal version for other than price? Is it also safe to say that having Superclocked 560 Ti's in SLI is better than the normal 560 Ti's in SLI?

Here's the list of parts:

Processor-
i5 2500k

Motherboard-
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128500

RAM-
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Power Supply-
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

Hard Drive-
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Cooler-
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

GPU-
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

DVD Burner-
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

Case-
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Thermal Paste-
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

EDIT: Changed Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive to SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

How does it look?
 

Ragdoll47

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Just a few questions:

Of the EVGA 560 ti and the MSI Twin Frozr 560 Ti OC edition, which one has the edge? I know MSI has reputable cooling.

Will a 650w power supply be enough for my eventual SLI of whichever 560 ti? I dont want to be up to the limit straining the PSU. Could you recommend me a good one?

Is the motherboard compatible with all other parts, regarding PCI, pins, connectors, etc?
 

Either one of those cards will work fine.

A 650w will not be enough to push two of those cards. 750w is the norm for dual 560's.
 

striker410

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Wait 650w striker?
GeForce GTX 560 in 2-way SLI
A second card requires you to add another ~175 Watts. You need a 700+ Watt power supply unit if you use it in a high-end system (800+ to a KiloWatt is recommended if you plan on any overclocking).

Which if he is getting the 2500K I'm assuming there will be overclocking. The 750w is highly recommended. 540m is hardly even a card. Might as well get a laptop Llano. The top of the line Llano for the Laptops are much better than the 540m.