System Upgrade


Apr 15, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: 900 €

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

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, graphics card, chieftec 600 w power supply, graphics card, dvd burner, hard drives,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: FINLAND

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: it needs to be fast and powerful. I also need a very good cpu cooler. If possible quite quiet


CPU: i5 2500k 189€
HSF: Noctua NH-D14 71.40€
Memory: GSkill 2x4GB 1.5V Cas8 1600Mhz 89€
MB: Asus P8P67 Pro 159€
Case: Fractal Design R3 Black Pearl 99€

Total: 602.40€

Or possibly with this case:
Case: Silverstone Fortress FT02 229€

Total: 732.40€

Still fits way under your budget.

Both cases fit the CPU cooler and are quiet. The FT02 also fits graphics cards up to 12" in length. Which is a slight improvement over the 290mm that the R3 does.
If you want a Z68 based board, add 27€ for the Asus P8Z68-V Pro 186€.


Roughly the following:

2nd SataIII controller
2nd eSata 3Gb/s port with power
2 extra usb 2 ports
coaxial s/pdif audio connection
bluetooth support

But it doesn't have Video connectivity like the pro does

Overall the pro is a much better investment than the deluxe as the extras are rarely used.


The i7 is better if you do stuff other that gaming because it supports hyper threading. Generally stuff that uses a lot of threads like rendering 3d models and such.
But for gaming use the 100€ or $100 price difference is usually too big to justify the tiny improvement ( if any ) in performance.

So I would say that if you want to get the i7 instead of the i5 , you can. But your experience in gaming won't really change.