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post #1 of 11
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My buddy has tasked me with buildiing him a new gaming desktop, that for the most part should last about 3 years..

His e8400, P35-DS3L, 4gb of ram and 9800GTX did just that for him... at stock speeds...

So anyways: Here is the updated list

CPU:
2500K will probably OC as much as I can on stock voltages.


Motherboard:
Asus P8P67 Motherboard Is it worth the extra $30 or so for the Pro model?

Any motherboard recommendations? this board doesn't have SLI as supported? DO they all support it now, or does it need to be listed? I was recommended a combo with some ram.


Ram:

2x4 gb kit... recommendations? ive been told Corsair vengeance with a Gigabyte board combo for $230... is this good?


SSD:

OCZ Vertex 2 120GB is already purchased


HDD:

1TB Samsung F3 or 2tb Samsung F4

CPU Cooler:

Corsair H50/H60/H70... Recommendations? Are the stock coolers better than previous CPUS?


GPU:

Single GTX570 of some sort? probably an eVGA or ASUS brand... Any recommendations for around $250-$275?


Power Supply:

Haven't researched this at all... Could use a recommendation, not much future probability of SLi I don't think... I don't think this board supports SLi, at least I couldn't find it on the Manuf. Website

Thanks!
Edited by identitycrisis - 5/4/11 at 7:47am
     
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What kind of budget are we working with for the remaining parts?
post #3 of 11
I would reconsider the non-k version, with almost no knowledge you can easy have a 4.5 overclock for $20 more. Overclocking has never been easier, and $20 for a 1.2 ghz OC is a pretty good deal.
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Originally Posted by VanillaCena View Post
What kind of budget are we working with for the remaining parts?
He will be re-using his Case, monitor kb mouse, speakers, etc...

Everything inside needs to be replaced, not sure if he wants/needs a sound card... so pretty much everything listed is what is needed.


**Edit**
I didn't finish answering the question. As for the power supply, I am not sure... Something decent, not overkill, but if he chooses to SLI, would leave him with the capability. I would say no more than $150 on the power supply.

as for the cooler, I was thinking the H60... but I am not really sure of the differences between the 3, I had an h50 and liked it, so I figured it was worth looking at them... unless of course the stock cooler is better than previous stock coolers... in which case i might just try to save him that money and put it into a better GPU
Edited by identitycrisis - 5/4/11 at 7:25am
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by identitycrisis View Post
He will be re-using his Case, monitor kb mouse, speakers, etc...

Everything inside needs to be replaced, not sure if he wants/needs a sound card... so pretty much everything listed is what is needed.
Let me rephrase. How much money does he want to spend on the rest of the parts he needs?
post #6 of 11
go with K-series, even if he is not going to overclock now, as tats said - for 20 bucks there's no reason not to.

edit: also go with one set of 8gb (2x4gb) RAM, not 2 sets of 4, leaves room for upgrades and will clock better
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post #7 of 11
If you plan on buying a p8p67 motherboard then ideally you should use a 2500k, otherwise go for a H67 motherboard with a non k series cpu,

The spinpoint f3 is a great drive and highly rated.

If no overclock is planned then go for a hyper 212+ cooler, Its very well priced and keeps temps within check upto 4.5 ghz, it's alot better than the intel stock cooler, The intel stock cooler will be more than adequate if no overclocking is prefered.

The p67/h67 have good onboard sound if no sound card is needed.
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post #8 of 11
If you're not going to overclock, you should save some cash and get a h67 board with usb3 if you care, or h61 without usb3.
    
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For Power Supply, this is a great choice for it's price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371021
Great Performance, 4 PCI-e Connectors, Semi-Modular


For motherboard, I would go with this SLI/Xfire certified (has 16x/8x PCI-e vs Asus 16x/4x)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.637592
Has Corsair RAM in the combo for some savings.
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post #10 of 11
Just reiterating what has already been said.

Get the K version of the i5, even if no OC is being done on it initially he will probably want to at some point. Just go into BIOS and increase the multiplier, don't even have to mess with voltages for an easy OC.

SB is dual channel, but you are probably better off with just 2x4gb of ram rather then 4x4gb. Won't really see a noticeable impact on gaming.

Go with a 560 ti or a 6950 for the best bang for your buck, maybe a 570 or 6970 if you want to spend a little more money.

The best power supply brands are Corsair, Antec, and XFX I trust those the most, though others are good too. Your best bet is around 650W to leave some room for upgrading and OC. Look for one that is modular if you want to have an easier time with wire management. And one with 4x6+2pin if he wants to upgrade to CF/SLI later, otherwise can just go with 2x6+2pin.
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