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Hey guys,

I've been planning and doing research about a new build I'm gonna get by the end of the month. Primary use will be for HD Gaming and Video Editing (After Effects, Vegas, etc. that sort of stuff). Also want to be doing some screencasting/capture with a dual screen setup. Here's my build so far, but I've got a couple questions which I hope the community will be able to help me out with

CPU
Core i5-2500 vs Core i7-2600
So I've heard that for gaming the i7 is overkill, but then again I'm gonna be doing some video editing and I've heard the hyperthreading really helps. Also regarding the K-versions, I don't really plan to do overclocking because honestly I don't know how to do it What would you guys recommend?

Mobo
Asus P8P67
I'm pretty noob when it comes to building PCs and I basically picked this one through based on the CPU sockets and stuff. Is there a better, cheaper alternative?

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 8GB Dual Channel DDR3
I would go for 4GB but again, video editing probably requires more.

HDD
Western Digital 1TB Black 7200RPM
This is going to be my main storage drive.

SSD
Corsair F60 60GB SSD
Boot drive and also to put my favourite games on so they load faster (primarily StarCraft II)

GPU
Leadtek GTX 460 1GB vs. Sapphire Radeon 6850
From what I've read, the difference between these cards is marginal. Where I live the GTX 460 is a tad bit cheaper than the 6850 so I'll probably get that unless there's a good reason otherwise.

So those are the main parts that I've more or less got down. I need some help with these though:

Cooling
Some say the default cooling units are fine but others say it's a good idea to get a third-party cooler. I'm currently looking at this:

Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Not too expensive, but would it be necessary?

Power Supply
Being a total noob I honestly don't know what kind of power supply to choose. My criteria for this is simply the cheapest one that can provide for all the above. Can anyone give me some recommendations?

Casing
Kinda need some recommendations for this one. Again the only criteria is cheap and compatible with the rest of the parts.

The rest of my budget will be on peripherals. I've chosen the following:

WiFi Card
Asus PCE-N13
Seems like a standard 802.11b/g/n card. Cheap.

Keyboard
Razer BlackWidow
Going for my first mechanical keyboard. Heard some good things about this and seems to be the cheapest option compared to Filco models.

Mouse
Razer Abyssus
One of the cheaper Razer mice.

Speakers
Logitech Z313
Cheap and decent set of speakers I've heard.

So yeah that's about it. Final remarks; again I don't plan on doing any hardcore OCing if at all, and I have no plans for an SLI/Crossfire setup so let me know how this build is

Much thanks in advance and sorry for being such a noob
post #2 of 12
I would say get the k version anyway...its marginally more expensive, and good if you change your mind in the future. Overclocking these processors is nothing like overclocking other processors...These new chipsets really only take a couple of button presses, its insanely easy just to get a basic overclock that will definitely benefit you, and you can just leave alone and never touch again past the first 5 minutes.
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung 40" LED TV 6300 1080p Logitech K800 Corsair AX850 
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post #3 of 12
Dont buy the Leadtek 460, get an MSI or Asus. Make sure you get the K model CPU too! Also the 212+ is a great with a couple of nice fans
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I would say get the k version anyway...its marginally more expensive, and good if you change your mind in the future. Overclocking these processors is nothing like overclocking other processors...These new chipsets really only take a couple of button presses, its insanely easy just to get a basic overclock that will definitely benefit you, and you can just leave alone and never touch again past the first 5 minutes.
Ah alright thanks for that. What is your opinion on the rest of the build?
post #5 of 12
your build looks good, hyper 212+ is a great cooler, and will provide great temps.

im looking on newegg for a psu for you, there are quite a few gurus on here that will help.

combo: 700W corsair + MSI HAWK 460 (fermi) 1gb

case: Rosewill Blackbone - very good case with some great features

as for a case, i have used the CM 690 II advanced, but it is 100 dollars, there are several cheaper cases. i would be posting links, but my internet is moving super slow, so i will be posting links in a second. I have used the rosewill blackbone and it was a very easy case to use, is only 50 bucks, and has some nice cable management features.

good luck on the build!

edit: 2600k is also a great cpu. it is in no way overkill for gaming. im pretty sure that the 2500k is still one of the best bang for your buck cpus, but that is after overclocking and such. if you don't plan on doing any overclocking, then just buy the best cpu that you can afford. also the msi 460 i recommended is one of the best ones
Edited by rocker22dallas - 5/10/11 at 6:28pm
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sorry for double post
Edited by rocker22dallas - 5/10/11 at 6:17pm
post #7 of 12
Get the 2600k. The 212 will do fine but also, if you want to OC the chip to high speeds, get a Silver Arrow or the NH-D14.

For the case: HAF 932 maybe?
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post #8 of 12
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Much thanks for your help Will definitely look into that PSU. The case however looks out of my reach as I don't live in the US haha.

Any particular Cooler Master case anyone can recommend? Those seem to be easiest to get around here.

Edit: HAF 932 seems nice but a tad bit expensive. Any cheaper alternative?
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Much thanks for your help Will definitely look into that PSU. The case however looks out of my reach as I don't live in the US haha.

Any particular Cooler Master case anyone can recommend? Those seem to be easiest to get around here.

Edit: HAF 932 seems nice but a tad bit expensive. Any cheaper alternative?

Try the 922 or 912 Advanced.
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post #10 of 12
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Cool I think I've got everything sorted out. A little over budget but it should be alright. Perhaps there are cheaper cases? How are the Elite series from Cooler Master?
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