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Hi everyone,

I’m about to spend up to $1,400 on a custom built computer. I have never built a computer before and know very little about computers in general, but I plan to buy all the parts and pay someone to put them all together.

After doing some research, here is the build I have decided on:

CPU: i5 2500k
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
GPU: Radeon HD 6850
Monitor: 1920x1080 aspect
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Cooling System: ThermalTake Silver Arrow
PSU: Corsair HX850

I would really appreciate your opinions on my selection, especially if you see a way to improve it or if I’ve missed an important component.

Thanks!
James
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nice build. i would probably go with a different hard drive though. your motherboard supports sata 3 (6gb/s) so why not take advantage of it? consider adding in a solid state drive as well
    
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If you are getting that for gaming personally I would recommend, dropping the silver arrow, and using the money to get a 6950. That would increase your gaming performance by quiet a bit.

You could also go AMD, and then get a 6970, as you don't need more CPU power for gaming, but I don't recommend that as even though you don't need more than a phenom in games, the i5 is really a whole lot better. I just mention it because it is an option.

You could also drop the ram down to 4-6, and see if that plus the silver arrow allows for you to get a 6970 with the i5.

Other than that everything looks fine.


Now all this is assuming you are getting it for gaming, if you are getting it for encoding/video editing or other features like that. That then your current setup is fine. Although You still might want to consider a 6950 even for that, because the use of Hardware Acceleration is becoming far more common, and oddly enough a GPU is actually better for Computing in programs that support it.
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I'd hold on to the 2500k set up. Now I would drop the Silver arrow to perhaps just a plain old hyper 212+. Cuts the price in half and still nets a nice overclock. Put the extra cash into a better gpu. Maybe up to a 6950
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Originally Posted by trentonv17 View Post
nice build. i would probably go with a different hard drive though. your motherboard supports sata 3 (6gb/s) so why not take advantage of it? consider adding in a solid state drive as well
HDD are hardly able to saturate sataII, I doubt there would be any benefit to going a sataIII hdd...

SSD's are when sataIII is utilized.
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@ OP...

Firstly, what will you be using this comp for, games? Encoding? Surfing for pr0?

If the answer is gaming, the I would definately invest more funds into your graphics gard, as you CPU will have no chance at bottlenecking it.
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Here's my .2 cents;

1. Downgrade the Silver Arrow and grab a Cooler Master 212+ instead, that should serve you enough to hit +4.5Ghz.

2. Downgrade to 4GB G-Skill Ripjaws X 1600Mhz CL7 instead, there's no way you'll need more than 4GB for gaming in today's games.

3. Make sure that motherboard you listed is the B3 revision.

4. I'd use the money we saved from the Cooler and the RAM to buy a better graphic card instead, a Sapphire HD6950 2GB or an HD6970 2GB.

If Gaming is what you're going to do, that will be a way better computer for gaming.
    
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Hi everyone, thanks for your replies

Seeing everyone's recommendations, I will definitely upgrade to a 6950 and maybe even a 6970 & also drop the silver arrow for the 212+

I should mention the I plan to use this computer as general purpose: gaming, work (photoshop, some video editing) and entertainment (HD movies).

I have a few questions:

1) In regards to RAM, is the any benefit at all for going with 8gb?

2) Also, can somebody explain to me the whole HDD, SSD's sataIII thing?

Thanks
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a standard HDD is bottlenecked by it's physical read speeds which means that even though sata can transfer and 6gb/s the drive would only do that if everything you needed was in the cache but even then what would be in the cache is transferring so fast you won't even notice. A SSD has nothing moving in it so it can read much faster and actually use the full speed of sata, however they are still crazy expensive.
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