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post #21 of 23
I'm going to cast another vote for getting the 2500k over the 2600k, the 2600k will have almost no benefit for gaming now or probably for the next few years. Proof This review shows a gain of 2-6 FPS in most games for the 2600k, which is almost negligible, especially for the extra cost.

My suggestion would be to take the $100 you save on the processor and get a GTX 570 over a 560 Ti, the extra graphics power will enhance your experience much more than than the higher end CPU.

As for the motherboard, either an ASUS P8P67 Pro or Gigabyte P67A-UD4 are my recommendations, both are great boards and will serve you well.

For an aftermarket cooler, the CM 212+ has a great price/performance ratio and has proven itself over and over again.

Cases are mostly personal preference so I won't suggest one, find a few you like the aesthetics of and read some reviews on Newegg or anywhere else to see which are the best designed and easy to work with.

@Nobody In Particular: I'm basing my recommendations here on giving you a decent upgrade path and the ability to OC in the future if you choose to (I highly suggest you do once you are comfortable with your system, it's fun!). Both motherboards I suggested will (very) easily allow you to get your CPU to 4.5GHz with the 212+ cooler. They also both support SLI which means you can add another GTX 560 Ti/570 (whichever you choose) in the future to boost your graphics performance up nicely, especially when the prices on those GPUs drop.

EDIT: As for your PSU, I would say get something made by Antec or Corsair (I'm totally biased towards Corsair) and make sure it's at least 80+ silver certified, gold certified is even better. 650-750W will be plenty of power for your system if you're using an efficient PSU and will give you room to SLI in the future.
Edited by Degausser - 5/26/11 at 12:15am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.54Ghz Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB 2x4GB G. Skill Ripjaws X 1333Mhz CL7 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
Crucial C300 128GB & Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Home 64 bit Logitech G15 Corsair HX620 
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Antec 900 Logitech G5 
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i5 2500k @ 4.54Ghz Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB 2x4GB G. Skill Ripjaws X 1333Mhz CL7 
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Crucial C300 128GB & Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Home 64 bit Logitech G15 Corsair HX620 
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post #22 of 23
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I downgraded the motherboard, switched out the case, RAM and hard drive. I kept the i7 2600k because I want to overclock down the road and I mess around with Adobe CS5. I also use Handbrake a lot (I think these apps will benefit from the i7 2600 right?)

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh
$99.98

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$64.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
$109.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
$94.99

ASUS P8P67 EVO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$194.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155
$314.99

Right now I'm sitting at $932, w/o a GPU. I think I might go with the GTX 570 but might end up with the 560.
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DONT KNOW IF I NEED THESE:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Also will I need to buy any cables. I will be using my old optical drives, monitor, keyboard ect..
post #23 of 23
CS5 will but I doubt what you'll be doing will actually use that much of it...

750w is too much juice tbh. You could run that on the TX650v2 without issue

If you're overclocking, yes you need the CM212, i'd probably go with the IC diamond for thermal paste..

Rest of it looks awesome

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