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go for the 2500k
How come?
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because the 2500k is overclockable and only a tad bit more expensive

plus you will always be able to sell it on at a good price
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You wont need such a large power supply! Save yourself some money . A 500w is plenty for that system, and a 650 will be good for Crossfire 5850.s

You wll be able to slightly overclock, your I5 2400. Its a locked cpu, so you will be limited as to how high you can go.

You need to buy what suites your needs, if you plan on little to no overclocking then dont buy a K series. if you dont by a k series , you should probably buy h67 board.
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You wont need such a large power supply! Save yourself some money . A 500w is plenty for that system, and a 650 will be good for Crossfire 5850.s

You wll be able to slightly overclock, your I5 2400. Its a locked cpu, so you will be limited as to how high you can go.

You need to buy what suites your needs, if you plan on little to no overclocking then dont buy a K series. if you dont by a k series , you should probably buy h67 board.
I was thinking the same thing. WHat are you planning on doing with it that you need a 1000W PSU? I'm on a similarish build and I'm going to use a Cosair GS600. 600W should be more than enough for me.

BTW I think 140 pounds for a i5-2400 is expensive. I like across the pond and the 2400 is 149 euros here and the 2500k is 169 euros. The ASRock Pro3 (B3) board is fine unless you want to put in two GFX cards in SLI/Crossfire. The jump to an extreme 4 is about 30 euros more.
 
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post #15 of 31
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I agree that I don't need a 1000W PSU but it's actually the one component I already have from an old build and I don't think selling it with second hand prices would be able to raise enough funds for a smaller PSU + profit.

I don't intend on using two graphics cards. I like the look of the Z68's because of their upgradability for future components but also I like the look of USB3.0 (am I paying rather a lot for a rather little feature/upgrade do you think?)

I can't seem to find the i5-2400 any cheaper than £140 tbh... but if you can figure out a way to save a bit of money elsewhere then I could maybe go for the 2500K if its better 'value for money' even though I don't really think I'd be using its OC'ing abilities.
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I agree that I don't need a 1000W PSU but it's actually the one component I already have from an old build and I don't think selling it with second hand prices would be able to raise enough funds for a smaller PSU + profit.

I don't intend on using two graphics cards. I like the look of the Z68's because of their upgradability for future components but also I like the look of USB3.0 (am I paying rather a lot for a rather little feature/upgrade do you think?)

I can't seem to find the i5-2400 any cheaper than £140 tbh... but if you can figure out a way to save a bit of money elsewhere then I could maybe go for the 2500K if its better 'value for money' even though I don't really think I'd be using its OC'ing abilities.
Budget cuts:
Do you already have the 2x 500 gig hdds? If you aren't raiding a 1tb will more than likely be cheaper.
What website are you ordering from? I am pretty sure you can get cheaper ram than that.


Other thoughs:
To save some $ go with p67 instead of z68, the only difference for you is that you won't be able to use the integrated graphics... which I doubt you would want to use anyways.
I would highly suggest to not eat anything for 2-3 days so you have enough money for the 2500k, so you don't have buyers remorse or anything a few weeks down the road.
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post #17 of 31
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I'll probably just get the 1x500GB HDD for now. I don't need more space than that (yet). I may do a few months down the line, but I could just buy another HDD if that time arises. (I wasn't planning on raiding them. They're automatically backed up onto a NAS)

I'm happy to order from scan, ebuyer, dabs, aria or overclockers. I thought I'd found the cheapest RAM available at the specifications I needed- do you know of cheaper? I like reliable products so I'm always happy to pay that extra couple of pounds for a good brand-name where necessary.

Do you not think the USB3.0 advantage of a Z68 is worth its extra cost?
I don't intend on using the integrated graphics no.
I figured that if I'm going to be spending more on something it should be the motherboard because then if I want to upgrade anything in the future, the motherboard would be compatible for doing so. Don't you think?
post #18 of 31
P67 have USB3.0 ports as well. I believe the ASRock Pro3 has 2 ports on the mobo. The extreme 4 even has 4 and comes with a 3,5 inch front external bay with 2 USB3.0 ports. Which can be connected on the mobo. So if that is your only concern.
 
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post #19 of 31
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I was also thinking about SSD caching and SATAIII (P67 doesn't have SATAIII right?) but realistically I don't think I'll be getting SATAIII and my SSD is for booting for caching really so if there is a significant price advantage then a P67 with USB3.0 would probably be sensible. What do you mean a 3.5" external bay sorry? I don't understand how a mobo can have a bay? I thought that's more of a case thing... sorry being a noob here!
post #20 of 31
The P67 also supports SATA3 ports. The lower end ASRock Pro3 has 2 USB3.0 ports and 2 SATA3 connection on top of 4 SATA2 connections.

You get a 3,5 inch USB3.0 bay with the package that is the ASRock extreme 4. It goes with a cable to your mobo. That way you have 2 USB3.0 at the back (on the mobo) and 2 more on the front of your PC (connected to the mobo with a cable). Check the ASRock website for pictures or even better the ASRock thread in this section. With certain MSI boards you get an additional double USB3.0 bracket for the back of your PC so you have 4 USB3.0 ports there. And even if that isn't enough you can buy a cheap USB3.0 bracket with a PCI connection. So USB3.0 shouldn't be your biggest problem.
 
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