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i5-2500k Build advice :: $800 Budget

post #1 of 30
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Well, like you can assume by the title I'm looking for a $800 Build That has a i5-2500k Processor.

I do not need an OS, or peripherals. As for part preferences I'm partial to Nvidia, and any motherboard with black/blue or black/gray colors. (new gigabyte boards, etc.) The case I WILL be buying is the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer. I know it isn't the best case in terms of value here, but its what I want. I am willing to up the Budget to $825 If that is required for the case. As you can tell, I really want this case.

I really don't have any intentions to overclock as this will be my first custom build, but I think spending the money on the 2500k will really help with resale value versus a 2400 or 2500.

The Games I plan on playing are:
  • Need For Speed Series
  • Just Cause 2
  • Minecraft, Haha
  • Crysis Series Games
  • FSX- Rarely
  • GRID
  • Dirt Series
  • Possibly the COD series (Doubt it)
  • BF3
Those games will be played at 1080p, maybe 1680x1050.

I will be adding to this build over time, mainly things in terms of aesthetics. If I plan on overclocking, I will buy a Hyper 212 Plus HSF.

I have been toying around with a parts list for a while now... here is what I currently have. Click Here.
I almost Doubt this is possible though, I always end up with a $900 build.

Thank you in advance, AbstractHero
post #2 of 30
get the XXX edition of the XFX 650w PSU..its semi modular, and will save you the headache of tucking all the unnecessary wiring.

also there are a bunch of awesome open box deals at the moment...really huge savings can be found there.
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The XFX PSU I have in there IS semi-modular... What should I chose for a video card and motherboard?

Also, I've always been curious about open box products... Can you RMA them? Are they any different than a regular retail box product, except for you aren't guaranteed accessories like a retail product?
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As JumboShrimp suggests, open box deals. A build so high end on such a tight budget SCREAMS open box/combo sniping.
 
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post #5 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by AbstractHero View Post
The XFX PSU I have in there IS semi-modular... What should I chose for a video card and motherboard?

Also, I've always been curious about open box products... Can you RMA them? Are they any different than a regular retail box product, except for you aren't guaranteed accessories like a retail product?
Limited warranty, expect only the core product, but you may luck out and get accessories etc.
 
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Tray-load DVD Factory Windows 7 Pro 1080P "Ultrasharp" panel 
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post #6 of 30
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Limited warranty, expect only the core product, but you may luck out and get accessories etc.
How limited in Terms of warranty? (as in what it covers and how long it lasts)
post #7 of 30
Hardly impossible. Just gotta shop right. This build is $50 cheaper than the build you posted in the OP and has an extra HDD, more RAM, and a DVD drive:
Core i5-2500K/Z68/8GB/1TB FUTURE SuperCombo

GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II

Main HDD: Samsung F3 1TB

$875
Edited by Tig Ol Bitties - 6/7/11 at 4:42pm
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post #8 of 30
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That build is $75 more expensive.. not cheaper. I don't need a motherboard that supports CFX/SLI either.
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Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119215
GPU: I know you said you are partial to nVidia but I think this works well too http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161349
Edited by Nethermir - 6/7/11 at 4:36pm
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post #10 of 30
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I know that the 690 II is a better case for the money. But the storm enforcer is the case I want and the case I'm buying. Which is why I'm willing to spend up to $825 on the build...

I don't mean to be an ass, but read the damn text.

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The case I WILL be buying is the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer. I know it isn't the best case in terms of value here, but its what I want. I am willing to up the Budget to $825 If that is required for the case. As you can tell, I really want this case.
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