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Ok so this is my first time building a computer and will be my first time overclocking anything, but I plan on diving in head first after hearing all the good things about the i5 2500k.

So I have the cpu and was planning on using my old hard drives, optical drives, and even case if possible. How do I know if these things will be compatible? If they end up not being compatible with my new stuff it's not a problem either, but for now i would like to concentrate on the things I know I need.

What I would like help with is finding a Motherboard, PSU, RAM and GPU that would give me the best bang for my buck for as close to $400 (and preferably under) as I can get. I could go a little over though if it's worth the extra cash. I'm not afraid of open boxed items or anything like that either.

I'll be doing a little bit of everything on this system. Gaming, 3d modeling, video editing, etc. and I defintly plan on overclocking everything I can. After much research I have decided I need a P67 mobo. Other than that I'm kind of clueless on all other pieces to the puzzle.

If someone could take a crack at it or atleast point me in the right dirrection that would be extremely helpful. Thanks.
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post #2 of 12
You might want to post the current components that you have (aka your current rig) so that we can help you out on what you can use in your next rig. Also, do you already have the 2500k? If not, $400 for all those pieces is going to be next to impossible as a 2500k alone is $200+, factor in $50 - 75 for a decent PSU, $40 for memory, $120 for a motherboard and you're already at your limit without factoring in a GPU.
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I have a Asus P8P67 mobo i'm trying to get rid of. It's an 1155 board for the i5 2500k.
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post #4 of 12
Its going to be really hard to stay under 400 for all four items.

CPU = 215, You only have 185 left, mobo = 100. you are now down to 85 to get psu and video card, that is saying that you buy a cheap mobo. You are looking around 50 to 75 for a good PSU so you have nothing left for a video card and ram.

I would save a little more money. If you get a z board that has on board graphics you could wait out getting a video card till you save some more money. This would be my suggestion.
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A lot of the newer mobos don't have IDE so if you don't have SATA drives, you'll need to remember this.
     
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depending on what is your definition of gaming, light gaming can require cheaper cards. ram kits are cheap now 40 for 8gb if you wait for deals/rebates. don't cheap out on psu get a quality corsair for around 50 or so. You should be golden
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post #8 of 12
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I just went to microcenter yesterday and picked up my i5 2500k for about $180 and the guy made me an offer i couldn't refuse for a MSI P67A-GD55 mother board for $100. Was that a good purchase? I also found 4 GB of RAM for $20.

Now I just want to know a good PSU and GPU and anything else I will need to overclock this sucker. My goal is $600 for the entire system, but I'll inevitably be goin over, so I got about $400 left to spend, but if I can do it cheaper I will.

The stuff I plan on reusing is:

-2x Hard Drive,320G,S2,7.2K,16M Lead Free,WD-RAD

-Assembly,Dvd+/-rw,16,Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Serial Ata,Black

-Assembly,Compact Disk Read Write/digital Video Disk DriveCombo,48,Sony,Serial Ata,Black

-Card,Multi-media,Audio,SB0467

All of which came in my Dell XPS 410 case i got in 2006 which i plan on trying to reuse. I also have an old Geforce 8600 GTS that I can use for now if I have too. Is all of this doable? Is, "if it fits together it's compatible" a good rule to follow or is there more to it?

I do plan on doing some serious gaming and I'm liking that Radeon HD 6850. I've also been looking at the MSI Geforce GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-pla-_-NA-_-NA for a little bit more money because I heard good things about its overclocking capabilities. Is it worth $20-$30 more? That seems to be my price range for GPUs; $150-$200.

As far as PSU is concerned, if what I've been reading is true I think I should get a pretty beefy one. At least 650W, probably more and I hear bad stories about trying to get cheap ones and overclocking, so I'd rather spend now then later if you know what I mean.

Any more suggestions? Cheaper is better, but "bang for the buck" trumps all.
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Originally Posted by Joeshcosmo View Post
I just went to microcenter yesterday and picked up my i5 2500k for about $180 and the guy made me an offer i couldn't refuse for a MSI P67A-GD55 mother board for $100. Was that a good purchase? I also found 4 GB of RAM for $20.

Now I just want to know a good PSU and GPU and anything else I will need to overclock this sucker. My goal is $600 for the entire system, but I'll inevitably be goin over, so I got about $400 left to spend, but if I can do it cheaper I will.

The stuff I plan on reusing is:

-2x Hard Drive,320G,S2,7.2K,16M Lead Free,WD-RAD

-Assembly,Dvd+/-rw,16,Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Serial Ata,Black

-Assembly,Compact Disk Read Write/digital Video Disk DriveCombo,48,Sony,Serial Ata,Black

-Card,Multi-media,Audio,SB0467

All of which came in my Dell XPS 410 case i got in 2006 which i plan on trying to reuse. I also have an old Geforce 8600 GTS that I can use for now if I have too. Is all of this doable? Is, "if it fits together it's compatible" a good rule to follow or is there more to it?

I do plan on doing some serious gaming and I'm liking that Radeon HD 6850. I've also been looking at the MSI Geforce GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-pla-_-NA-_-NA for a little bit more money because I heard good things about its overclocking capabilities. Is it worth $20-$30 more? That seems to be my price range for GPUs; $150-$200.

As far as PSU is concerned, if what I've been reading is true I think I should get a pretty beefy one. At least 650W, probably more and I hear bad stories about trying to get cheap ones and overclocking, so I'd rather spend now then later if you know what I mean.

Any more suggestions? Cheaper is better, but "bang for the buck" trumps all.
Uh...Dell XPS 410 case? You're going to have a hard time fitting a standard ATX motherboard in that case, which I believe uses a BTX standard and other proprietary features. There are no retail third party boards that will fit in there AFAIK...Dell has been doing things like this for years now. You might just have to get a new case too or do some savvy modification to the case.Something to think about and look into.....

Between those two cards, the GTX 560 is the better one and is worth the extra. Alternative is the Radeon 6870. Both cards trade blows depending on game.

For a single card setup (with no intentions of SLI/Crossfire), a quality 500-620W unit will be plenty. Dual cards will warrant something in the 650-850W range depending on cards.
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post #10 of 12
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Could someone recommend a good case as well then or what I should look for in a case?
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i5 2500k 3.30 GHz MSI P67A-GD55 XFX Radeon HD 6850 2x4GB Patriot Memory G2 1600 MHz pc3-12800 1.65v 
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