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I am looking for a light gaming build around the intel 2500k. Can anyone give me suggestions of what mobo/ram/powersupply/graphics card to purchase. thank you =)
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Are those the only parts you need? Does your $900 budget include the 2500K?
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thats basically everything. yeah the 2500k is included in the $900. so around $700 to play with give or take
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well that is a lot for a light gaming build.

I like getting deals so my recommendations will be geared towards saving money.


Ram doesn't make a big difference so I would get some DDR3 1600 that is 1.5V. I like G.Skill and you can probably find a 8GB set for $40 or so when on sale. $50 tops.

Powersupply. Antec Neo Eco go on sale a lot. You can probably find the 520 or 620W models for $30~40 when on sale. I see a Corsair TX650 for $85AR on newegg right now. You could use one with a lower power rating but the TX550 actually costs more right now. Powersupplies are on thing you can save a decent amount on when you buy them on sale. You ever visit slickdeals at all?


For a graphics card I suggest to go with a mid-range card. They are best bang for the buck. Right now Nvidia cards aren't on sale much but 6850/70 cards from AMD are. You can find them around $150~170 or so (maybe with rebate) and between $100~150 when on sale. Those would be fine even with a 1920x1080 monitor. With the more demanding games you would not want to use AA and maybe even lower some settings to get good FPS. It should run almost every other game (note that the PC catalog is huge) at max.


Tons of motherboards to pick from. Maybe someone else can help you there. I bought a cheap one and it works fine (no SLi though). Seems to me that forum recommendations for motherboards usually are for expensive ones. Maybe list what requirements you have for a motherboard (if any, if none I would buy locally in case there is a problem and get something basic).
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I am looking for a light gaming build around the intel 2500k. Can anyone give me suggestions of what mobo/ram/powersupply/graphics card to purchase. thank you =)
is microcenter or frys local?
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ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 $180
ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB $320
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W $55
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $50

Total $605.

That's probably what I woudl go for, however if you do plan on doing SLI you would need atleast a 750w PSU, furthermore that GPU is a 3 slot beast and the Twin Frozr III for $50 more might be better option, either way you get a free Batman game with it

EDIT:

What about for cooling?
Edited by munaim1 - 10/11/11 at 6:31pm
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ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 $180
ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB $320
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W $55
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $50

Total $605.

That's probably what I woudl go for, however if you do plan on doing SLI you would need atleast a 750w PSU, furthermore that GPU is a 3 slot beast and the Twin Frozr III for $50 more might be better option, either way you get a free Batman game with it

EDIT:

What about for cooling?
i like it, might consider:
Gigabyte Z68 UD3 fort a bit of savings
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i like it, might consider:
Gigabyte Z68 UD3 fort a bit of savings
Less VRM phases compared to the UD4 and the Asrock, atm im not really liking gigabyte, have had bad experiences with them so far.

I would highly recommend the asrock or the Asus P8Z68 V. Either one will ve a great choice.
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by munaim1 View Post
Less VRM phases compared to the UD4 and the Asrock, atm im not really liking gigabyte, have had bad experiences with them so far.

I would highly recommend the asrock or the Asus P8Z68 V. Either one will ve a great choice.


I also noticed that you suggest a GTX 570. Did you see where he posted "light gaming" build in the 1st post? I know he said he has $900 to spend but I'm not sure if that means he wants to spend all of it (if given choices that are adequate for his wants).
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Just a heads up, you should look into getting the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271 for the motherboard. I just installed mine yesterday with the 2500k and it has been stellar so far. BIOS was just recently updated and most of the bugs have been ironed out. Great for overclocking and A LOT of features for $125.
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