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post #1 of 20
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Hey,

This will be my first built. My old computer is getting slow, lol, so I'm building a new one. My main reason for upgrading is photos processing using RawTherapee.

Here's what I have selected so far :

CPU : i5 -2500k (224.99) Bestbuy
MoBo : Asus P8Z68-V LX - (119.99) CompCan
Ram : Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 4x4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 - (89.99) CompCan
DVD : Anything around 20$
HSF : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO R2 - (29.99) CompCan
CASE : Rosewill Blackbone Black (39.99) Newegg
PSU : Rosewill Green Series 530W, 80 PLUS Certified (54.99) Newegg - It follows the FAQ so it should be OK.
OS : Windows 7 Pro (139.99) Tigerdirect - Not sure if home wouldn't be enough.
GPU : Radeon HD 6450 (50$)

HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s (89.99) Newegg
Or
HDD : SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" (189.99) Newegg

Any suggestion will be considered. Fonds are limited, so I might get the WD HDD instead of the Sandisk. I'm not sure what GPU to get since I won't be doing any heavy gaming with this rig. I liked the Kingston Hyper X Genesis Ram (89.99) CompCan as well, but I found more recommendations for the Corsair.

Also, how high could I OC the i5 without compromising it's longevity?

Any comments are welcomed.

Thanks for any reply
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post #2 of 20
on a budget it looks fine to me, you should be able to hit around 4.5ghz with the cooler you chose maybe more depends on the average temps you get where you live, but case wise I would chose something a little bit better with more cable management options as the cables hanging around the case can reduce airflow.
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Would this be better ? Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan (54.99) [URL=http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153]Newegg[/URL]
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post #4 of 20
If you're going to be using mutlithreaded software, then the 2600k might be a better option, also the Asus motherboard is an 'okay' board, I believe it has a 4+2 Phase Power Design and should be capable of a 4.5ghz overclock maybe even more (only if the CPU has the capability). I would personally look into a motherboard with a much more 'beefier' VRM design. The Asus P8Z68 V and V PRO are quite solid, boasting a 12+4 VRM design and should be capable of 5ghz+ without any issues.

Apart from that, everything else looks fine to me smile.gif
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post #5 of 20
If you have a Microcenter near you they have a way better deal on the 2500k ($180) and a P8Z68-V/Gen3 ($130 after $50 combo deal) which would actually save you a little money. The Hyper 212 cooler you're looking at is a great aftermarket and you'll really be able to OC the 2500k very well. I'd recommend the HAF cases over the Rosewell ones, different construction to them, but personal preference too. Everything else looks fine though good luck with your build.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by munaim1 View Post

If you're going to be using mutlithreaded software, then the 2600k might be a better option, also the Asus motherboard is an 'okay' board, I believe it has a 4+2 Phase Power Design and should be capable of a 4.5ghz overclock maybe even more (only if the CPU has the capability). I would personally look into a motherboard with a much more 'beefier' VRM design. The Asus P8Z68 V and V PRO are quite solid, boasting a 12+4 VRM design and should be capable of 5ghz+ without any issues.
Apart from that, everything else looks fine to me smile.gif

thats true about the mobo but i dont see him overclocking to those speeds with the 212 evo you need something with abit more ooomf to push those temps down (had a hyper212 on my old 2600k) other then the issue brought up im convicned it will still be a nice build
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post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by FromAthlonToi5 View Post

OS : Windows 7 Pro (139.99) Tigerdirect - Not sure if home wouldn't be enough.

If you'll ever be wanting more than 16GB of RAM in that system, go with Pro.
Not sure what else you'd rightfully be missing out on with Home Premium.

On the i5's longevity, it's more about how high you push the Vcore.
I, and many others, would not recommend you exceed 1.40-1.45v.

On a day-to-day OC, I would recommend keeping it more around 1.3v.
That should provide about the least possible degradation,
while most usually can get ~4.5Ghz stable by there.
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post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your help.

I'm in near Ottawa, Canada, so the price are a little higher here. As for the software, I wasn't able to see get information on hardware usage.
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You can spend the same amount of money on a hardrive, and get more for your money if you go with this. Samsung
Spinpoint F3 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_sp=Cat_Hard_Drives-_-Spotlight-_-22-152-181
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post #10 of 20
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The other HDD is SATA 6.0Gb/s, Does it make a difference? File read and write time are important when processing photos.
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