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post #1 of 10
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I sold my rig last October and bought a Macbook Pro to give OSX a try. I like OSX very much, but the performance is just subpar. I rarely am mobile with it and also have a backup laptop so I figured I might as well sell it and build a rig with the profits.

Basically, I'm thinking my budget is $950 tops, so can someone piece together a rig for me keeping under that number (lower=better)?

Build around this criteria:
  • i5-2500k
  • Asus mobo (I've only gone Asus on my past builds, so I'm fairly biased biggrin.gif)
  • 8GB ram (probably going Corsair, should I get DDR3 1600 or something quicker? Will I notice any difference if I were to go faster?)
  • 64GB Crucial M4 for OS
  • 320-500GB HDD (Looks like WD prices have skyrocketed, try and sell me on another company to fit in budget thumb.gif)
  • A single nVidia GPU (GTX 500 series preferably)
  • Corsair PSU (not sure what wattage would be acceptable with the likes of this build)
  • Leave $100 minimum for a case, browsing atm

I'm undecided as to if I want this build to be ATX or mATX. mATX somewhat intrigues me right now. Also I don't know what cooler I want for the 2500k, I do know that I don't want a 212+. Thinking possibly one of Corsairs HXX 'water' units. Whatever it is, I want it to be QUIET biggrin.gif.

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EDIT: I do not live near a MicroCenter
Edited by meeps - 3/25/12 at 4:36pm
post #2 of 10
Are you planning on SLIing?

motherboard, well, that depends whether or not you want to SLI

for RAM, nah, any faster speeds/lower timings won't really make any difference at all. So Vengenaces are good enough.

All HDD prices have gone up since the flooding last year in Thailand (I'd recommend a Samsung F3 1TB, VERY reliable)

GPU, whichever one you can afford, although at this rate, you can probably grab a 560Ti or maybe even a 570 if it's cheap enough.

PSU: again, SLI or not? Although a 750W will be good enough for a 570 SLI, so... if single card solution, a 550/600W is more than enough. Get something modular like the Corsair HX series or the Seasonic X series gold

CPU cooler: 212+ is the budget best. 24/7 4.5GHz OC and max of 68C on battlefield 3
post #3 of 10
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Naw not planning on SLI, just one GPU. My only objections in regards to the F3 are I don't need 1TB of space (although I know HDD's perform better with larger trays), and I've heard there can be some nightmares with RMAing them (I generally get a bad HDD with my builds, idk why).
post #4 of 10
hard budget

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Inb4 ASRock owned by ASUS
Inb4 Rosewill HIVE actually great PSU, read the most helpful review on newegg by phaedrus
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Originally Posted by S.M. View Post

hard budget
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Inb4 ASRock owned by ASUS
Inb4 Rosewill HIVE actually great PSU, read the most helpful review on newegg by phaedrus

I think I'm going to give ASRock a try, how's their customer support? As much as I love Asus, I've always despised their RMA process and customer support. I want to stick with Corsair for my PSU though because I absolutely love their customer support, they've sent me brand new parts no questions asked.
post #6 of 10
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Sorry for the doublepost, but I have a new thought now. Thinking I might like mATX, and I assume this'll save me some money too. So what's a good mATX board?

Also definitely going with a single GPU solution, probably going to be a GTX 560 Ti. So keep that in mind while picking the mobo, and also throw a modular PSU my way that'll supply sufficient power thumb.gif.
post #7 of 10
Unless you're building an HTPC, get a full ATX board.
post #8 of 10
MATX is only less expensive if you aren't planning on overclocking. Otherwise, to get a good board with appropriate power phases, you are probably spending about $20 more for the same quality of an ATX variant.

To be honest, a lot of the power phases on most budget 1155 boards would make me uncomfortable running 65W TDP processors.
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by meeps View Post

I sold my rig last October and bought a Macbook Pro to give OSX a try. I like OSX very much, but the performance is just subpar. I rarely am mobile with it and also have a backup laptop so I figured I might as well sell it and build a rig with the profits.
Basically, I'm thinking my budget is $950 tops, so can someone piece together a rig for me keeping under that number (lower=better)?
Build around this criteria:
  • i5-2500k
  • Asus mobo (I've only gone Asus on my past builds, so I'm fairly biased biggrin.gif)
  • 8GB ram (probably going Corsair, should I get DDR3 1600 or something quicker? Will I notice any difference if I were to go faster?)
  • 64GB Crucial M4 for OS
  • 320-500GB HDD (Looks like WD prices have skyrocketed, try and sell me on another company to fit in budget thumb.gif)
  • A single nVidia GPU (GTX 500 series preferably)
  • Corsair PSU (not sure what wattage would be acceptable with the likes of this build)
  • Leave $100 minimum for a case, browsing atm
I'm undecided as to if I want this build to be ATX or mATX. mATX somewhat intrigues me right now. Also I don't know what cooler I want for the 2500k, I do know that I don't want a 212+. Thinking possibly one of Corsairs HXX 'water' units. Whatever it is, I want it to be QUIET biggrin.gif.
Thxu thumb.gif
EDIT: I do not live near a MicroCenter

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.95 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ Adorama)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores 1.25GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $948.72 Shipped and $913.72 after MIR
Asrock is a part of Asus so i guess u might not have problem with it redface.gif secondly getting a good Asus board in there is a little challenging
here is my try though i when low on the cooler i hope thats fine with you redface.gif
Part list permalink

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($55.93 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.95 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ Adorama)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores 1.25GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $959.79
now you have both the choices too asrock is a ATX and Asus is a mATX choice is yours now buddy redface.gif

Hope you like it thumb.gif
Edited by Tarun - 3/26/12 at 2:12am
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for those! I actually put this thought on the back-burner, but those are two solid builds I'd seriously consider putting together. Time will tell if I decide to jump the gun and sell the MBP. I do know once I finish up my bachelors and land a job with feasible income, I WILL be building a nice rig thumb.gif.
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