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Can someone help? First Intel build.

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I'm trying to build my first Intel build with a budget of $900USD.

Unfortunately I keep second guessing myself and end up starting from scratch, I looked online and made some comparisons between the i5-2500k and the i7, and with plans of overclocking I decided I'd rather go with an i5 since I won't be using any applications that will require more than 4 cores, or hyper-threading. If anyone has better suggestions that are in my budget that'd be nice too.


So far this is what I've come up with:

CPU: i5-2500k Sandy Bridge
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Plus
MOBO: ASRock P67 EXTREME4
GPU: 2 GB EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB @1600
PSU: Corsair Builder Series 600W
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB
HDD: (None, I have a few already)
Optical: Lite-On DVD Burner


It's probably not the best, I haven't done a build in a long time. So if anyone has anything they think would be better/cheaper I'd appreciate it a lot for some input. Is there any other options that would be cheaper and or more beneficial for gaming?
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Actually, the build looks quite nice as it is. I'd suggest a 7950 though if you have the room.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

Have you a Micro Center nearby?

Also, can you handle a wait? Black Friday is right around the corner.

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AMD Phenom II X6 1100T ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 DiRT 3 Edition Corsair 16GB Vengeance Blue @ 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD LITE-ON iHAS 424-98 Corsair H80 + 2X Corsair 120MM Fans 
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Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Samsung S27A350H 27" LED Backlit HDMI Monitor Cherry G80-3800 Cherry MX Blue Corsair 850W Professional Series Gold 
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give me some time and i can do a setup. Intel $900 Build (Click to show)
Edited by thepoopscooper - 11/4/12 at 8:28am
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Change the i5 2500k for the i5 3570k. Only $10 more. z77 Extreme 4 motherboard. Same price.

For GPU, you can either stick with the 560ti, or upgrade to the 660TI for either $20 more (MSI) or for the same price with the gigabyte ( with rebates)
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Originally Posted by thepoopscooper View Post

give me some time and i can do a setup.

Okay.

If you can fit a keyboard/mouse (doesn't matter what kind, cheap) that'd be nice.

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Originally Posted by funfortehfun View Post

Actually, the build looks quite nice as it is. I'd suggest a 7950 though if you have the room.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
Have you a Micro Center nearby?
Also, can you handle a wait? Black Friday is right around the corner.

There are no Micro Centers nearby unfortunately.

I wouldn't mind waiting a few weeks, especially for deals.

I'm looking at the 7950 currently, pricing everything out.
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Change the i5 2500k for the i5 3570k. Only $10 more. z77 Extreme 4 motherboard. Same price.

For GPU, you can either stick with the 560ti, or upgrade to the 660TI for either $20 more (MSI) or for the same price with the gigabyte ( with rebates)

No. The 2500k beats the 3570k when OC'd. Change the GPU to a 7950. + too save some money get a ASRock Extreme3.
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No. The 2500k beats the 3570k when OC'd. Change the GPU to a 7950. + too save some money get a ASRock Extreme3.
proof?
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No. The 2500k beats the 3570k when OC'd. Change the GPU to a 7950. + too save some money get a ASRock Extreme3.
It's well known that SB beats IB in terms of OC, however the difference is so marginal it's a pretty null point. IB over SB is so much greater, PCIe 3.0 support, better and lower power consumption etc. It makes obvious sense to go with IB over SB.
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