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Well, with tax time coming up I figured it was time to update my now 3 year old AMD Rig and go to a I-5 for some OC fun.

I can sell my current set up for 500 bucks to a friend so thats done, figure I'd separate another 500ish on top of that and have a grand to put together a nice little system.

I do some gaming but want to be able to play any thing I want if the need ever came up but this would mostly be used for photo editing.

I do want to get into overclocking so I was looking at unlocked I5's and 7's, but since I needed a full rig build for ~1,000, I5 seemed to be the way to go. This will be my first from scratch build so please toss me any advice you may have.

Here is what I have so far:

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro - 180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131621

Intel Core i5-655K Clarkdale 3.2GHz - 200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116369

to cool it
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm - 65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118046

CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 x2 - 90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233132

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R - 20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - 55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136497

SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W - 190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...1000-P%201000W

EVGA 01G-P3-1467-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB - 200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130557

Athena Power Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower - 160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129043


Now, this being my first build I did a lot of research on certain things, not so much on others. The Mobo/CPU combo seemed to be the best bang for the buck from what I have read. The GFX card I am a little out of the loop on as I quit gaming seriously a little over a year ago and my 9800gtx seemed to take everything I did back then just fine. The power supply is another thing I have little knowledge on. I remember blowing my 500W in my current rig and having to go 750 after getting my 9800, but I was not sure how much I would need with this new set up.

Also, since I do want to get in to overclocking I figured I would snag a upgraded cooler for the CPU but I am not sure if I am under/over killing it. I do not want to go liquid cooling as I never plan on pushing the CPU too high (4ish ghz) since I will be using this thing daily.

Any and all feedback is welcome as well as some slaps across the face for possibly dumb choices on parts.

Thanks in advance!


EDIT:
After snooping some more, would this mobo/chip combo be way better for the ~20 buck price difference?

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

ASUS P8P67 PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131682
Edited by 1nst1nct1ve - 1/10/11 at 7:53am
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Are you trying to power around 10 of those machines with one of those PSUs?

Also with a $1,000 budget, why not consider a Sandy chip? You could probably squeeze one in.

Consider the Hyper 212+ instead of that crappy CPU cooler.

Consider the (newer) GTX 560 instead of the 465.

Consider a F3 or Caviar Black instead of that Green thing.

Consider better memory than that. That's a lower frequency AND it has crappy (9CL) timings. If you want to stick with cheaper 9CL modules, then at least get 1600MHz. It'll give you a little more room with the OC.

Consider any other case but that one. (More of a personal preference...)
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Updated with suggestions.
What all am I missing there? Power supply and any thing else?

As for the GFX card, youre looking at 100 bucks more to go to the one youre saying, with this build, adding a power supply im pushing 1100-1200, thats 200 more than intended, besides this is supposed to be a good starter. I can always upgrade the gfx card as I go.
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Quote:
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Updated with suggestions.
What all am I missing there? Power supply and any thing else?

As for the GFX card, youre looking at 100 bucks more to go to the one youre saying, with this build, adding a power supply im pushing 1100-1200, thats 200 more than intended, besides this is supposed to be a good starter. I can always upgrade the gfx card as I go.
Unfortunately I cannot see your refinements. My workplace's proxy blocks imageshack.
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Unfortunately I cannot see your refinements. My workplace's proxy blocks imageshack.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD500
Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2x2)
Cooler Master Hyper 212+

Only 3 changes, sitting at 984 Bucks + Shipping right now.
Still need a Power Supply and I believe thats it.
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I would get a faster hard drive and go with the sandy bridge i5-2500K and Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard you have at the bottom of your post. the WD Caviar Black 640GB 6GB/s drive is only like $65 at newegg. It will be much faster then the drive you have listed. Also, you probably don't need a 1000W power supply. you would probably be fine with a 650W or 750W if you wanted. That probably would still be more then you need.

EDIT: sorry, i didin't see your updates. I would still take a look at sandy bridge if I were you. I don't think it will really change your budget much.
    
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Look at the GTX 460, they are better than the 465's and I think they are cheaper. Get the 1gb model though not the 768mb. Power supply is overkill, all you need is a good quality 80-85+ 500w for what you are looking at.

As Plex said, you should have a look at the sandybridge I5's that have just been released, apparently not much of a price difference but performance is much better.
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I did change the Mobo and CPU to Sandy Bridge 2500k and to the Asus Pro.
As for GFX and Power Supply, any links for the made suggestions?
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The P67+i5-2500K should do you quite well. I don't recommend going with the GTX 465 (at least not for $200). The GTX 460 1GB, HD 6850 or HD 6870 would perform around the same but with much lower power consumption and noise levels. If you can wait, the GTX 560 is expected to retail for $200~250.

PSU, if you want SLI/CF down the road, I recommend a good quality 650~750W. The Corsair HX series are pretty good. If you don't need modular, Corsair TX is also decent.
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Updated Video Card and Power Supply per suggestions:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$19.99

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$159.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$59.99

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$189.99

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$139.99

Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 Desktop Memory Model KHX2133C9AD3T1K2/4GX
$104.99

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
$189.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$224.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
$29.99

Subtotal: $1,089.91
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