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Projected Build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge $225

GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5850

Motherboard:

Power Supply: 650w+ Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371015 $75

RAM: 1333 (2 x 4g)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-315-_-Product $75-95

Cooling: $75

Storage: Primary: 128gig+ SATA II SSD Secondary: 500gig (I dont need much space) $250 for both



Case: New Case where it fits: $70-100

CD/DVD: Currently using a USB DVD drive >.> I don't really use it at all and have absolutely no need for blue-ray or w/e $10

Total Current Cost: $775
-Assuming high end for the ranges, I have $525 left for the motherboard. They don't seem to run above $250 very easily, so I have a good $275 to spend on higher quality parts, or maybe another video card.


Other Facts: I already own the case and the GPU, and I don't plan on using multiple graphics cards unless for some reason I would actually need to run above 60 FPS, right? I have a budget of about $1300, I am willing to go over if it makes the installation easier/improves stability etc. I know I will need new RAM and a new Power Supply for sure (one reason I don't have a built-in CD-ROM is because I ran out of cords coming from the PSU >.>). I won't be doing any high-level rendering often, I will use this system primarily for gaming.

Main Questions:
1. Motherboard titles/information scare me even more than processor ones used to. Going to need a lot of help on this choice.

5. I would prefer a quiet system, but liquid cooling makes me anxious. Also, I hear the stock heatsink works fine for this CPU, so I would prefer to not mess with that unless ya'll have a dandy, new efficient one that doesn't cost too much and works better. Basically, sell me on an aftermarket one and I'll consider it.


Thank You,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Amateur-Nerd
Edited by afrobotics - 1/11/11 at 11:49am
post #2 of 29
For the motherboard I would go with an Asus board, but i am not familiar with the new boards yet.

for the PSU go with something along the lines of a 750watt. Possibly the corsair TX or HX series.
TX won't be modular so you will have to have cable management in the case.
HX is modular so you can just disconnect any unneeded cords.

For the ram look into corsair XMS ram, it seems to be pretty good price for 8gb of it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145315

A new case would probably be a good idea for you. something with some cable management.
Depends on your budget. If you want a really blue case you could go with the NZXT apallo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146026

For cpu cooling, you really should go with aftermarket.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065
that would be a great cooler for a great price. plus you can add two fans if you would like.

unless you really want an SSD it is probably a waste of money at this point. Just get a really fast hard drive. like a WD black edition.
but if you want an SSD, you need to talk to the other guys about that.

for a DVD drive, just go with a basic 20 dollar burner.
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SSDs are the opposite of a "waste of money." That's a really silly comment to make.
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SSDs are the opposite of a "waste of money." That's a really silly comment to make.
way to contribute to the thread.

You are also saying this while running a over the top system with two of the most expansive single gpu cards available. so how can you even say what costs too much.
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SSDs aren't all quite at the $1:1GB ratio, so the price is a little steep for the space you get, but your plan is good. Running your OS on the SSD and using another for space is a standard SSD plan.

If you really don't want to overclock, the H series Sandy Bridge boards should be out soon. This is a overclocking forum, so most suggestions will be for overclocking boards.

Power supply you need at least 500w. Corsair and Silverstone make good sub-600w powersupplies.

You need an ATX motherboard compatible case. I think those XPS models only had microATX compatibility.

Yes 1600 RAM is overkill if you aren't overclocking.

Stock heatsinks from Intel are pretty fidgety. I would look into an aftermarket cooler that's less of a hassle to install.

A liquid cooled system won't necessarily be quiter, but it will cool your parts better. Watercooled systems use radiators with fans that can be just as loud as an air cooled system.
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way to contribute to the thread.
Sorry, I'll slow it down so that the contribution is more evident.


OP: It is definitely worthwhile to get at least a 60GB SSD for your OS. It's one of the best performance upgrades you can make and it's well worth the money. Speed isn't the only benefit to an SSD. There are lots of reasons to make it worth the investment. Such as:

Faster read/write times.
No spin-up times.
Faster access time.
Lower read latency.
No sound at all because of no moving parts.
Last longer because of no moving parts.
Read performance same for all sector because it's solid-state (no moving parts). (read consistency time)
SSDs require a fraction of the power that HDDs do.
Much less likely to fail from shock or any movement (no moving parts).
No need to read sequentially so no need to defrag, ever.
Not susceptible to magnets.
Can be completely erased/formatted.
Smaller in form factor and weight.

Hopefully I've contributed to the thread a little bit.
Edited by Plex - 1/11/11 at 11:09am
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Thanks for all the replies so far!

I should clarify - I'm interested in overclocking in general and want to do it with this system, but I meant more that I am not looking in any way to compare benchmarks or anything. Just pushing the CPU to about 4ghz and making sure everything stays stable and cool is what I had in mind.

So it looks like I will buy an aftermarket heatsink, if they are easier to install I guess its worth it.

I was planning on 2 x 4gigs of ram, Corsair does seem like a good brand, and I will stick with the 1333 unless I am under budget later.

I'm pretty stuck on the SSD, they are just too cool

And it appears that a 750w power supply will be plenty for whatever I will use it for, so thats good it wont run over $100.

I'll edit the op and update what budget is left once I get back from class
post #8 of 29
for god sakes buy nvidia.

oh btw id really reccomend the Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler, i get 40C and 60C load @ 4gHz
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for god sakes buy nvidia.

oh btw id really reccomend the Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler, i get 40C and 60C load @ 4gHz
He already has the video card, and the hyper 212 is about the same as a dark knight.
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Originally Posted by Plex View Post
Sorry, I'll slow it down so that the contribution is more evident.


OP: It is definitely worthwhile to get at least a 60GB SSD for your OS. It's one of the best performance upgrades you can make and it's well worth the money. Speed isn't the only benefit to an SSD. There are lots of reasons to make it worth the investment. Such as:

Faster read/write times.
Faster spin-up times.
Faster access time.
Lower read latency.
No sound at all because of no moving parts.
Last longer because of no moving parts.
Read performance same for all sector because it's solid-state (no moving parts). (read consistency time)
SSDs require a fraction of the power that HDDs do.
Much less likely to fail from shock or any movement (no moving parts).
No need to read sequentially so no need to defrag, ever.
Not susceptible to magnets.
Can be completely erased/formatted.
Smaller in form factor and weight.

Hopefully I've contributed to the thread a little bit.
This would be wonderful if we were discussing storage solutions only, but we are talking about the whole computer, so congratulations on talking about one item.

and since when do SSD's last longer then hard drives? Last time i checked they start losing performance pretty quick, compared to a hard drive which keeps the performance pretty much up to the day it dies.

If you were to do read write cycles over and over again an SSD would die long before a hard drive.
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