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Hello,

Can you please help me build a PC arround the i5 2500k CPU ?
I don't really care about the newest games like Crysis 2, Metro... and so on wich require very much from a PC. I want a decent PC that will have no problems with Starcraft II at full graphic options, and that will work 'fine' for the next 6-7 years. I'm not passionate about games anymore, it's just recently that I have restarted playing when I bought Starcraft II. With these in mind I decided on a i5-2500k with P67 chipset so that I can start using the overclock in a few years when the precessing power will start to fall behind, or when I need some extra computing power for the project at the university. During the next 6-7 years I hope my PC will still be able to run the latest Starcraft and play movies.

* Cooler: they told me from the store where I made the order that the CPU comes without a cooler in their store, so I'll have to buy one. I have no idea what to choose. Can you please recommend a quiet cooler that will allow me to overclock as high as possible. Not really a name, but a price and performance range and I'll what I can buy here. Please consider the budget also, I don't want to overdue it and get the most expensive cooler, so water cooling is out of discussion. What would be a good cooler for the 95W i5 2500k ? Do you know how high these 95W will go with overclocking ?
* Video card: I have my mind set since some time ago on the Asus nVidia GeForce GTX460, 1024MB, DDR5, 256bit, HDMI, DVI, PCI-E. ENGTX460DIRTP2DI1G. I saw that GTX460 was optimum for Starcraft II
* Mainboard: Asus P8P67 or Asus P8P67-PRO. The only reason that I would spend more for the PRO board is the SLI support. Do you think it would be a good deal to sell the videocard in a few years and get a SLI pair, or add another identical one to the one above ? I chose ASUS MB as I had the ASUS videocard. It's not a good technical reason, but I like their feel together
* RAM. Here I am confused. I have only somewhat decided on the size: 4GB (2*2GB). Is it possible to put more with the above CPU and MB ? Is it really worth it ?
Then there is the topic of type and speed. Intel recommends DDR3-1066/1333. Is there a connection between RAM speed and overclocking on this platrorm ? Is the RAM overclocked separately from the CPU ? I really don't know what RAM to buy, 1333, 1600, 2000. The highest that I would pay is for is either "Kit Dual Channel Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB), DDR3, 2000 MHz, revision A, 9-9-9-24", or Kit Dual Channel Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB), DDR3, 1600MHz, 8-8-8-24. Is this really necessary for my needs ? I would prefer to get cheaper RAM if I don't lose too much in performance. Would a 1333 MHz RAM provide the same performance under overclock on the above configuration ?
As I see it, RAM faster than 1333 is overkill unless I overclock. Since I want to overclock ... again with the question: Is there a connection between RAM speed and overclocking on this platrorm ?
What would be optimum for my situation ? How does latency come into play here ? How much is it really worth spending on the RAM in this case ?
* HDD. I'm not really interested in RAID. Is RAID necessary for the above platform ? Another question is, wich SATA is optimum in my case ? SATA2 or SATA3 ? I'll just get whatever HDD has the nicest price/size ratio.
* Power supply. How much do I need ? I think 600 W should be enough even with overclock, without the monitor.
* Audio. I'll rely on the integrated MB audio.
* DVD-RW - some cheap low end device.
* Case - I didn't really think about it. Probably I'll buy a cheap one that I'll 'tune' myself. Drill some holes, places some more fans... funny stuff.

Thank you for the help.
post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by Andrei_M View Post
Hello,

Can you please help me build a PC arround the i5 2500k CPU ?
I don't really care about the newest games like Crysis 2, Metro... and so on wich require very much from a PC. I want a decent PC that will have no problems with Starcraft II at full graphic options, and that will work 'fine' for the next 6-7 years. I'm not passionate about games anymore, it's just recently that I have restarted playing when I bought Starcraft II. With these in mind I decided on a i5-2500k with P67 chipset so that I can start using the overclock in a few years when the precessing power will start to fall behind, or when I need some extra computing power for the project at the university. During the next 6-7 years I hope my PC will still be able to run the latest Starcraft and play movies.

* Cooler: they told me from the store where I made the order that the CPU comes without a cooler in their store, so I'll have to buy one. I have no idea what to choose. Can you please recommend a quiet cooler that will allow me to overclock as high as possible. Not really a name, but a price and performance range and I'll what I can buy here. Please consider the budget also, I don't want to overdue it and get the most expensive cooler, so water cooling is out of discussion. What would be a good cooler for the 95W i5 2500k ? Do you know how high these 95W will go with overclocking ?
* Video card: I have my mind set since some time ago on the Asus nVidia GeForce GTX460, 1024MB, DDR5, 256bit, HDMI, DVI, PCI-E. ENGTX460DIRTP2DI1G. I saw that GTX460 was optimum for Starcraft II
* Mainboard: Asus P8P67 or Asus P8P67-PRO. The only reason that I would spend more for the PRO board is the SLI support. Do you think it would be a good deal to sell the videocard in a few years and get a SLI pair, or add another identical one to the one above ? I chose ASUS MB as I had the ASUS videocard. It's not a good technical reason, but I like their feel together
* RAM. Here I am confused. I have only somewhat decided on the size: 4GB (2*2GB). Is it possible to put more with the above CPU and MB ? Is it really worth it ?
Then there is the topic of type and speed. Intel recommends DDR3-1066/1333. Is there a connection between RAM speed and overclocking on this platrorm ? Is the RAM overclocked separately from the CPU ? I really don't know what RAM to buy, 1333, 1600, 2000. The highest that I would pay is for is either "Kit Dual Channel Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB), DDR3, 2000 MHz, revision A, 9-9-9-24", or Kit Dual Channel Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB), DDR3, 1600MHz, 8-8-8-24. Is this really necessary for my needs ? I would prefer to get cheaper RAM if I don't lose too much in performance. Would a 1333 MHz RAM provide the same performance under overclock on the above configuration ?
As I see it, RAM faster than 1333 is overkill unless I overclock. Since I want to overclock ... again with the question: Is there a connection between RAM speed and overclocking on this platrorm ?
What would be optimum for my situation ? How does latency come into play here ? How much is it really worth spending on the RAM in this case ?
* HDD. I'm not really interested in RAID. Is RAID necessary for the above platform ? Another question is, wich SATA is optimum in my case ? SATA2 or SATA3 ? I'll just get whatever HDD has the nicest price/size ratio.
* Power supply. How much do I need ? I think 600 W should be enough even with overclock, without the monitor.
* Audio. I'll rely on the integrated MB audio.
* DVD-RW - some cheap low end device.
* Case - I didn't really think about it. Probably I'll buy a cheap one that I'll 'tune' myself. Drill some holes, places some more fans... funny stuff.

Thank you for the help.
That's hard to read. Should space it out so it isn't a block of text.

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Video Card: GTX 460 1GB or HD6850 or wait about a month for GTX 560 (Expect this to be around $250 give or take $20)
Motherboard: P8P67 Pro
RAM: 2x2GB DDR3 1600Mhz like these
Hard Drive: Samsung Spin Point F3 1TB
Power Supply: 550-600W from Corsair/Seasonic/XFX will do.
DVD Drive: Whatever has good reviews on Newegg
Case: NZXT case or Cooler Master HAF 922 or Cooler Master CM690 II
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post #3 of 13
Whats your actual budget your aiming for?
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post #4 of 13
well i had a $500 budget but ended up spending about $800 so it was hard for me to do and i already that hd video card and dvd drives so yeah would not say budget if you dont want to compromise
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Hello,
I would like to keep this PC bellow 4000 RON (Romania), which is 1234 USD. But components are more expensive in Romania due to taxes. For the CPU for example I will pay about 299 USD.
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going to be hard for us to help since we don't know how much it will cost for u.......
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Just make sure you get the p67 not the h67 and the cpu should have a k at the end of it like 2500k

That means you can unlock the cpu and the h is for more gaming or o/c ing,the p is for video its.


Confusing at first but its all good.
Edited by phillipjos - 1/13/11 at 11:37pm
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and i didn't even bother reading your post, that thing is hard to read.....
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post #9 of 13
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Indeed my post is quite big

Let me just summarize. I want to overclock my future PC.
*i5 2500k CPU.
*Asus P8P67-PRO MB.
*Video Asus nVidia GeForce GTX460, 1024MB, DDR5, 256bit, HDMI, DVI, PCI-E
*RAM ???? 4 GB is best I think (2*2GB). What RAM should I get in order to be able to overclock ? 2000MHz or 1600MHz ? 2133 RAM is too expensive and I think it's overkill for my needs. But what about the 2000 MHz RAM. Is the 2000 overkill also or is it much better for my case than the 1600 MHz RAM ?
Are there any results on the internet regarding RAM and overcloking performance for the SandyBridge ?
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by phillipjos View Post
Just make sure you get the p67 not the h67 and the cpu should have a k at the end of it like 2500k

That means you can unlock the cpu and the h is for more gaming or o/c ing,the p is for video its.


Confusing at first but its all good.
You mixed up the 2nd part "H67 doesn't allow overclocking, and IGP on cpu is enabled. P67 allows overclocking the K series, but the IGP is disabled."
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