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Would like to shoot to OC the 2500k to the 4.6 to 4.8 range if feasible.
Get an inexpensive tower cooler: Corsair A60, CM Hyper 212+, etc. and that range should be cake.
post #12 of 19
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What I would do:
- CM Haf 912 Case, cheaper but no window.
- 5.1 speakers are overrated. I actually have the same X-540 and wish I would have just gotten a nice 2.1 setup instead.
- Ever going SLI? If not, get GB P67A-UD3P-B3 instead.
- Corsair CX600 is a little cheaper.
- Better CPU cooling is a must beyond 4.2+GHz IMO. Cheap ~$30 Cooler Master Hyper 212+ would suffice.
Thanks for the advice on the speakers. I will probably just stick with my old Klipsch 2.1 setup. Which will free up money for elsewhere.

And probably will NEVER SLI. I'm just not that into gaming, other than my two nights a week of WoW raids. SO good advice on the mobo.

THat CX600 doesnt seem to be modular. I'd prefer to stay modular. Will look around some more there.

For cooling I was going wet with the XSPC 240 kit.
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post #13 of 19
The Silverstone Strider Plus (Make sure its the plus) seems to get good reviews and is completely modular, in that every cable is detachable. You might be able to save a few bucks and air cool? A well clocked i5 creams anything you can throw at it these days, and I personally cant see the difference in going to some mental high clock with water cooling.
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I'm not a fan of the monitor. After seeing it at work, I really think that 1080 just isnt enough for 27 inches. About the only other option without going to the super expensive pro grade stuff is a 26 at 1920x1200, which is about the same width as a 24 inch but a little deeper.


EDIT: I mean the monitor in the Newegg list
I was thinking it might be too much real estate for 1080. Will probably drop down to the VW246 and save some dough. Thanks for the opinion!
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post #15 of 19
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THat CX600 doesnt seem to be modular. I'd prefer to stay modular. Will look around some more there.
Didn't notice that. Check out the Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W. Same price but better quality than the CM unit.
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I was thinking it might be too much real estate for 1080. Will probably drop down to the VW246 and save some dough. Thanks for the opinion!
To me, monitor size is all about pixels per inch. Bigger isn't always better. I sit an arms length away from my monitor and ~100 PPI is what looks best to me at that distance. At 1920x1080 a 21.5" monitor fits the bill at 102 PPI for me. Any bigger than that and the quality suffers and you began to see pixels. Anything smaller, everything is too small to make out. Now, if I sat further away, a larger 23-24" would then make sense for me.

I would go to your local Best Buy or whatever you have, and view resolutions at different sizes at the distance you're going to sit from it. This should give you some idea about what size/resolution would be ideal and you can find something based on that.
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Didn't notice that. Check out the Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W. Same price but better quality than the CM unit.
Yes just saw that. Hidden gem, as its description doesn't say that it's modular, but it seems to be that it is

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post #18 of 19
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Any way to wring $100 or so outta the price tag? Or is what I've got about as low end as feasible? Opinions please
Yeah, sometimes going to low and you'll be shooting yourself in te butt.

To save a bit i would keep my eye on the for sale sections here on OCN, folks sell they're tried and true fully working items for various reasons.

If you live near a microcenter is another way to save, or maybe you know someone who does live near one if you don't

good call on going with what you already have for speakers, you can always pickup other speakers down the road if you change your mind later, the money is better spent on the main components of the build. For instance since you mentioned not ever planning to SLI, you can bump up the GPU etc...

also you may have to buy your items in diffferent orders to save money by catching sale items, this is what i did. Usually your entire build items will not be on sale at the same time if you attempt to do it all in one shot.
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post #19 of 19
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My Build:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
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COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W
2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB

ASUS VE276Q Black 27" Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers
Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP
Forget the 922, get the 912. Save a bit of cash for a better cooler.

212+ for budget, or the Antec Kuhler with some good fans...Or go all out and get a DH-14, Silver Arrow, or Archon

Istead of a CM PSU get a Seasonic X-560 or X-760 (depends if youre going xfire or not)

If youre not going Xfire get the UD3P instead of the UD4.

Personally I'd go with a 6950 over a 560ti. You can get a 6950 for 10-20$ more which would be able to unlock to a 6970. Performance difference might not be too noticeable though

Everything else is fine, or I don't feel confident commenting on.
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