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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hey, first-time builder here; I plan on purchasing the parts within the next 1-2 weeks. Here's what I'm looking for...

Budget: $950 USD (max) before rebates, after shipping (including monitor)

Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, speakers, OS

SLI/Crossfire: No, but I'd like my build to SLI/Crossfire supporting system for possible future upgrades.

Overclocking: Maybe, I'm afraid of causing damage.

I'd like a build that runs 1920x1080 HDMI.

Alright, here's what I've got so far...

*() - After rebates

CPU: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor - $179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0354589

MOBO + PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.622325 - $214.98 (Click link for part info)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231430

HSF: Not sure if this is necessary.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $41.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148395

GPU: ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - $182.55 ($162.55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM - $26.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151188

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99 ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

Monitor: ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - $159.99 ($139.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236050

Total: $926.45 ($876.45) including shipping.

Okay, how's it? Thanks.
Edited by Ballista - 4/3/11 at 8:27pm
post #2 of 17
i'd change the power supply and mobo, i'v never heard of "thortech" i'd go with a well known brand like antec, cooler master, enermax, seasonic, silverstone or thermaltake. and as ur a first time builder, u'd find the "uefi bios" thats asus and msi have A LOT easier to work with than the conventional bios that gigabyte still use. also i'd change the hd to a samsung spinpoint or wd blue or black
post #3 of 17
opt in some extra cash for a decent cooler and overclock that chip, its hardly worth buying the 2500k if you dont, ive heard many people getting it easily to 4.5 and up on the stock cooler alone, and over 5 on good air coolers. This is the best part about the chip.
post #4 of 17
Theres no point of getting a i5 2500k if your not gonna overclock.

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231439
(lower timings are better then higher speed with the new chips i heard)

Why 1920 x 1080 HDMI? when you can do 1920 x 1200

and since the prices are almost the same should look into LED they seem to be brighter and have a clearer picture then LCD's
Edited by Darksoul844 - 4/3/11 at 8:51pm
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post #5 of 17
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Alright, thanks for the quick replies. I think I'll do some research on overclocking and try it out. How does this cooler look?

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0315397

Also, I'll change my PSU to this...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...sair%20650txv2

And to this HDD...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

I'm not sure about the MOBO though. These two seem good though...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130582

Any suggestions?
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Ballista View Post
Alright, thanks for the quick replies. I think I'll do some research on overclocking and try it out. How does this cooler look?

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0315397

Also, I'll change my PSU to this...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...sair%20650txv2

And to this HDD...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

I'm not sure about the MOBO though. These two seem good though...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130582

Any suggestions?
PSU: good choice but modular design will give u better airflow in the case and will look less messy (if u dont care about looks then dw)

CPU Cooler: if ur gonna overclock (which u definitly should with a 2500k) get something like a Noctua NH-U12P SE2 or NH-D14 or cooler master v6 or v8. u'll get better temps when overclocking (especially with the noctuas)

HDD: ok

MOBO: the MSI P67A-GD65 might support slightly better overclocking
post #7 of 17
Why not the ASUS P8P67?
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post #8 of 17
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Thanks, but do you know if that MOBO would work with Crossfire/SLI? Because I'd like to be able to make possible changes to my build in the future to allow it to run the future wave of games better.

Edit: Okay, these two have Crossfire support. Not sure which one to go with though.

ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Edited by Ballista - 4/3/11 at 9:43pm
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Thanks, but do you know if that MOBO would work with Crossfire/SLI? Because I'd like to be able to make possible changes to my build in the future to allow it to run the future wave of games better.

Edit: Okay, these two have Crossfire support. Not sure which one to go with though.

ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

the first one seems better since its full ATX not Micro ATX and also the first one has bluetooth.
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post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
*() - After rebates

CPU: Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor - $179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0354589

MOBO: ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $172.86
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231430

HSF: COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible - $62.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...%20master%20v8

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $41.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

GPU: ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity - $182.55 ($162.55)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM - $26.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151188

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99 ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

Monitor: Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1) - $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009255

Total: $957.31 USD before rebates, including shipping

Alright, I changed up everything. Any final suggestions?
Edited by Ballista - 4/3/11 at 11:09pm
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