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Would appreciate some advice on an i5 build

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My current computer is starting to show its age. Needless to say, I'm looking to make an upgrade. It's been a while since I've done this so I'd like a little input before I go ahead and finalize anything. As it stands, I've chosen the following:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130610

Ram: 2 x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231423

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130574

Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103046

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116992

The total comes to $915, which is pretty much the limit of what I can spend.

I plan on keeping these for my new system:

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006

My 250 GB Hard Drive and my Antec 900 case.

If anyone could point out any glaring flaws or offer any suggestions for alternatives in place of what I've chosen, that would be great. Keep in mind that any suggestions should be around the same price point as I cannot spend more than the total this has reached. Thanks.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67-M Pro ASUS GTX 680 DCII G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB CrucialSSD + WDC 250GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 37" Corsair 850HX 
Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 
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Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67-M Pro ASUS GTX 680 DCII G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB CrucialSSD + WDC 250GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 37" Corsair 850HX 
Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 
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post #2 of 9
1. Consider hunting down an HD6950 2GB. You should be able to find one for a similar price and it is a slightly better card/will last longer.

2. It might be smarter to get a dual channel kit for your RAM, possibly of a higher speed as well. Ripjaws are a good option. Is there a particular reason you feel the need to get 8GB? Generally unless you are using the computer for a home recording studio or are doing a lot of editing 4GB is plenty.

3. I have personally just recently witnessed a lot of negative aspects of the current MSI boards. I would recommend an ASUS P8P67 or a GIGABYTE UD3P/UD4.

4. The 212+ Cooler Master is generally considered just as good if not better and it's 5 dollars cheaper too.

*Of course remember this is all just my perspective
Edited by loveadventurer - 4/15/11 at 11:10pm
post #3 of 9
Do you plan to OC?

-If you really want 8GB i'd go with a 2x4GB 1600+ Kit like some vengeance or rip jaws. Either way look at 1600+ unless you really want some low cas.
-Unless you really want a low profile Cooler id go with the CM 212+. I own the GeminII S and it works really really well for my low watt HTPC CPU but the 212+ I think would be the better route for you.
-Do you really need the Pro OS features or would Home Premium suffice?

PSU and Case will work well. GL
    
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i7 4770K ASRock Z87M Extreme4  XFX R9 390 Black Edition 16GB Corsair 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB Samsung 840 Pro Seagate 3TB Cryorig H7 Ubuntu 
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ASUS VG248QE 24" Logitech g710 Corsair AX 760i CM N200 
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256GB Samsung 840 Pro Seagate 3TB Cryorig H7 Ubuntu 
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ASUS VG248QE 24" Logitech g710 Corsair AX 760i CM N200 
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post #4 of 9
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Thanks for the help!

Alright, so I've taken into account your advice and have changed the following:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131707

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161359

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231419
(There was actually no reasoning behind my choice of 8GB)

Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

I don't really plan on doing much overclocking in the future.

As for the OS, yeah, Home Premium is fine. I changed that as well.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67-M Pro ASUS GTX 680 DCII G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB CrucialSSD + WDC 250GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 37" Corsair 850HX 
Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67-M Pro ASUS GTX 680 DCII G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB CrucialSSD + WDC 250GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 37" Corsair 850HX 
Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 
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post #5 of 9
That looks great! A few points: If you're only planning to OC at or below 4Ghz you'd probably be fine with the stock CPU cooler. Also, Sandy Bridge is officially rated for 1.5v RAM, so you might want to get these instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-443-_-Product
Edited by loveadventurer - 4/16/11 at 2:17pm
post #6 of 9
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Thanks, I wouldn't have caught that mistake. I guess I'll go with the stock cooler as well since I don't plan on overclocking too much. All of these changes also brought the total price down so I can spend around 100 more dollars. I was thinking of getting a SSD, possibly this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148357.

Would the performance boost be worth it? Or should I allocate my extra cash elsewhere?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67-M Pro ASUS GTX 680 DCII G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB CrucialSSD + WDC 250GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 37" Corsair 850HX 
Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67-M Pro ASUS GTX 680 DCII G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB CrucialSSD + WDC 250GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 37" Corsair 850HX 
Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 
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post #7 of 9
Based on my limited experience with SDDs I'd say loading your OS + any other programs you use all the time on there will make them start up a lot faster and generally respond better. You'll get significantly faster boot times. With this in mind, all SDDs are a luxury and not a necessity. It's really up to you how to spend the extra money.
post #8 of 9
If you have the money, get the SSD (and yes that one you posted is a good choice).
    
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i5 750 @ Stock (look at Mobo) Foxconn H55MXV XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveMonitorKeyboard
Crucial C300 128GB + WD Caviar Black 500GB LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer SAMSUNG P2350-1 Rose Black 23" Steelseries 6Gv2 
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CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650TX Antec 300 Illusion Black Razer Diamondback 
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i5 750 @ Stock (look at Mobo) Foxconn H55MXV XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveMonitorKeyboard
Crucial C300 128GB + WD Caviar Black 500GB LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer SAMSUNG P2350-1 Rose Black 23" Steelseries 6Gv2 
PowerCaseMouse
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650TX Antec 300 Illusion Black Razer Diamondback 
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post #9 of 9
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I probably will grab the SSD then.

Alright, seems like I'm set to go with my new build. Thanks again for the help!
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67-M Pro ASUS GTX 680 DCII G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB CrucialSSD + WDC 250GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 37" Corsair 850HX 
Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67-M Pro ASUS GTX 680 DCII G.SKILL 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
128GB CrucialSSD + WDC 250GB Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 37" Corsair 850HX 
Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 
  hide details  
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