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post #11 of 15
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hows this build ?
cpu- i5 2500k
mobo- asus p8p67 pro
ram- Corsair DDR3 6GB 12800
gpu- Gigabyte nVidia GTX470 SOC
hdd- 1tb western digital cavair black
optical drive- LG GH22NS70
pc case- Thermaltake V9
psu- Corsair HX-650 ATX

keep in mind he has no intention of ocing his cpu
    
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post #12 of 15
Just something I whipped up real quick.

CPU/Motherboard (429.98): Intel Core i5-2500k, ASUS P8P67 PRO B3
RAM (49.99 - 15 rebate): Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1600
GPU (465.98 = 247.99x2 - 30 rebate): 2x EVGA GeForce 560 Ti
SSD (199.99): Crucial C300 128GB
HDD (54.99): Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Case (99.99): Lian-Li Lancool PC-K62
PSU (109.99 - 10 rebate): Corsair TX 750W

Shipped: $1,440.91
After Rebates: $1,385.91

That leaves you some budget room to play around with, though I'm not sure what else would be worth the money to upgrade. (EDIT: You could do a single 580 instead of 2x560s. It would save you $6 and be better for the long term, but the 2x560 will outperform it today. Depends on your needs and likelihood of upgrading in the future.)

Because you aren't overclocking, you really don't need the 2500k...but with the combo deal, it was cheaper than the regular i5-2500, so you may as well get it =)
Edited by ayyini - 4/22/11 at 9:40pm
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Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67 B3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM Lite-On 24x DVD Burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit HP 2310m 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM Lite-On 24x DVD Burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit HP 2310m 
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NZXT Hale 90 650W NZXT Phantom White 
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post #13 of 15
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guys how does my build look? thanks for all you input guys
    
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W/D Caviar Green 2TB/Kingston 64gb ssd Samsung BluRay Combo Windows 7 Benq 24" GL2430HM 2MS/1920x1080 
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post #14 of 15
Some other relevant questions:

How long will the machine be in use?
What games, specifically, will it be used for?

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Originally Posted by bello View Post
guys how does my build look? thanks for all you input guys
Disclaimer: All prices are subject to change at any time.

Well, you didn't list any prices nor where you were buying stuff, so I can't comment on the cost/performance of the rig. But, part-for-part:

CPU - The i5-2500k is great, but get the non-unlocked i5-2500 version since you won't be overclocking (Unless, like in my build, the 2500k ends up being cheaper).

Mobo - The P8P67 PRO is exactly what you want to get. Anything higher isn't likely to give you any important features.

RAM - Which RAM is best really depends on what's for sale; it's all mostly the same. Look for 4GB (2x2GB) of DDR3-1600MHz, which is what you have chosen.

GPU - In a 1-1.5k build you can do much better than a GTX 470: your absolute minimum baseline should be something like a GTX 560 Ti or an HD 6950 2GB. There should be room in the budget for a pair of either of those. Also, you can use a single-card solution: less complicated, better for long-term use if you are likely to upgrade, but less powerful today. You'd trade power today for expandability in the future, it just depends on your needs. Look for the GTX 580 or an HD 6970.

Simple GPU answer:
If you want power now or are unlikely to upgrade: 2x GTX 560 Ti ($465.98) or 2x Radeon HD 6950 2GB ($529.98).
If you want something great now and are likely to upgrade, or just don't want two cards: single Radeon HD 6970 ($339.99) or a GTX 580 ($459.99).
Power Rating 2x HD 6950 > GTX 2x 560 Ti > GTX 580> HD 6970

HDD - You want to get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB: it's the best price/performance drive out there ($55-65). If you don't want it or can't get it , the WD Caviar Blue are cheaper and quiter than the Black. That's just my personal preference, though. Whatever you do, do not pay a premium for a "Sata III" or a "Sata 6.0Gb/s" drive - it's a marketing gimmick and nothing more.

SSD - I really think that you have room for one in this cushy budget. I'm not an authority - I don't have one yet - but I hear good things about the C300, Vertex 2/3, and Intel models. Around 120GB makes me comfortable here, but it depends on your needs.

Optical - Like RAM, these are really all the same. Just get the cheapest ($15-20).

Case - These are mostly personal choice as long as you stay within some good models. I like to recommend the Lian-Li Lancool PC-K62, the NZXT Phantom, the Cooler Master 690 II Advanced, and the Cooler Master HAF 922/932/X. Can't go wrong with any of them. There are a lot of good cases out there, but I couldn't speak the Thermaltake V9 specifically.

PSU - The one you've picked is good for your setup. If you want a beefier GPU as a I recommended above, you'll want a beefier PSU. Say something like 650-700W for a permanent single-card solution or 750-850W for a dual-card or single-now-dual-later configuration. Good brands are Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic - stay away from anything else.


Hope that helps!

Edit: You can also get an aftermarket CPU cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($25-30 on Amazon), but you shouldn't need it if you aren't overclocking. If you live somewhere hot like Death Valley or Florida or if the computer's room get's very hot in the summer, you may want to consider it.
Edited by ayyini - 4/23/11 at 6:43am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67 B3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM Lite-On 24x DVD Burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit HP 2310m 
PowerCase
NZXT Hale 90 650W NZXT Phantom White 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-2500k ASUS P8P67 B3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz 7-8-7-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM Lite-On 24x DVD Burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit HP 2310m 
PowerCase
NZXT Hale 90 650W NZXT Phantom White 
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post #15 of 15
he should get the coolermaster Hyper 212+. the intel stock ones are just trash. He would prolly hit the 70s going 100% on stock settings.
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Intel Core 3930k Rampage IV Gene EVGA Geforce GTX 670 FTW G.Skill Sniper 4x4GB 
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Intel 520 Western Digital Caviar green Western Digital Caviar Blue Corsair H100 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
ap-15 x4 Windows 7 Ultimate Asus VH232H Cooler Master CM Storm Quickfire Pro 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Intel 520 Western Digital Caviar green Western Digital Caviar Blue Corsair H100 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
ap-15 x4 Windows 7 Ultimate Asus VH232H Cooler Master CM Storm Quickfire Pro 
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