Core i5-2500k OC new computer advice

By maxhollins
Oct 26, 2011
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  1. Hi

    I’m looking at purchasing a new computer after my Q9300 / 2 GB ddr2 800 MHz / 9800gtx system has decided to start going noisy, slow and unresponsive. I’ve decided to purchase a new system rather than upgrade or self build as the price building seems to be worth it for the warranty.

    At first I was stuck between the i2500k, Phenom x6 1100t, x4 980 or the new FX (bulldozer) range. But after researching the 2500k seems to be the way to go.

    after searching many sites (pc specialist, ebay, cyberpower systems etc) the best system i can find for my price range of around £700 MAX is this from dinopc:

    Hoping you guys can help clarify some questions I have though seen as the guy I spoke to at dinopc didn’t have a clue (!!!)

    The cpu has been OC to 4.5ghz, how does this effect the turbo mode? Will it still drop down to a lower speed when not needed? If the pc is idle downloading etc it seems a bit pointless to have it burning away at 4.5 GHz?

    It costs an extra £10 to upgrade the memory to 1600 from 1333; is this worth it and will it actually work? I’ve read some articles saying the 2500k only works with 1333?

    I like the sound of these SSD drives, is it worth the extra money compared to ordinary SATA 2/3 HDD?

    And finally is this a good system for the money? Or would i be better of going for one of the amd X6, x4 or FX processors and trying to save some money? Or is there an i5 system else where cheaper any one knows of etc?

    Any help appreciated

    Thanks Max

    Oh and: PC is for casual gaming/internet browsing/odd web development
    Budget? £700
    Located England, Yorkshire
    Are you willing to buy online? Yes
    Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build? No
    Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others? No
    Have you already bought any parts? No
    Do you have an Operating System (OS)? Vitsa 32, need win 7 64 with the new system
  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    sounds like you have a tight budget for what your wanting make sure to atleast get
    Ram-8GB yes 1600 is the way to go and my i5 2500k loves it.
    PSU-750 watts from reputable brand.
    Video card- 6870,6950 or gtx 560 ti
    SSD- skip to save money for better parts
    Case- Full tower if you have the budget with good airflow.
    Hard Drive- Might as well get a 1TB drive from WD or Samsung

    this is just my take on it but you could build this yourself and save some money all the parts will have a warranty anyway.
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    With previous intel processors you disabled turbo when overclocking. With this generation you don't. My 2600K still idles around 1.6GHz when overclocked to 4.6GHz.

    Personally I'd customize it a bit:
    CPU: NEW! Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.5Ghz
    CPU Cooler: NEW! Xigmatek HDT-S963
    Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3
    Memory: 8.0GB Corsair DDR3 1600mhz XMS3 (4x 2GB)
    Hard Drives: NEW! 500GB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
    Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
    Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 6970 2GB
    Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus
    PSU: 700W Xigmatek
    Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Warranty

    Product Subtotal: £675.00

    Does look like a nice price from DinoPC though. Don't think you'll find many cheaper.
  4. Cake

    Cake TS Rookie

    If you have a small budget, maybe go with an AMD build.
    They are cheaper and they still have some good parts.

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