Please critique my new i5 build - I am a bit out of touch, might need help

By mynameis ยท 9 replies
Oct 6, 2011
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    • Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020003-NA
    • Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
    • ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 1800 ATX Motherboard
    • Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal 12XReadable and DVD-Writable Drive with Lightscribe SH-B123L/BSBP
    • Intel Core i5-2500K Processor 3.3GHz 6 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 - Intel
    • 2x Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Green SATA II 64 MB
    • Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full)
    • Antec Mid-Tower Gaming Case Nine Hundred Two V3 - Antec
    • EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI-I/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Limited Lifetime Warranty Graphics Card, 012-P3-1570-AR - EVGA
    • OCZ Technology 240 GB Agility 3 SSD- 3G SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive AGT3-25SAT3-240G

    Going to use the SSD as the boot drive and for some games, then all media will go on the HDDs running RAID 0.

    The system it is replacing:

    C2D E8400 (@3.6Ghz)
    8GB RAM
    2x500GB in RAID0
    GeForce GTX 260 896MB
    Antec 300 w/EA500 PSU
    ASUS P5Q Pro

    Keeping my Dell 2209WA and other peripherals so only really need the tower.
  1. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Great build - think you'll be very pleased with the improvement from the E8400. I had an E8400 which I upgraded from a while back too and was thoroughly impressed.
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Nice build.:) What do you use your machine for?
  3. mynameis

    mynameis TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Mainly building it for gaming, Deux Ex didn't run too great on my current system and I want to play Rage but I have a feeling I will get frustrated with the way it would run on my current system.
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    well just about anything @ 1080P should be smooth on the new one.
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Great build. For the case I would suggest that you take a look at the CM 690 II. In my opinion, it would be a better buy.
  6. mynameis

    mynameis TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Thanks for the suggestion, that does look like a better case than the Antec Nine Hundred. I did end up changing the case before I ordered but went with the Cooler Master Sniper, wanted something a bit easier to work in. I am not a big fan of side windows and the front panel option to turn off the LEDs sold me. Also had to change the memory since Amazon's price on that kit went from $91 to $242.95 if I wanted Prime shipping.
  7. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Curious if you are using stock cooling for your cpu or something else.

    I am considering a similar build.
  8. mynameis

    mynameis TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 19

    I was originally going to just try to get by with the stock cooling, just to be cheap, but then I did a bit of research and decided to go with the CM Hyper 212 Plus as it appears to be a great value.

    I just couldn't justify buying another Zalman, they are nice but soo expensive.
  9. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    I am going to start my own thread ...
    Thanks for replying.

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