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How is this for my first gaming rig?

Hello, everyone!

So this will be my first custom computer, and it will be primarily for gaming. :)
I will only be getting one 560 ti at first, but I plan on purchasing another 560 ti within the same year(2012).

I'm sure on all of these components, but I have a couple questions about compatibility after I list them:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182238
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233147
Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009317

My first question is, can this setup run Windows 7 64-bit?
Will that power supply be too much, and if so, can you recommend another one?
Also, is there any component(s) in this setup that would conflict with another component(s)?

Thanks!
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  1. To your first question... It won't run windows 7... Not enough RAM. :P
  2. Something to consider. That's a very high price on an 800w PSU. You could get a sufficient PSU for SLI for far less, and put that money into a step up to a GTX 570 (and presumably later in the year another 570).

    I built a new sandy bridge computer this year as well, and as I recall EVGA was having a lot of problems with their recent MOBOS. Could save yourself another 50 bucks by going with one of ASRock's sli-capable mobos.

    After you install some ram (8gb 1600mhz kits are pretty cheap and will give you a LOT of overhead for running background programs while gaming), you'll be able to run windows 7 64bit Aero themes with absolutely no issue. Great choice of CPU.

    IMO overall, save some money by looking into other companies' offerings in the PSU-range that you will require for an SLI setup of whichever card you go with, save some MORE money by going with a slightly lower priced motherboard, and put all of that into either the next step up graphics card or a higher resolution slightly larger monitor.
  3. You didn't show any ram. No ram no windows 7. Other than that looks pretty good except the PSU. I can't tell if that is tier 3 or a tier 5. The tier 3 is boarder line good and tier 5 is no good. It might be good I don't know. You might check into that a little more. You can check this out

    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

    Good luck everything else looks good.
  4. casualcolors said:
    Something to consider. That's a very high price on an 800w PSU. You could get a sufficient PSU for SLI for far less, and put that money into a step up to a GTX 570 (and presumably later in the year another 570).

    I built a new sandy bridge computer this year as well, and as I recall EVGA was having a lot of problems with their recent MOBOS. Could save yourself another 50 bucks by going with one of ASRock's sli-capable mobos.

    After you install some ram (8gb 1600mhz kits are pretty cheap and will give you a LOT of overhead for running background programs while gaming), you'll be able to run windows 7 64bit Aero themes with absolutely no issue. Great choice of CPU.

    IMO overall, save some money by looking into other companies' offerings in the PSU-range that you will require for an SLI setup of whichever card you go with, save some MORE money by going with a slightly lower priced motherboard, and put all of that into either the next step up graphics card or a higher resolution slightly larger monitor.


    Thanks for your reply! :)

    I've updated the motherboard and RAM I've found with the rest of the components I've listed. I'm still not too sure on the PSU. Also, I've heard some memory issues arise with this motherboard, with an error code of 45, but I don't know if that will affect me or not. I'm sorry, I don't know much about RAM, so will this error affect me?

    I looked at the compatibility list, here: http://asrock.com/mb/memory.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4%20Gen3 for memory, but I didn't see my choice on there, so can you please recommend one that will go well with this? I was aiming for 8 gigs, but like I've said, I don't know much about RAM, or how it fits into the mobo. :(

    I appreciate everyone's answers so far; thank you!
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    That ram is a good choice as long as the tall heat-spreaders on top won't interfere with any aftermarket CPU cooling solutions that you go with (sometimes it's hard to tell until you just put it all in there and see).

    That ram is the correct voltage for the CPU that you want to purchase. Stick to 1.35v (low voltage) or 1.5v (as you have selected there) ram. 1.65v ram will void the warranty on the i5-2500k. It will be voided anyway when you overclock, but just mentioning it for the sake of you knowing.

    Now with regard to your motherboard, that is the one that I have in the computer I built this year. I am extremely happy with it and its bios. There should be no conflicts between that ram and that motherboard as far as I know. I use the 1.35v version of Corsair 1600mhz vengeance ramsticks. They are slightly lower profile but it's essentially the same thing.

    I would still strongly recommend looking at a cheaper tier-2 quality power supply that will fit your future SLI needs, and put whatever savings you gain from the mobo swap and the psu swap (should be around 80 bucks total) into the graphics card and step up from the 560 ti to the GTX 570.

    Good luck =)
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