First Time Builder Needs Advice On Last Pieces - $1500 i7-2600k

CPU
Intel Core i7-2600k (I might downgrade to the i5-2500k, but I plan on doing heavy gaming on high resolution)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

Mobo
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131682

Combo of above 2 things + Civ 5 = 499.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575880

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

PSU - Corsair HX850 or Antec SG 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371018

Graphics Card - 2x GeForce GTX 460 (maybe 470s)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130565

SSD - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148348

HDD - I own 2x 2TB External Harddrives that I'll store most media on, but I'll need something ~500GB for my second drive in this. I might be able to use one from current comp though.

Case -I don't know. I want something that has enough room for sufficient cooling if I decide to overclock, maybe I can find a good combo deal with my PSU.

Cooling - This will be my first time building a computer and I may consider overclocking in the future. I want to make sure the fans are sufficient, but still pretty quiet in non-heavy loads. I would prefer to avoid anything dealing with liquids.

ANYTHING ELSE I'M MISSING? Thermal paste, fans, etc? Anything I can replace for better or cheaper parts?

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully this week

Budget Range: Between 1500-1700 I need to purchase Windows 7 with these funds though. I actually realize this might not be doable. How close can I get though?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and movies/anime are the most important. I also use video recording software and make videos like Let's Plays and commentaries.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably NewEgg or Amazon.

Country of Origin: United States

Monitor Resolution: I have a dual monitor setup. Main monitor is 30in (2560x1600). I understand gaming Ultra settings on that resolution might be difficult though. How close can I get with my budget?

Overclocking: Maybe, but I've never overclocked before. I don't really plan on doing it unless I'll see huge returns. I would prefer to just keep it cool since I run my computer 16 hours a day.

Cross-Fire/SLI - Yes, it sounds like 2x GTX 460s will do the best for me.

Additional Comments: I am a total noobie. This is my first experience ever building a computer or even picking out individual parts like this. I know I probably forgot pieces so please let me know. Also please inform me if you can think of any potential problems I might face putting this together.

Thank you to everyone. This is an awesome site and I've been doing a ton of research through your articles and forum posts. I would be totally lost without it.
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  1. ^ Here is a reworked build,
    Mainly for gaming even very highe resolutions like your monitor's IMO the 2500K would suffice, also with ability to overclock so nicely, I dont see a good reason to go 2600K
    i5 2500K + HD 6870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.585737

    HD 6870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.578041

    ASUS Board + Corsair AX750 Gold
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.587643

    RAM - Same

    CASE - NZXT Tempest EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146062

    SSD - IMO this OCZ Vertex 2 120GB is a better deal - It is also very fast and comparatively cheaper,..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227551

    HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0

    Total - ~$1423
    As for the performance of HD 6870 Crossfire
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-crossfirex-review/

    Or you could do this, buy a single HD 6950 for now, and get 1 more by this month-end,... The reason I say this is because Nvidia is going to launch GTX 560 by this month-end and would push AMD to lower the price of its cards,...
  2. This build has dual gtx 570's :)

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833.html <---- Intel Sandy Bridge review/benchmarks

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i5-2600k-i5-2500k-and-core-i3-2100-tested <--- Another great review on this cpu

    If this is a gaming build, you can tank the 2600k and go with the 2500k. Check out the benchmarks in those two links...it says it all.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCI2U/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0VK56DNA651WDYRM08A4&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846 $99.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.587645 Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $364.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $354.98
    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $29.99
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $6.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130551 $149.99
    MSI P67A-GD53 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303 $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-5&pf_rd_r=0WTZP6BVYETKEAAD5S00&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939291&pf_rd_i=507846 $59.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335 $21.99 FREE SHIPPING
    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support

    http://www.buy.com/prod/evga-012-p3-1570-ar-geforce-gtx-570-graphics-card-pci-express-2-0-x16/q/loc/101/219044381.html $349.49 FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 Graphics Card - PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 1.25 GB GDDR5 SDRAM 2560 x 1600 - SLI

    http://www.buy.com/prod/evga-012-p3-1570-ar-geforce-gtx-570-graphics-card-pci-express-2-0-x16/q/loc/101/219044381.html $349.49 FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 Graphics Card - PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 1.25 GB GDDR5 SDRAM 2560 x 1600 - SLI

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    Total: $1,598.87 *not including rebates, shipping, etc..

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XU78OA/ref=asc_df_B003XU78OA1388789?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=pg-469-34-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B003XU78OA $182.99 this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    PNY XLR8 GTX 460 1024 MB GDDR5 Overclocked PCI-Express 2.0 DVI-I+DVI-I+Mini HDMI Graphics Card VCGGTX4601XPB-OC
  3. ^ +1, for your resolution, the 570 SLI is better suited,...
  4. ^ +1, for Why_Me's resolution

    Possibly up your RAM for not too much more and gives you a good upgrade path to 16GB in the future:

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
  5. The only problem that I am running into was you didn't have an SSD picked out with that build and it added about $200. In the end, I decided I am willing to pay the extra. Can you guys give my build one last look over. Anything not compatible? Is the case big enough or should I go with the full sized tower? I decided to go with 2x 4GB RAM, but is this overkill for my set up? I will get the larger ones if they will help out. Also, I can pay +10 on each video card for overclocked, is that worth it? Thanks again everyone for their help. You guys are awesome and I'm so excited to start ordering these pieces tonight and tomorrow.

    CPU
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    $225

    MOBO
    ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131682
    $185

    COMBO DEAL OF CPU AND MOBO + CIV 5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    $390 = $20 Savings + Free Civ 5

    PSU
    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    $176

    Graphics
    EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card with Lifetime Warranty 012-P3-1570-AR
    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-PCI-Express-Graphics-Lifetime-012-P3-1570-AR/dp/B004EHZD5W/
    $360 x 2 = $720

    RAM
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBRH
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231401
    $160

    CASE
    Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black)
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tower-Black/dp/tags-on-product/B0026FCI2U
    $100

    CPU Fan
    Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/
    $26

    CD/DVD Burner
    Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98
    http://www.amazon.com/Lite-LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHAS424-98/dp/B002SIMPXM/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_c
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335
    $22

    SSD
    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227551
    $220 with $20 rebate

    HDD
    Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0
    $60

    Thermal Paste
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003
    $7

    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit System Builder - OEM
    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Home-Premium-System-Builder/dp/B002NGJO4M
    $100
  6. If you can, go for the CoolerMaster HAF 932, extra I know but I have never worked with a better case. I have the 950TX PSU which isn't moduler, BUT with the 932 it doesn't matter as the cable management has helped me hide all spare cables.

    Plus, I prefer non-module to module, nothing to back this up but I just feel a little safer not having to worry about the connections between the PSU and the cables.
  7. SSD
    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227551
    $220 with $20 rebate


    will it work.?. 2.5 is for notebooks no?
  8. You get a tray to fit it into which allows you to screw it into a 3.5"
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