New Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: March 2011

Budget Range: $1000 - 1250 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, General (internet browsing, word processing etc.)

Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard and mouse,monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No preferences

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Will upgrade to crossfire/sli in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

These are the parts I've chosen so far:

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge



G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

ASUS EAH6950/2DI2S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950

LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3


ASUS Black 24X DVD+R

Subtotal comes down to $1181.89

Any adjustments, advice, recommendations and/or thoughts about this build would be greatly appreciated.
Note that this is my first time building a PC.

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  1. The only nit is with the Asus DVD burner. you don't need it as the Blu-ray burner will also burn DVDs and CDs.

    You will also need some thermal compound for the 212+.
  2. Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922
    Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm
    PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850
    MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
    RAM - $80 - 2 x (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
    GFX - $370 - GTX 570 Superclocked
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $55 - Samsung F3 1TB
    SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 120GB
    DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT

    Total $1220

    Original build comments:

    PSU - to OC and use two GFX cards, you'll need more than a TX seriesto maintain fgood stable voltages. The HX series is $40 more than the XFX.

    GFX - The 570 is evenly matched against the 6870.... and will well outperform the 6850 unless you flash it successfully (and void ya warranty) . However, two 570's in SLI outperform two 6970's so that's what gives the 570 the nod.

    RAM - no advanatge to more than 8 GB in 1155 / 1156 so not filling all slots for future upgrades doesn't apply.

    Cooler - The 212 is substantially outperformed by the Mugen 2 for just $8 more
  3. Thanks for the response

    So would I be better off going with the HX series PSU or the one that you recommend?

    According to the reviews on newegg the mugen 2 is somewhat difficult to install as I am a noob when it
    comes to install that concerns me alittle. Also would that cooler work with the new Sandy Bridge architecture?
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