How Does my Build Look?

This will be my first build so pardon my ignorance in advance. My questions are: Is everything here compatible? How much am I overkilling it with the PSU and is it worth getting just for potential future builds? Are there any pieces that could be replaced for a better value? Is it worth getting more fans (I am not planning on crossfiring or overclocking)? Is the stock heatsink sufficient if I use thermal compound? I'd like to keep this at about $1200 (right now with shipping its a little over $1100) so keep that in mind if you recommend any changes. Thanks!


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  1. Just an fyi optical drive, mouse, keyboard and OS are already taken care of.
  2. Proximon said:

    Yeah I forgot to mention that the mouse, optical drive and OS are already taken care of. Any recommendations for the 650W PSU? As for the sound card I'm not getting expensive speakers so I figured if I got one it might as well be cheap. I know opinions are varied on them so I may dump it and stick with onboard. You say I'm not getting much for the price, but outside of ditching the sound card and getting a cheaper PSU it isn't clear to me how I can be getting much more as both of those aren't going to save THAT much money.
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  4. gamerkila57 said:

    If I choose to ditch the sound card is the onboard audio on that mobo sufficient? I'm not really clear on what to think with regards to sounds cards/onboard audio.

    As for that HD it's the same price as the one I had (the promo wasn't being offered when I originally specced this out and since I was getting mobo that could handle 6.0 I figured I'd just get it. Thanks for the input though.
  5. Proximon said:

    Wow that's great. Thanks for bearing with me.
  6. Is your mind set on an AMD build? I'm building a Sandy Bridge rig this weekend based on these parts that will be here tomorrow or Friday.

    Mobo: ASUS P8P67 LE
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k
    Cooler: CM Hyper 212+
    GPU: MSI HD 6950 2GB
    RAM: Corsair XMS 2x4GB DDR3 1600 (CMX8GXM2A1600C9)
    Case: HAF 912
    Fan: CM Megaflow 200mm (Red)
    PSU: XFX 650W Black Edition
    HDD: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3
    Optical: Lite-On LightScribe 24x SATA DVD+/-RW
    Keyboard: Logitech G110
    Mouse: Logitech MX518

    My total for this was $1115.74 before rebates ($55) and everything but the motherboard shipped for free. Take out the keyboard, mouse and optical drive ($120 savings) and add in this ASUS LCD monitor (1080p, 2ms response, 23.6") and your total is $1121 after rebates. Knock the 2GB HD 6950 down to this Sapphire HD 6850 for roughly $80 more in savings after rebate and your total is down to ~$1040.

    Hope this helps. If you are intersted, I will edit the list with links.
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