Need help selecting components for first PC build.

Hey guys. I've been looking for a good PC forum to get some help, and this looks like a great community.

In a month or so I want to build my first PC. I really don't know a whole lot about hardware, so I need some help deciding what to get. My budget is $2000, but if I don't have to spend it all that would be a plus. The computer will be used for everything. Gaming, HD video editing, photo editing and some music production., etc... One major reason I want a new PC is for the upcoming BF3.

I've just done a little bit of research and I think I have a basic idea of what I want, but I need some help making sure everything is compatible and if it's a good idea to get it.

So far I'm thinking:
Intel Core i7 2600k CPU - $330
MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) 1155 Intel P67 Motherboard - $164
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 Memory* - $95
Intel X25-M 2.5" 120GB SATA II SSD - $230
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 Video Card - $350
CORSAIR HX Series 850W Power Supply - $165
ZALMAN 135mm CPU Cooler - $70
LG 10X Blu-ray Burner - $90
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case - $54
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit - $140

I'm not sure if that is the best RAM. On the motherboard specs it says 1600 is compatible, but theres an asterisk so I don't know what that means.

Would that be a pretty decent setup? Will all of that work together? Is there anything I should change?

I'm also looking for a guide or walkthrough on how to properly build a computer. I want to make sure I do it properly.

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  1. The Antec 300 is a bit small for a $2000 system.

    MoBo - Check to confirm that MSI MoBo will be PCI-E x8 x8 and not 2nd one x4. The P8P67 Pro is the THG pick in this category but not back on newegg just yer .... figure a few more days.

    Corsair 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 is $4 more. But CAS 7 is avialble for

    X25-M is two generations back. Vertex 3 is the "king in waiting" but hasn't dropped in the channel yet .... supposed to be by end of March. Intel 510 is the current king and is available.

    Corsair HX850 is a great PSU.....and the current $150 price tag is attractive. But the XFX Black is easily it's equal and is $20 less.

    I'd recommend the CP-850, also an easy equal to the HX850 but it won't fit in the 300.
    It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise.

    Zalman gets beat by the $40 Mugen 2.....the Thermalright Silver Arrow is current champ.

    Here's a recent $2k ($1,887) build I did:

    Case - $140 - Antec DF-85
    PSU - $110 - Antec CP-850
    Case Window Fan - $15 - Antec 120 mm Fan
    MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe Mugen 2
    TIM - $5 Shin Etsu 751
    RAM - $155 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7
    GFX - $260 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
    GFX - $260 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
    SSD - $290 - Intel 510 120GB
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS
    OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM

    The GTX 560 Ti at factory OC'd 900 MHz is a rockin card. It benches close on the heels of the 570 and 6970. AT current prices, ya could have two of them and come in $100 below budget . And it can be easily OC's to 1000 MHz (see comparable Asus Cu model review at bottom of page here)

    Or .... get the 570. AT $'s $70 more than the OC'd 560 Ti and would bring your total to $2,027 for twin 570's. The Case, PSU, side fan and MoBo can all handle twin 570's.

    As for a guide .... the Motherboard manual will be a pretty good guide. I'd suggest that you download the manual and print it on the day you order ya parts. Read it, highlight it, study it, and then when parts arrive you will be ready to go.
  2. I like that build setup JackNaylor, but I feel like he'd get some good use of the i7's hyperthreading for his editing work.
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