Hello all. I'm interested in doing my first home built pc this summer and have been doing a lot of research. Many of my Google searches have directed me to these forums. I have all my parts chosen out and I'm pretty sure they are compatible and will fit together, I just want to make sure. I also have a few questions about my processor and heatsink/fan set up.
IN WIN Ironclad Black SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case link
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard link
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz link
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 link
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM link
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card link
ASUS Black 24x DVD/CD Read and Write Combo link
RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD link
My only real questions are, will I need to buy an aftermarket heatsink/fan for my CPU and should I go with the i5 2500 over the AMD Phenom x4 975 Black Edition? I did a bit of research and everything I read said that the i5 performed better for gaming, which is really what I'm building this for. Again, I'm pretty certain all of my parts will go together (I've gone over all the connections a hundred times) but I just want to make sure. Also, do you any of you guys recomend any specific book about building a computer? I'd like to read up on this before I begin building but, there are a ton of books to choose from and I don't know which ones are good.Thank you guys for any help.
The ASUS P8P67 motherboard is CrossfireX only (AMD cards) and you have a SLI video card.
Did you want to keep an option open to use a 2nd GTX 570? Your 850W PSU is sized for 2x GTX 570 in SLI.
SLI motherboards: ASUS P8P67 PRO / Asrock P67 Extreme4 / GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 / MSI P67A-GD65
With the extra tall heat sinks of the Vengeance RAM the choice of CPU cooler is complicated a bit.
Since the tall heat sinks are mostly cosmetic I'd suggest going with something like G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB
An aftermarket CPU cooler is not required and the stock heatsink cooler is fine for non-overclocked operation.
But the i5 2500K overclocks so well I think you want to leave your options open and that means using an aftermarket CPU cooler. i5 2500K & CM Hyper 212+ CPU cooler combo
Or is the compatibility issue with multiple cards?
A compatibility issue with multiple Nvidia cards only.
With the AMD cards there is a minor issue that the support for two cards is less than ideal but still possible.
CrossfireX = AMD cards. SLI = Nvidia cards.
another thing...if you wanna save a ltl you can go with a 6970 from amd and the sli thing won't be an issue anymore...I have a 6970 and it will run anything I throw at it...including metro 2033 and other dx11 games at max settings