First Time Builder, Advice/Comments on this Setup

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

ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

Graphics Card:
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CD/DVD Drive:
ASUS Black 24x DVD/CD Read and Write Combo

Power Supply:
RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD

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.
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  1. Hello Berkut47;

    In Win Ironclad Case Review

    RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W PSU - have you found any reviews of this PSU?

    Examples: XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W PSU
    HardOCP review - JonnyGuru review - HardwareSecrets review
  2. 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
  3. I'm just looking to use one graphics card, will I have to choose a new motherboard if I want to use just a single 570GTX? Or is the compatibility issue with multiple cards?
  4. You motherboard will work fine for just a single 570 but you will not have the same upgrade options if you were to buy a SLI motherboard.
  5. No need to change motherboards for a single GTX 570.

    And with just a single GTX 570 planned you can dial back the PSU a couple notches and still have plenty of power with a high quality 650W PSU.
    XFX XXX 650W $59 a/r or Corsair TX650 V2 $80 a/r
    XFX XXX 650W review
  6. berkut47 said:
    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.
  7. your build is fine the way it is...I have a similiar build...have same processor and ram...have a coolermaster v6 gt cooler on a p67 asus sabertooth and it has no problem running into the ram
  8. 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
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