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June 12, 2011 3:30:53 AM

I'm building a new PC for Gaming/Work. I have been reading the forums here and was hoping i could get some feedback on the build I put together. I will most likely not be over-clocking immediately but i would like to have the option available for the future. I am looking for this PC to be somewhat future proof, maybe adding a second video card [SLI] in a couple years.

I already have:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

As for the new components:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
Video Card
EVGA DS Superclocked 015-P3-1587-AR GeForce GTX 580 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Cache Drive
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

If you see anything wrong with this build please let me know. Any help would be appreciated.

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June 12, 2011 3:59:56 AM


The i7-2600k offers little to no gaming performance improvement over i5-2500k. They are very similar processors except for the fact that the i7 has hyperthreading. Since games use only 3-4 threads nowadays, you wont see much benefit there, although it may be worth it in the future, or if you do CAD or video editing.

16gb is a real ton of ram. 8gb is more than enough. Then again, i remember not that long ago when 1gb sounded like a lot of ram. Also be aware that the tall heatsinks on that ram might prevent you from fitting all 4 sticks with the hyper 212.

For the ssd, i think you should either go bigger or skip it entirely. 64gb is enough for an OS, but youll be extremely cramped in terms of program installation. It doesnt seem like money is a big issue for you, but if it is, id wait for a sale and snag a ~120gb version.
June 12, 2011 4:13:20 AM

I was thinking i would use the SSD as a HDD cache using the Intel Smart Response Technology on the board.

I was wondering about those heat sinks on the RAM. I don't know if they will interfere with the hyper 212+. Can the RAM heat sinks be removed if necessary?