First time build, need compatibility check

This is the very first time try to make my own CPU so I'll be very grateful to anyone willing to help, so here we go.

Approximate Purchase Date: 6/12/2011 is when I planned this setup.

Budget Range: $1500 After Rebates (includes keyboard, display and sound)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, then everyday stuff.

Parts Not Required: Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: U.S

Parts Preferences: I;m completely new to this so I don't know which is good

Overclocking: no, I'm worried about the risks and blowing my money

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, with NVIDIA

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200

Operating System: Windows 7 ult, 64-bit

Additional Comments: Looking for a CPU that will last a long time for a long time. Currently the biggest problem I have is knowing whether or not the components are all compatible. I have made a list of components I would like but their not written in stone. Any help and suggestions will be greatly welcomed. Also I'm completely new to this so please keep the jargon down.

My list:

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

One of the most confusing components to figure out, this might be the most help I need.

Graphic Card:
1) 2x MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

1) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
2) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

I can't tell the difference between them, though if you have suggestions that better than either than by all means.

Hard Drive:
1) Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Honestly I kinda chose this by random, again I don't know which hard drive is best for a gaming rig.

1) Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600

I choose this because it was 'recommended' when buying the motherboard that I chose above, so....

1) CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
2) CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

I heard its better to go more than end up less with power, unfortunately I don't know how much power this rig is gonna need.

Optical Drive:

I'm not looking for anything fancy, these days you can get best games through the internet (steam).

Computer Cases:
1) Antec Lanboy Air

I honestly don't know, please give suggestions.


1) COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

I heard getting heat sinks can mean the diff between light and day as well as help extend your cpu's life.

Also, stupid question: How do I get wireless internet on this? Is it already built in?
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  1. ^ From your above post, it is clear that you are new to this,... And first of all, you dont call it a CPU, the CPU is a part of the PC, which goes onto the motherboard, which goes inside the computer case,... So it would be better if you refer to it as just PC,...

    CPU + Motherboard(Mobo as it is commonly referred to)
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    If the PC is going to be mainly for gaming, then even the i5 2500 should do,...

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    PSU + HDD
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    As for your question - If you want wireless, then you need to add a wireless adapter or use a USB wireless devices,...

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  2. Thank you so much for the suggestions, and yes I am really new to this. I decided to take your suggestion and go for the i5 processor. I would just like to double check that all the components are compatible. This is the update rig per your suggestion:

    MOBO & Processor:
    ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

    PSU + HDD:
    Corsair 750TX + Samsung F3 1TB

    LIAN LI Lancool PC-K63 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    The case should be able to fit all the components but could someone also double check in case I missed something.
    And what is the main difference between a wireless adapter and a USB wireless device?
  3. Oh and the graphic card is still the MSI GTX560ti from the original rig
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