First Build Need Help

I am not quite sure if all of this is compatible. I plan on adding an additional 6950 2gb and some ssds in the next couple of months, but this is what I am starting with. I will be using this rig to play games(3d games, skyrim, star wars the old republic) as well as do some video editing and multitasking. I plan on overclocking the cpu as well as my video cards. How does this rig look. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video
Card with ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127588

SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031

KINGWIN ABT-1050MM 1050W ATX 12V v2.2 / EPS 12V v2.91 / SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121070

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231468

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AB-GP 200mm Blue LED Case Fan

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
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  1. Looks like it would all work. First of all, just remember that if you are adding in a SSD later, you'll want to reinstall Windows on it most likely. It's a bit less work to buy it first of all and just install Windows once.

    Secondly, I'd suggest getting this for your DVD drive (it burns DVDs also):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136216

    Thirdly, your CPU cooler is a little bit older, but still decent. Here is Zalman's newest one for only $10 more - it'll perform a lot better:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118091&Tpk=cnps11

    Or grab this, works almost as good for a bit less:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212-_-35-103-065-_-Product

    And last but not least, I'd highly recommend swapping out that power supply. That Kingwin one with a 1 year warranty is a bit scary to me. It's not that good of a deal either. I'd suggest getting something made by Corsair, Seasonic or Antec. You only need a good 650w power supply to run Crossfire 6950s.
    Good:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    Better:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
    Best:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016
  2. I second the "change the PSU" suggestion. Any of the ones mentioned will be good, I would also add this PP&C 910W if you really want the extra wattage (which you don't really need even if you add a 2nd video card).
  3. Thanks guys. Any other suggestions?
  4. You're better off with this cooler for your 2500K.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150&cm_re=frio-_-35-106-150-_-Product
    I use same one on my 2500k and my temp is 38C idle.
  5. Maybe you'd be interested in buying a reference 6950 that can be unlocked to a 6970. Would that be good enough for overclocking your GPU?
  6. Yea I was looking into that but what is a good 6950 that has 2 bios switches.
  7. Also is there anything I am missing?
  8. Which 6950 has 2 bios switches or can be unlocked I refer to the newegg reviews to decide. I think all the reference ones are good to choose except I think I may have read that XFX decided to removed the bios switch from their card but I'm also not sure if it's from their reference card. Check through the reviews as if it's unlockable, then somebody has stated so in the review.

    As far as DVD drive goes; my thought is the cheapest one I can get (including shipping) from newegg would be good enough. Burn speeds might be a just a tad slower but I don't burn DVD's anyway and the read speeds will be the same compared to higher priced drives and that's all that really matters usually.

    Your CPU, board, and case seem to be very popular and highly recommended components so I'm assuming those are golden. You're RAM might be faster than you need, I'm not sure. You could probably save some cash and go with the DDR3 1600 version of the ram you chose. I don't think you'll lose any overclocking headroom or anything but somebody else might be able to chime in on that advice.

    I agree with the suggestion for a better brand that Kingwin for a PSU. If you get 6950's to unlock to 6970's, you'll want a 750W PSU as bare minimum system crossfiring 6970's pulls about 550W as was tested by TweakTown in an article I read from them. As far as which PSU, I'm a believe in PC Power & Cooling if you can find one for a good price. But the Corsairs that jason also recommended are great too. You'll want to look for a PSU that's bronze, silver or gold certified like jason linked from newegg.

    For CPU cooler, the cooler master hyper 212 that jasonw223 recommended is another very popular and highly recommended component I keep seeing in these threads. I'd go with that one.
  9. Thanks guys i went with the fan jason recommended and the psu zenthar recommended now all I need to do is find a gpu with 2 bios switches and determine if I should get an ssd now or wait til later.
  10. Well, I looked on newegg and there aren't any reference 6950's in stock at all, 1GB or 2GB versions. Might be able to find some on another site like Amazon or Buy.com but not sure if you'll have to pay tax. Ebay possibly but if it's a reference card they're probably trying to sell it a little higher just because it can be unlocked. You could try your luck anyway though.
  11. I think i found some on tiger direct.
  12. jdm4936 said:
    I think i found some on tiger direct.



    As long as it's the cards with the single fan all the way at the end of the card and exhaust out the other side then you should be good. Check the reviews for confidence though, people should be posting that they were able to unlock it.
  13. Will i need to purchase any additional chords for audio or video or anything extra. Does everything I need for the build come with the components?
  14. Video cords come with a monitor when you buy one, audio cords come with speakers. Everything else is in there already.
  15. As far as I can see, you'll need the following:

    2x SATA cables (Mobo comes with 2)
    Power cable (PSU comes with 1)
    Video cable
    Speaker/audio cables

    The only cables left to worry about are video and audio. If you have a computer now with speakers, then you should be able to just reuse the cables you're using for video and audio now as I'm guessing you're reusing a previous monitor and speaker set since you've not mentioned buying new ones.


    EDIT: jason posted as I was replying. So yea, what he said is what I was trying to say.
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