Help me finish my first build.

Hello everyone! I'm trying to put together my first desktop gaming computer and after endless back and forth I've decided I really need some guidance on how to move forward. What I'm trying to do is build a system that will handle everything I can throw at it now while choosing components that lend themselves to being upgraded easily.

I'm going to start with one GPU but I want to be able to add a second down the road and I want components that lend themselves to overclocking my cpu when the time comes. The thing is I'm still not an expert on how everything all works together so any advice and suggestions are appreciated! I'm trying to stay under $1200 as well.

Specific questions:

I'm most concerned with the motherboard because I have absolutely no idea what I'm looking so suggestions and advice on this topic are appreciated.

In my price range (<$1200) should I start with a 560 Ti and grab another when the time comes or should I start off with a 570/580?

For ram what is timing? I'm looking on newegg and seeing various combinations of 4 numbers.. what is the best "timing" to look for?

Processor: i5-2500k
Graphics Card: gtx 560 Ti
Hard Drive:
Power Supply:
DVD drive:

So what should I fill out the rest of the system with?
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  1. mobo+ram (currently an excellent deal, but there are many great p67 and z68 boards to choose from):
    however, im concerned with recent reliability issues that seem to be cropping up with the twin frozr. id personally go with the ASUS or EVGA, but there are many people who are quite happy with their twin frozrs.

    hdd: the spinpoint is popular for the reason, and no the 3gb/s connection does not slow it down:
    psu: 750w is perfect for 2 560 ti's.
    cooling: the old favorite, hyper 212+, has returned to a reasonable price on newegg:
    dvd: meh, i like the sony optiarc because its all black:

    case: pick one youd like, here might be my top picks (i personally have an antec 300 illusion with the LED's disabled. i like the plain black box look, and so does the lady), but there are definitely many great cases out there:
  2. + for above rig
  3. Thank you genghiskron I appreciate the reply. Plus your build came in at 929.00 shipped before rebates and leaves room to add another GPU if I find it it necessary.. now I've just got to put the thing together.
  4. sean518 said:

    Nice build. :)

    If it's in your budget I suggest putting this on there also. $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
    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
  5. looks good. i would invest in a better motherboard though- . get the non superclocked version of the 560 ti. it is really easy to get it to 900mhz especially w/ an aftermarket cooler- . case wise i would also get something that had more fans-
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