New build, seeking input before I buy

Approximate Purchase Date: Funds are secured, next few days

Budget Range: $2250-$2500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming, media storage, creating newsletters, web site design

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Open to suggestions

Overclocking: yes, future

SLI or Crossfire: yes, future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I plan to run sli, overclock, and install a water cooling system at some point. Probably will add some more storage as well. Those are future projects however, I do not want to overwhelm myself. Looking into learning more about what I can do with computers as a hobby.


Computer Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X nVidia Edition NV-942-KKN1 Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power Supply

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

Internal SSD: Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW120G3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Internal hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Blu-Ray Burner: LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support

Monitor: Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
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  1. It all works fine

    At that budget I'd buy a bigger monitor , or maybe a bigger 3D monitor , and a second 570

    also an aftermarket cpu cooler
    Scythe Mugen , Hyper 212
  2. Thanks for the input, I plan on getting a second 570 as a birthday present for myself.

    Why an aftermarket cpu cooler? Will the stock one not be adequate?
  3. Aftermarket coolers are generally bigger , with more surface area and larger fans . They lower the processor temperature and usually make less noise .

    When you start overclocking you will need one

    Many people are using the coolermaster Hyper 212 with sandybridge processors and getting good results .
  4. Go down to i5-2500k and go for 8Gb of ram like this one
  5. Thanks for the input. Question about aftermarket air coolers. Do they include thermal paste or do I have to buy that separately?
  6. They usually do, it should say on the page too.
  7. Stock Paste is
    If you plan on doing over-clocking, as you do get some good thermal paste.
    Arctic Silver 5 is the goto product and scores incredibly high-remarks, I use it on all my builds, and the gain is noticeable, 1/2 a grain of uncooked rice is all you should apply to a large CPU. Less is more and if your temps are high, clean off the CPU and Heat sink and apply less
    If you feel more daring, (check the reviews first) a diamond based compound is superior as crystalline carbon (diamond, graphite, ...) is thermally very conductive to a far superior extent.
  8. and if u don't care how much money u spend go for

    otherwise there is no big difference between stock past and 30 bucks one. All of them will perform about the same it's all about cooler that is sitting on top
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