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New build for new builder.. Please scrutinize!

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August 31, 2011 7:31:33 PM

Hi, I have been visiting tomshardware (aswell as a few other places) for the past month or so to plan my first PC gaming rig. I would like to see myself playing Battlefield 3, Skyrim, SW:TOR on full graphics, with a SLI tri-screen set-up if I were to upgrade 2 x GPU.

So I figure what better place to ask for a little clarity on whether my weeks of research of paid off at all, i'm really only looking for someone with a decent bit of experience in the PC industry to give me a thumbs up or a blunt bit of advise... Whatever gets me set with getting a fresh PC I won't have to update for a while :) 

Here goes:


Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Regarding the build I have a few queries:

Will my Mobo have a slot for a SSD HD?

Does the PSU & Case seem appropriate for the hardware listed above, I am making a mistake by not including extra cooling?

Would you recommend a different Manufacturer of GPU, Mobo, CPU?

Any help/advise would be hugely appreciated !

Sean
August 31, 2011 7:49:31 PM

I'd drop your RAM down to 8, you'll never you 8 even if ur just gaming.
I'd also drop the 2600k to the 2500k as there is no difference if your just gaming and use the money to get a even better GPU. 580 or 6870 X2 <-- THis is better btw
September 1, 2011 5:54:59 AM

Check my sig for ideas :) 
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