New some suggestion/help with new build

Hi, this is going to my first time building and I wanted to make sure that all the part will be compatible with one another. My goals with this cpu are mainly for gaming, some OC'ing down the line, and SLI in the future . I am hoping you guys can give me suggestion on a build that I put together.

My main concern is the heat sink and the memory. Will there be a problem with airflow or fitting both of these components into their respective areas? Is the memory compatible with the mother board?
Also, should I get the ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO or the ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1)? Kinda in a dilemma.........

Thanks in an advance for the help!

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)

PSU: OCZ ZX Series 1000W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply

CASE: Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower

Optical drive: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 home

GPU: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
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  1. From the picture of the MB, it appears that the dram slots are far enough away from the cpu to prevent the cooler from interfering with the ram. If you're concerned however, and want to be sure, just order memory with a low profile heat spreader, like this:
  2. MoBo - Nothing you mentioned points to the Z68 being of any value .... read this to see if there is something unmentioned from which you will see a benefit .... I doubt it :

    You might consider something with an NF200 as outlined here:,2910-17.html

    While the NF200 doesn’t completely solve the dearth of PCIe lanes available on LGA 1155 platforms, its ability to send identical data to multiple cards makes it perfect for SLI and CrossFire. That benefit, when combined with the Sandy Bridge processor’s superior performance and overclocking capabilities, slams the lid on the coffin for X58 gaming. Anyone who needs the added flexibility of X58 to host other devices, such as high-end drive controllers or six-core processors in a workstation environment, must bow to the gaming superiority of NF200-equiped Sandy Bridge motherboards like Asus' P8P67 WS Revolution.

    CPU - I also don't see you benefitting from the HT on the 2600k, therefore the 2500k seems like the better option.

    -The 212 is a reat budget cooler .... but you're not building a budget box. Would suggest something better like the Silver Arrow or Hyper 612 (V6 GT too noisy)

    -GFX - Great card ....wonderful in SLI

    - HD is expensive, Id go with the F3

    -RAM - Tall heatsinks are not only a concern for interference but totally useless. The only cooling effect of these big coolers is that they "look cool". While they served a purpose (when they were effective) w/ DDR2, they are absolutely useless on DDR3.
    At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.
    The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.

    -Case / PSU - Two pairings really stand out in my mind, the rest are "also rans"

    Antec DF-85 or 1200 V3 w/ CP-850
    HAF-932 w/ Corsair AX850

    1000 is way big for twin 560's and the one chosen doesn't measure up to the other two whoich get 10.0 perofrmance ratings from jonnyguru. See how the Antec pairings work together here:

    As for "fully modular", it's a silly thing......what is the sense of making modular cables for those cables that your PC can't possibly run without. Hybrid modular where necessary cables are hard wired and optional cables are modular is the way to go.
  3. Seeing as the Z68 mobo aren't that much more expensive than the P67, I'd go with the newer chipset. You'll be more future-proof.

    Don't get the NF200, x8/x8 is enough for SLI. There's NO benefit from x16/x16 and such boards cost much more.

    Hyper 212+ is a budget cooler, but it's a great one. If you can, get the V6, otherwise 212+ is your best bet.

    +1 on the hybrid modular and useless tall RAM heatsink comments, I totally agree.

    If you're only gonna be gaming, indeed, downgrade to i5-2500K. But if you don't mind the extra $100, the 2600K might show its full potential in the future, when more applications and games will use hyperthreading. I'd do it.

    That Corsair case is for water-cooling, IIRC. I'd listen to JackNaylorPE and get the DF-85, or NZXT Phantom, or HAF series... anything that looks good to you and made for air cooling.

    However, the suggested 850W is too much for SLI 560 Ti's. mousemonkey measured his power consumption and it's about 620W for twin 560 Ti's. I'd go with 750W - it's plenty, even if you OC everything.

    Switch to Asus DVD burner - no reason, just if you're getting two Asus parts, why not a third one? :D
  4. Thank you for your input, JackNaylorPE and amk-aka-phantom. It means alot to me that you guys are spending your time to improve my build.
    I have mainly chosen the 1k watt psu and 2600k for future-proof reasons. Plus the PSU is on sale (169 after rebates).

    GPU: I was originally planning to get a GTX 570 card in a few months (in november aka black friday), and use a GTX 560 (that I already have, but it's the model in the link) for the time being. My idea of two GTX 570 with 1k watt PSU was to be safe.

    CASE: The main reason that I chose the Corsair case is that the case stands (or legs) of the case are placed a bit more centered. I am going to put the computer on a table that is 20x20. Many cases I have looked are over 20 inches in length and can pose a problem if the stand (or legs) of the case are at the edge. The DF 85 does look like a perfect case for my situation, since in the picture, it has a completely flat bottom (no case stands). Will having the Corsair be a bad case for air cooling since it was built for water cooling? (I kinda like the look of the white Corsair case)

    Heatsink: I took a look at the V6 and it's a cool-looking heatsink. JackNaylorPE mentioned it being noisy= deal breaker. Would any of the Zalman heatsink be a better contender?

    Trying to be battlefield 3 ready!

    Thanks agian!
  5. I'm not sure, but I think that 1KW PSU for SLI 570's might be still overkill.

    I might be wrong about that Corsair case, that's why I said IIRC. At least that's what I remember about that case from all the building threads I've read. I like the looks of it, too, and the interior doesn't look like the airflow is messed up or anything...

    You already have a GTX 560? But the link says 560 Ti... please, be VERY clear which you mean - nVidia has done as a real favour by making a graphics card with a GTX 560 tag, when everyone was already used to calling the GTX 560 Ti exactly that, simply omitting the Ti.
  6. I apologize for the misunderstanding, it's GTX 560 Ti, it was a typo on my part. Its the exact card that I have linked in my original post. The video card is probably the only cpu part that I do not need to purchase at the moment (unless I want to get the GTX 570 now)
  7. Would
    the ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
    the COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7

    be better for temperature (for OC'ing) with mininal noise.
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