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My first build please critique

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September 27, 2011 10:55:19 PM

Ok, My budget is $1000, and i plan to play a fair amount of games, and a little CAD editing for school. I also plan to OC eventually. So here's what i have so far.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 and Intel 2600K combo $494.98 before $15 MIR

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 59.99 after $10 promo

PNY VCGGTX560TXPB-OC2-S GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 234.99 before $30 MIR

OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W 99.99 before $25 MIR

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 59.99 before $10 MIR

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner and Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB combo $57.48

$15 for shipping and im at $1,007.70 before the rebates
So if you could try to help me get a lower price with the same performance of better that would be awesome.

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September 27, 2011 11:46:41 PM

Will you need an OS?
What about a CPU Cooler to overclock?
Is your plan to SLI in the future? If not, maybe you don't need a 750W PSU.
People on newegg seem to like your motherboard.
Combo looks good, since I guess an i7 provides benefits for CAD work through hyperthreading.
September 28, 2011 12:04:34 AM

I have an extra copy of win 7.
I plan to OC later on, not right away.
I dont plan on having SLI so what size would you recommend? 650W?
September 28, 2011 8:03:49 AM

I think you are pretty much at the sweet spot, other than since you are gaming you would do just fine with i5 2500k, which would save you $100 or so.

Having the 750W PSU lets you easily OC CPU & GPU's with 560Ti SLI so I would keep the 750W psu.