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New Gaming build HELP... need advice on finishing touch

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October 19, 2011 7:16:51 PM

I am building a new Gaming comp with a $1500-1800$ budget... i am purchasing the parts from CompUsa and have a good part of it picked out but am open to changes based on your opinions.... I plan on going SLI in the future but i already have a EVGA GTX570 OC, and a samsung monitor... i plan on purchasing another 570 to SLI.... this is my 1st build but my roomate has decent experience building, just want to make sure i have chosen properly...
this is what i have in the cart so far...

RAM- 2x - C13-5720 ::Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered(0.6 lbs)

PSU- K450-2556 ::Kingwin LZG-1000 LAZER 1000w Power Supply - 140MM Blue LED Fan, 80+ Gold, Modular, Auto Fan Speed Control(8.75 lbs)

MB- A455-3056 ::ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z68 Express, 2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, 8-CH Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, CrossFireX/SLI Ready, Bluetooth(4.6 lbs)

CASE- C13-6400 ::Corsair CC-9011011-WW Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Case - ATX, mATX, 4x Ext 5.25" Bays, 6x Int 3.5" Bays, 2x 120mm White LED Fans, 1x 120mm Fan, 2x USB 3.0 and 1x FireWire Front Ports(20.2 lbs)
(very open to changing the case really unsure)

CPU-I69-2500K ::Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail(0.8 lbs)

Any help or advice is more than appreciated as i plan on making the comp last a while and hope i am on the right track.... If you have a better build in the same price range please post....
Thank you again,

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October 19, 2011 9:38:37 PM

Overall, well done!

The psu you chose is not a bad choice:

But you don't need 1,000W to drive 2x570. This shows 2x570 running at full stress on an OC'd 965 platform at 578W from the wall (<520W from the PSU):

A high-quality 850W unit is fine, and will likely allow the unit to operate more efficiently when the system is idling. This Corsair is a good one, and will save you $60:

Cases are very much a personal choice after a point. I always ask folks who are considering SLI and a large case to take a look at the Silverstone FT02. 3x200mm bottom fans blow cool air upwards through your graphics cards (the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees). This is a positive pressure case, meaning that the only air entering the case comes via those 3 filtered fans = cool, quiet, no dust inside the case:
October 21, 2011 1:35:43 AM

appreciate the advice on the psu, will save me some $$$....

after looking at that case it fits perfect, i dont care for anything flashy n that fits the mold...

thanks again
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October 21, 2011 2:03:26 AM

I really think you will like the case, especially if it fits your sense of style. Remember, you can get it with or without a window whichever suits you best.

I found two glitches I'll pass on to you. The case includes a strap for extra psu support. You may or may not be able to use it, or figure out how to use it, depending on your psu. I opted to ignore it as it is unnecessary in practical use.

The second is the shape and location of the "power on" button. It is barely distibuishable by touch from the rest of the case, making it difficult (at first) to blindly reach under the desk and hit it. But even an old dog like me eventually gets it right lol.

The flip side of its location is that I inevitably accidentally power up the PC when sliding it back under the desk after (eg) a filter cleaning. It's right where my left thumb seems to want to be when doing that lol.

Enjoy the build!
October 28, 2011 5:42:12 AM

Best answer selected by topgun0254.
November 3, 2011 11:20:52 PM

i built the comp... i didnt use rec case as i couldnt get in time... i have a question and ive copied here... not sure if you have any suggestions but figured id ask... thanks again for all the help!!

I just finished my 1st build, and i am confused as i am pretty new to the idea.... i mostly play games but the idea of customizing my performance is what intrigued me into the build in the 1st place... basically i just need recommended settings to enter for a decent overclock nothing crazy... i have tried the asus AI suite 2 for a auto overclock but cannot tell if its working.... any advice would be more than appreciated....

here are the parts....

mb- Asus P8P67 WS REVOLUTION 3.0
CPU- I7-2600K
CPU cooler- Corsair H80 water (pretty sure its on correctly as my cpu temp is 30c no load and havent got an accurate temp full load)
Case Thermaltake level 10
GraphicsCard EVGA GTX570 SC (twmpa dont go over 65c even underload)
Power- Corsair AX850W
HardDrive- 1 TB baracuda seagate 7200rpm
optical- BlueRay LiteOn
RAM- 16gb pny DDR3 1600Mhz

thanks in advance, and thanks for the help as i am lost and need beginners guidance...