FIrst Build Help

Ok, so I've been thinking about putting together a new computer for about a year now, and I finally have enough "pocket change" to get my first gaming rig. I am having a good bit of trouble deciding on some of these parts and to top it off; the EVGA GTX 560 Ti I was going to get is out of stock at newegg...and so is my backup, the superclocked version, go figure. Wanted to just get all my parts from Newegg as I want some continuity in where my parts are shipped from and heard their customer service is great. If anyone has an idea of when these GPUs will be back in stock that would be great. But back to my main problem, here is the list of parts I've put together, suggestions are more than welcome.

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604
Or the superclocked version, whatever comes in stock first

Motherboard: (having a really hard time deciding what board to get, want to do SLI in the future so more than one PCI 2.0 slot is needed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 (Think there's 2 PCI 3.0, do cards that fit in 2.0 work in 3.0?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130574
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

HDD: (So many choices...suggestions)

PSU: (Keep hearing that you should get a good quality power supply, ideas? Want to do future SLI)

Case: (Bad cable management, excellent cooling apparently, but if I have too much trouble I may just take a dremel to it heh)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Monitor: (All I have is a crappy CRT monitor...so definitely need a newer one)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049

As you can see I have a good ways to go before I can say this list is complete but that's why I really need some help. I will mainly be playing games on it, so basically any good game coming out I'll most likely be getting it, most prevalent being Skyrim, The Witcher 2, BF3 (Medium settings xD). Anyway I just need some feedback on what I've got going here. Thanks in advance!
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  1. ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $239.99 and a $10 rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $249.99 and a $10 rebate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

    EVGA DS SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $259.99 and a $10 rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130657

    These cards are in stock and the motherboard has two slots for sli.
  2. Yeah that board looks to be about the same and a good bit cheaper, and has two 2.0 slots, sweet. Is the only difference between the cards the warranty, one is 3 year limited it seems and the one I was looking at was lifetime, huh! May get them if the others aren't in stock when I'm looking to buy in the next couple weeks. Alright now any PSU/HDD suggestions?
  3. i would suggest SSD's for your primary drives

    Kingston SSDNow V Series
    http://www.eio.com/p-25199-kingston-snv425-s2128gb-ssdnow-v-series-25-128gb-sata-ii-internal-solid-state-drive-ssd.aspx

    CORSAIR 128 GB Internal Solid State Drive
    http://www.eio.com/p-28124-corsair-cssd-v128gb2-brkt-128-gb-internal-solid-state-drive.aspx

    OCZ Vertex 2 120 GB Internal Solid State Drive
    http://www.eio.com/p-29263-ocz-oczssd32vtx120g-vertex-2-120-gb-internal-solid-state-drive.aspx

    and get a regular SATA drive for your secondary, mainly for storage and backups with more capacity.
  4. It doesn't matter what mainboard you get, all the one's you picked out are the same except for some minor features. There's no need to get an EVGA GPU. They're overpriced and you don't get that much more from them. Get an ASUS or a GIGABYTE. They're both great manufacturers.

    You don't want that ram. You want this ram.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
    Trust me, it's different. I'm not going too deep into why, but this ram was built for your motherboard.

    HDD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792
    Primary SSD is a good idea, then do one of the above drives for programs, games and other stuff.
    PSU
    If you really do plan on doing some future SLI, you'll need at the bare minimum, a 750W. I'd get a 1000W just to be safe. Corsair PSUs are as nice as they get, but Rosewill is stepping up to the plate and providing some great products. I'd proudly represent either of them.

    Case
    Have fun with that, but I'd get a Cooler Master.

    Monitor
    Doesn't matter, but the second one is better.

    Hope I helped.
  5. Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $139.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371050

    COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply $79.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $89.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $139.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers $199.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049

    These are also my recomendations.
  6. If you have the budget then get a SSD for the OS ;

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $203.99 and a $30 rebate for $173.99 and the read/write speeds are great. 555/515

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191

    The Corsair SSD has some of the higher read/write speeds of all the SSD's. I have the 180gb version and am very happy with it.
  7. Don't want to blow off the SSD idea but I really don't want to spend that much money on a drive that isn't that big. I know SSds are faster and much better in general but I just don't have the money to spare. Thanks for the RAM idea DrAwesome. Inzone, I was actually looking at the HAFs earlier this week. Don't know why I didn't keep that in my head. That hard drive looks pretty sweet too, though I'm a sucker for basing a purchase on what others have to say, 59% 5 star reviews? Eh, should I still get it? And I was also thinking the same on the monitors.
  8. Just for future reference, sometimes the reviews don't mean anything. I've bought things that only had 10 reviews, where each of the reviews were one star because the product broke within the first day or week. A lot of the time, the people using the product and writing the reviews are just too stupid to figure out how to use it correctly. For example, Corsair Force 3 SSD. Two months ago, they all had nearly 200 1 star reviews because of BSOD issues, but that was because people didn't read the directions taht said to disable HDD power saver mode in windows Vista and 7. People are stupid, the reviews reflect that. It's important to identify whether a review is applicable or the reviewer is just stupid.
  9. True, and I also realize that people will be more likely to leave a negative review just for the sake of complaining opposed to them being happy with the product and just resuming their lives. But I'll keep that in mind heh. How much would you say is paying too much for an 850 watt power supply that is modular...the one I'm looking at is 170 but I REALLY think that's pushing it, or am I just overreacting at the price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
  10. You'll want v3 of the Antec 900, comes with airfilters and usb3.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
  11. Nice, be getting that too lol. Anyone have anything to say about that PSU?
  12. For $30 less you can get the Antec I listed and it has exellent reviews , I always stay with companies that specialize in what they sell and Antec has always made good power supplies.
  13. Again, Corsair is top of the line. They will last forever. I proudly boast a 1000W Rosewill with no problems in the year that I've owned it. $175 is a lot for a PSU, but expected from Corsair.
    The ASRock board that you picked out is just like all the other P67 boards, just with a few extra features like instant boot, multi fan speed control, and O.C. utilities.

    Have fun, and good luck.
  14. Alright so basically doesn't matter what Mobo I get, as they'll all pretty much be the same. And I think I have a bit better of an idea of what to get now. Thanks for the posts ; D
  15. hey brother, I wouldn't recommend the EVGA if you plan on overclocking. EVGA doesn't make their products able to be OC'd tbh. And while my twin 560 ti's from them work quite well, I'd go with MSI instead. MSI is extremely easy to oc from my understanding (and what my buddys rave about them). The lifetime warranty from EVGA is epic, you only need a 1 to 3 year warranty, because you'll end up upgrading either your computer or your GFX cards by then anywho :]

    for your PSU, plug all of your components into a power calculator. (http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp)

    this is what i use. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015

    Modulars have great cable managment. Also, you wanna pay attention to the badge (Bronze, Silver, and Gold). Bronze being the lowest % of power efficiency, and gold being the highest.

    Corsair makes them from 650 all the way up to 1200. I have a 850 because that's actually what i need :P


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194

    Thats the case i use, it has great cooling, phenomenal cable management, and the case is rock freakin SOLID. I love it :]
  16. Nice case, thing looks like a beast! Yeah I was looking into getting an 800ish PSU, either the one I listed earlier or the Asus inzone suggested (though its non-modular). The reason I was looking into the EVGA opposed to the MSI Twin Frozr II, is because I heard of a lot of artifacting and the need of RMA and also EVGAs lifetime warranty, though I agree that 2 to 3 years is plenty. EVGA one also seems to have less issues, but I am considering just going MSI. Decisions decisions...
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