First Time Builder - Gaming PC - Critic my build

Budget Range: 1100 Soft (Before / After Rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3, Skyrim)

Parts Not Required: (Mouse,Keyboard, Monitor, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: i5 2500k / 560 ti / z68 (open to suggestions)

Overclocking: Probable

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, not sure what this means.

Monitor Resolution: I had planned on using a 32" Sony Bravia HD LCD TV via HDMI.


Components are as followed:


MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

COMBO GPU/CPU ------------------------------------------

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155

GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit

CPU/GPU Combo 436.98- Save 18.00

COMBO Case/PSU -------------------------------------------

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W

PSU/Case Combo 239.98 - Save 30.00

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

Other Components

Asus DVD drive - 19.99
Seagate Barracude 1 TB Internal Hard Drive - 119.99
Cooler Master 212 Evo - 34.99

TOTAL = 1,155.90
Rebates = -25.00


My Concerns first and foremost are with the system itself.

-Are the parts compatiable?
-Would YOU alter it in anyway? Why?

Also, being a first time builder I'm curious as to what to do once I recieve the parts.

- Can someone with limited knowledge put these part together?
- Do I need any Misc. items in order to complete the build?

I apologize for the lengthly post, however I just want to be thorough in my understanding.

Thank you in advance for any and all input.
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  1. ^+1 Yep, on the money.. Might want to get some thermal paste - Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound - for $6. Best stuff I've found and contains no metals.
  2. Looks like a great build, +1 on thermal paste.
  3. only thing I'd note is 750 is a bit of overkill for a single 560, but its at a very good deal
  4. ScrewySqrl said:
    only thing I'd note is 750 is a bit of overkill for a single 560, but its at a very good deal

    its also a very expensive model of psu. you can get good quality psu's without spending that much.Save some money on the PSU and get something from the corsair TX series or antec trupower new. spend the rest on a better hard drive, seagate are crap. Samsung or WD is what you want.
  5. If you do lower the cost of your psu you may want to consider the sapphire 6950 toxic as with the dual bios switch it is basically a 6970 for much cheaper.
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