My first build

This is my first build, after doing some research and reading some of the previous posts on the forum this is what I thought would be the best setup for me. Is there anything here that really does not belong or is not necessary, also is everything compatible with each other. I apologize for any mistakes I have made while selecting this stuff, as I said I am new and have very little experience with building a computer.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next 3-4 months, hopefully before Christmas

Budget Range: $1,500-$3,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies, MS Office, surfing.

Parts Not Required: Windows 7 64-bit OS, Speakers, Mouse.

Preferred Website for Parts:

Country of Origin: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: I want to stick with Intel and Nvidia for processor and graphics, but for everything else I really don’t care, as long as it’s quality.

Overclocking: Maybe

Upgrading: I would like to have the option to upgrade the system in future years, but also want a system that is going to be usable for at least 5-6 years.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, later after 580 cards are cheaper

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Parts I have already picked out:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

MOBO:ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

This is not on the QVL but it does meet all of the connection requirements, and would there be a problem with adding an extra 2-4 GBs of RAM on later (or is 8GBs enough).

Graphics Card:EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Would it be worth the money to by an SSD or is the drive I have now sufficient, if so what should I look for.

PSU: ENERMAX MODU87+ EMG700AWT 700W (Peak 770W) ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

DVD/CD-ROM Drive: SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B – OEM

Would I be better suited to buy a slightly more expensive drive or is this good enough for gaming and normal use.

Internal Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate

Monitor: ASUS VE258Q Black 25" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1 ASCR

Keyboard: Logitech G510 Black 18 Function Keys USB Wired Gaming Keyboard

CPU Fan: LOGISYS Computer IC221PWM 92mm Hydro Theta 21 PWM Intel LGA 1156 CPU Cooling

Case Fan: I have a couple that I think would work but it is really worth my money to buy an extra fan for the case or does it already have enough.
7 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about build
  1. Best answer
    The parts you have listed seems to be a mixed set of things from low to high quality.

    i5 2500k ~$220 - good choice

    CPU cooler:
    Your choice is lowsy. Suggestions: Cooler Master Hyper 212 + or EVO $28-35, Scythe Mugen 3 $45

    P67 or Z68 based motherboard is the way to go, not sure if that asus board is the best available.
    Pretty much choose one which comes with the Gen3 PCIe support once Ivy bridge hits.
    Asrock Z68 Extreme 3/4 Gen3 are good choices
    While pricy the P8Z68 Gen3 offering from Asus is good as well.

    Corsair vengeances work fine, also GSkill has bunch of different sets that work for you as long as they are.
    2x4GB 1.5V or less CAS9 1600Mhz.

    GPU: Well GTX580 is powerful for sure, if you want that much juice, go for it.

    Well the HAF X is a good case and it's huge. If you like that case it's hard to go wrong with it.
    Other choices exist in that segment as well. HAF 932 is pretty good, same with Corsair 500R.

    Since you intend to go SLI with GTX580, i would recommend ~1000W PSU for it.
    Can't go wrong with Seasonic Platinum 1000W $259.99
    Amazing PSU with 80+ platinum efficiency and provides stable power for your system.
    The one you selected is not bad, just not up to running 2xGTX580.

    Get a DVD burner. The 24x DVD burners from Sony, Asus, Lite-On etc are about $19-$24.

    That HDD is really expensive, while it's probably good you most likely could do with less space and then add if you run out.
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for storage drive is fine.

    Yes it's worth it to get an SSD. Sata III based drives in the 120GB range let you install OS, SW and most likely a few games on it too.
    Corsair Force 3 has been on nice sales lately, so nice pricewise.
    OCZ Vertex 3 is great, I have one of those and it's quite nice.
    Then going up in price a bit you get other Sandforce based SSD's that use faster memory chips than the Vertex 3.

    This is up to what you want, so your choice is fine.

    The asus monitor is fine, but there are others choices in that price range as well.

    Any extra fans, i would say get them if you have issues with temps, most likely you wont.

    As for the other things like card readers, most of them will work fine.
  2. Thank you for your quick response, I have one question.

    1.The video card uses a PCIE 2.0 x16 connector, will that work with the PCIE 3.0 expansion slots.
  3. Yes, the PCIe is backwards compatible.
  4. This is the updated parts:

    PSU:ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ ERV1020EWT 1020W (Peak 1120W) ATX12V / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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

    Hard Drive:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    SSD:Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Burner:Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

    CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

    Is there anything that I missed
  5. Those should do. 120GB SSD would probably be better, but it would be an extra $60-80.
    Since there is a sale on the 120GB OCZ vertex 3.

    For the ~60GB size the crucial M4 is a good choice too, not sure on what the pricing on those is atm.
  6. Sorry, it seems I copied the wrong size drive, I was looking at both the 60GB and 120GB

    This would be the correct drive:

    OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Thanks for all of your help, this has helped me a lot in understanding the various components.
  7. Best answer selected by Marine678.
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Systems Product