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First time building (gaming computer)

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November 2, 2011 10:15:56 PM

This is my first time building a gaming computer, and I would appreciate tips, improvements, and anything else.
My parts are as follow:
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
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
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4B1333C9
ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623i72700K
I am planning to stream on
My budget is 2000~ but I can go a little bit over
November 2, 2011 11:19:33 PM

Resolution? I'm going to assume 1920x1080 for now.
-2500K, for sure. The 2600K (and certainly the 2700K) are only justified for 580 SLI and above, though 580 SLI is probably the bottom end. The 2500K is excellent.
-Hyper 212 EVO, I'd say.
-That motherboard's way too expensive. With a single card, you can go with something like a P8P67 LE at $140. Crazy mobos are usually for SLI setups.
-That case seems pretty expensive for something practically indistinguishable from Newegg's $50 options, but cases go by stylistic preferences, so do as you wish.
November 2, 2011 11:28:15 PM

I'm not following Systems sections always but let me give you some advice.
For the PSU, OCZ ModXStream, StealsXtream & Cooler Master GX series do have some creepy reviews when going SLI/CF so if you're considering CF/SLI in future you gonna need to swap that PSU for something like this

Also, GTX 580 is 20% faster than GTX 570, you might consider 2 GTX 560Ti in SLI, would perform better.
Like said above, the 2500K is doing like the 2600K in most gaming situations.

EDIT: Right now HDDs 1 TB equals the same price of a 128 GB SSD, so you might get a Used HDD and consider SSD for faster access times and fast I/O operations and transfer rate speeds.
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November 2, 2011 11:31:41 PM

Can you link me the 2500K version, I can't seem to find it.
November 2, 2011 11:44:33 PM

I'm now planning to get dual GTX 560 ti, should I still get the i5 2500K?
November 2, 2011 11:46:15 PM

Yes it's strong enough to handle 3-GTX 580s in SLI.
I see everything else is fine.
November 2, 2011 11:59:22 PM

How do I know if a motherboard supports SLI?
November 3, 2011 12:03:02 AM

Any motherboard has 2 PCIE 2.0 X16 slots or more than that supports SLI. The Sabertooth supports that.