First time builder

First time PC builder. Trying to do research online and everything and coming up with a "list" that I think will give me a good gaming system. Please feel free to tells what I am doing wrong and what I should change because there is no way I have this all correct. This is going to be strictly gaming as I have my laptop for everyday use.

-Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3
-PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
-Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card powered by THX TruStudio Pro
-ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM
-Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-ASUS ENGTX560 DC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
-Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
-x4 Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9/4G

I made sure the motherboard worked with the CPU and cards or at least I believe they do based off of the manufacturers site. I know this is a pretty penny pc but I want to get it right the first time and have an ultimate gaming experience. Am I going overboard in areas? Or am I using the wrong stuff? Would love any feedback as this is a big project I am taking on.
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  1. -
    -I would look at a GPU around 650W for what you want.
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    -Unless you have some special need for a sound card, don't get one. They tend to have buggy drivers and onboard has been the go to for years now.
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    -You could upgrade to a 560ti (or higher since it looks like you'll be cutting a few hundred in other places)
    -2500k will have the same performance in games
    -I would go with 8GB for faster RAM, 1600MHz. Also, I would buy it as a pair rather than 2 individual sticks.

    edit: SLI in the future?
  2. krazygnome said:
    First time PC builder. Trying to do research online and everything and coming up with a "list" that I think will give me a good gaming system. Please feel free to tells what I am doing wrong and what I should change because there is no way I have this all correct. This is going to be strictly gaming as I have my laptop for everyday use.

    -Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3
    -PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
    -Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    -Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card powered by THX TruStudio Pro
    -ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM
    -Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    -ASUS ENGTX560 DC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    -Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
    -x4 Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9/4G

    I made sure the motherboard worked with the CPU and cards or at least I believe they do based off of the manufacturers site. I know this is a pretty penny pc but I want to get it right the first time and have an ultimate gaming experience. Am I going overboard in areas? Or am I using the wrong stuff? Would love any feedback as this is a big project I am taking on.


    1. buy psu from antec, seasonic, corsair ,ocz or coolermaster, other brands may fry your mobo under heavy use.
    2. there is no need of sound cardfor gaming, integrated sound card will do,unless you are an audiophile.
    3.for gaming only. get core i5 2500k, core i7 has hyperthreading which is useless for gaming.
    4. 900w psu is overkill,otherwise good build :)
  3. ^+1 to the advice
  4. Why the seperate sound card , the motherboard comes with intergrated HD sound.

    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $189.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264


    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
    $219.99

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

    So , with not needing the sound card , a different motherboard and cpu that is a savings of $300.
    You don't need the i72600k for playing games , there is no benifit over the i5 2500k , and the motherboard is fine for what you need and of course you do not need the seperate sound card.
  5. PC power and cooling is by no means a no-name...and it's made by seasonic, or at least it was a couple of years ago, could have been updated since then.
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=157
  6. read the review, it is written that it is a part of the ocz group, so ok.
    but still core i5 2500k for cpu and are you going to sli? 900w psu is overkill.
  7. You did not list the Operating System that you want , if you get Windows 64 bit then you can get 8gb of ram. You can also get a better video card with the savings.

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $199.99


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

    EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $339.99


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH $49.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231402


    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $99.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049

    With saving another $40 with the Antec power supply you can add these upgrades to the list. The total savings now is up to $340. You can add a SSD for the OS and get the GTX 570 video card.
  8. Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $199.99


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233191

    EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $339.99


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130593

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH $49.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231402


    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $99.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371049

    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $189.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157264


    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
    $219.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM $139.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992

    ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118097

    LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model GH22NP21 - OEM
    $21.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136222

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    This is shaping up to be quite a computer and a little different from what you started with. This total comes to $1461.90 , is that in your budget range.
  9. etk said:
    -
    -I would look at a GPU around 650W for what you want.
    -
    -Unless you have some special need for a sound card, don't get one. They tend to have buggy drivers and onboard has been the go to for years now.
    -
    -
    -You could upgrade to a 560ti (or higher since it looks like you'll be cutting a few hundred in other places)
    -2500k will have the same performance in games
    -I would go with 8GB for faster RAM, 1600MHz. Also, I would buy it as a pair rather than 2 individual sticks.

    edit: SLI in the future?


    So switch out psu to smaller, no sound card, different cpu and change up the RAM, check.

    And what is an SLI and should I be looking into it now rather than later?

    vviikkrraanntt said:
    1. buy psu from antec, seasonic, corsair ,ocz or coolermaster, other brands may fry your mobo under heavy use.
    2. there is no need of sound cardfor gaming, integrated sound card will do,unless you are an audiophile.
    3.for gaming only. get core i5 2500k, core i7 has hyperthreading which is useless for gaming.
    4. 900w psu is overkill,otherwise good build :)


    Same thing, different less powerful psu, no sound card and i5 processor and thank you for your approval :)

    Anonymous said:
    Why the seperate sound card , the motherboard comes with intergrated HD sound.

    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $189.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264


    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
    $219.99

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

    So , with not needing the sound card , a different motherboard and cpu that is a savings of $300.
    You don't need the i72600k for playing games , there is no benifit over the i5 2500k , and the motherboard is fine for what you need and of course you do not need the seperate sound card.


    Was there something wrong with the motherboard I had picked out? And I was kind of hoping to make this computer my own in a way, no offense to you and all the suggestions you made but it just seemed like you setup a whole different machine. Of course then again I have never built one before so my input is as good as hippo scat, but is there anyway to salvage what I had mostly laid out or is the only good way to do to scratch it?

    Thank you everyone for your input!
  10. SLI is when you use two identical nvidia video cards at the same time. For ati cards, this is called crossfire. It is a technology which connects 2 PCI or PCI-E cards from the same company, by an internal cable connection.The graphics processing and displaying is divided among these two cards. One card processes and displays the odd number fields while the other handles the even number fields. It gives double fill rate performance.mobo is good so is rig.don't scratch it.
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