New Gaming PC

Hello, I'm building a new gaming PC soon and I'm just wondering if this build is ok.

i7-2600k
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
eVGA GTX 580 - I'm not entirely sure what graphics card to go for..
Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2x4gb) 1600mhz
Corsair Professional series 750w PSU
2x WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1tb in RAID 1
Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP 12x Blu-ray Player
Logitech X-530 (5.1) 70w Speaker set
Coolermaster HAF X

And a good 1920x1080 gaming monitor ? - Recommendations please

And I'll want be using one 1920x1080 and one 1680x1050 Monitor (The 1920x1080 one for gaming ofc)

Will there be anything else I'll need?

I think the mobo onboard sound will be fine for the speakers but if you think not, Could you recommend a sound card for me?

And another little question,
I seen that the default memory speed for the 2600k is 1333mhz,
How do I get it back up to 1600 and will that void the warranty of anything?

Right, I think that's all, Cheers!
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  1. That looks good.

    I would get the updated version of your motherboard, the P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

    Also, if your not going to be doing video editing, I would downgrade the processor to an i5-2500k. You can save around $100, and get an SSD for installing your OS on. The Crucial M4 series are good, grab a 64gb for $110.

    As for the RAM, it should automatically POST in your BIOS as 1600mhz.

    For the sound card, the ASUS Xonar series are good and cheap.
    Here's one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132020

    I think that's it! Cheers.

    EDIT: Oh, you should get an OS, mouse, keyboard, etc. if you don't have them.
  2. ^Lol same as the other thread.
    You do not need a sound card unless you have some kind of many-thousand-dollar audio setup. Mobo sound will be fine.
    Also, you might want to consider a cheaper case. Your choice of case should be mostly stylistic; most that aren't really cheap are perfectly good at their jobs. If you like the look of the HAF and you've got the cash, go for it, but it won't do its job significantly better than a decent $80 or $100 case.
  3. Quote:
    I would get the updated version of your motherboard, the P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

    Ye, I think I'll do that actually..

    Quote:
    Also, if your not going to be doing video editing, I would downgrade the processor to an i5-2500k. You can save around $100, and get an SSD for installing your OS on. The Crucial M4 series are good, grab a 64gb for $110.

    Well, I do plan to use this for mainly gaming but I'd like to have a bit of leeway for using it for other things... Maybe video editing...
    But you said install the OS on a SSD? I take it that that'll just make it faster.. But is it really worth spending $110 on it ?

    Quote:
    As for the RAM, it should automatically POST in your BIOS as 1600mhz.

    Ah alright thanks.

    Quote:
    For the sound card, the ASUS Xonar series are good and cheap.

    Ye well.. Is it really worth it ?

    Quote:
    EDIT: Oh, you should get an OS, mouse, keyboard, etc. if you don't have them.

    I already got a Sidewinder X4 and I'm planning on getting a Razer Deathadder Re-spawn.
    I think I'll be getting W7 Enterprise edition from a friends work...

    But what about the Graphics card.. It'd be nice to save a bit of cash there.. What are the best GTX 570 cards ?
  4. And 1k+ budget demands an ssd. Don't miss out, it is life changing.
  5. But 64Gb isn't much... It just speeds up OS load times if it's got the OS on it ? Ye ?

    I'm really not sure if I need a SSD... Is there any smaller, cheaper Crucial ones ?
  6. I think your going for a $1,000-$1,5000

    here is a build I am currently working on for myself if you can go for $1,500 I would advise getting another 560Ti (or go for the HD 6950s) for SLI and you will be just under the $1500 mark.

    Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $100.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107

    Intel Core i5-2500K - $220.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911507

    ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - $180.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250

    Enermax ETS-T40 T.B.APOLLISH CPU Cooler - $44.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214024

    MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB - $270.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $140.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Crucial M4 64 GB SSD - $115.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $47.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified - $105.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Total: $1221.00 (not including MIRs/Shipping)
  7. If you're going for $1000 ish. Check out my $1000 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    It'll give you pretty good bang for the buck.
  8. Chunkinator said:

    Quote:
    For the sound card, the ASUS Xonar series are good and cheap.

    Ye well.. Is it really worth it ?

    no.
  9. 560 ti SLI beats a single 580 by 20-30% depending on the test and costs the same price.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    Some example tests:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-gaming-graphics-charts/Enthusiast-Index,2674.html

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/vga-charts-spring-2011/7

    Fully agree that you should get an ssd (here's one I'm about to get):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726


    Chunkinator said:
    Hello, I'm building a new gaming PC soon and I'm just wondering if this build is ok.

    i7-2600k
    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
    eVGA GTX 580 - I'm not entirely sure what graphics card to go for..
    Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2x4gb) 1600mhz
    Corsair Professional series 750w PSU
    2x WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1tb in RAID 1
    Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP 12x Blu-ray Player
    Logitech X-530 (5.1) 70w Speaker set
    Coolermaster HAF X

    And a good 1920x1080 gaming monitor ? - Recommendations please

    And I'll want be using one 1920x1080 and one 1680x1050 Monitor (The 1920x1080 one for gaming ofc)

    Will there be anything else I'll need?

    I think the mobo onboard sound will be fine for the speakers but if you think not, Could you recommend a sound card for me?

    And another little question,
    I seen that the default memory speed for the 2600k is 1333mhz,
    How do I get it back up to 1600 and will that void the warranty of anything?

    Right, I think that's all, Cheers!
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