New Builder - Gaming Rig Build Advice

Hey Guys! I've been doing some research the past two weeks on this website and others about some parts that will go into my PC. I'll be buying the parts off of Newegg and it will most likely be as soon as possible. What I've gathered I think seems to be pretty good, I'm wondering if there's anything you guys want to recommend or change/add to it or if you see something wrong.

The Build: Bit over $2000... For High-end Gaming

CPU - Intel Core i7 2600k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070


GPU - EVGA GeForce Gtx580
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130655


MoBo - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790


HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697


PSU - SPARKLE Magna 1,000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103033


RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315


Case - AZZA Hurrican 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517010

CD Drive - LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106275


OS - Windows 7 Professional


I left out cooling because I wasn't sure if I needed a liquid cooling system or just fans, any help on this would be appreciated as well, Thanks.

-Ben
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  1. You won't notice much difference between the 2600K and the 2500K with games, as most games only utilise one or two cores.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833-18.html

    Personally I would get the i5-2500K and spend the $100 bucks you save on a high end air cooler for your CPU or a closed water loop (Corsair H70 for eg.).

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


    Have you considered getting an SSD?
  2. sam_fisher said:
    You won't notice much difference between the 2600K and the 2500K with games, as most games only utilise one or two cores.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833-18.html

    Personally I would get the i5-2500K and spend the $100 bucks you save on a high end air cooler for your CPU or a closed water loop (Corsair H70 for eg.).

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


    Have you considered getting an SSD?

    I have not considered getting one so far, would it benefit me to have one?
  3. Good comments from sam-fisher. I agree.

    For $10 more, why not get the GTX580 classified?
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1367475&CatId=3669

    That said, I think the 1.5gb units will work just as well, look at the superclocked model. It is clocked higher and costs $100 less
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130590

    Is there some feature of windows 7 professional that you need? Home premium usually does the job.

    I don't like liquid cooling when a simpler solution will do the job. If you want to overclock to 4.0, a $30 air cooler like the Xigmatek gaia or cm hyper212 will do the job.

    If you are willing to overvolt and seek the maximum oc, then a top end air cooler like the noctua NH-D14 is about as good as it gets for about $85.
  4. I agree with geofelt on the Win7 Professional. My desktop has Pro and my Laptop has Home Premium and there's no difference, other than the RAM limit of 16GB on HP.

    An SSD would give you faster boot/shutdown times, start up programs open very quickly. Any programs on the SSD open pretty quick. I'd get a 60GB model or a 120GB model and have the OS on there, plus the programs I use the most. Then have my games/music on a 1TB drive.

    Not sure if you've thought about it, but a 560TI SLI rig will do most games better than the 580 will for the same price. Really depends on whether you'd like to have 2 cards or just the 1.
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