Gaming Build first time, help

hello to forums!!, first time on tom's hardware, and i need help on the parts and their compability.

these are the parts that i'm planning to buy from new eggs. its currently totaled $1244, and i want to see if there is any leeways to lower it to about $1000-1100 mid ranged gaming pc.

1. Are the parts compatabile?

2. Are any parts missing to build a PC?

3. Is the PSU of 750w enough to power this rig?

Feel free to comment on this build... thx!


CPU: i5-2500k Sandy Bridged

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GPU:MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

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

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 comp

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical drive:ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

CPU heatsink/fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

Subtotal: $1,244.92
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  1. Looks pretty solid to me, about to pick up the phantom case to me as well!
  2. It's pretty solid, the only part that you could cut cost with is the HDD and the motherboard. What do you plan to do with your build? Do you plan to SLI?
  3. -Get the newer version of that MoBo

    -Dump the silly toothy heat sinks. The only cooling effect of these big coolers is that they "look cool". While they served a purpose (when they were effective) w/ DDR2, they are absolutely useless on DDR3.
    At more than 2" tall in certain areas the Corsair Vengeance could pose a problem for users like me who use large coolers such as the Scythe Mugen 2. I was able to use the Corsair Vengeance only after I mounted the fan on my cooler on the backside. Size is definitely a concern with heat spreaders of this size and therefore I encourage users to check that they will have enough space under their heatsinks before purchasing the Corsair Vengeance kit.
    The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2 era. Corsair is correcting this with low profile versions of its Vengeance line but ultimately I would like to see the average size of coolers drop instead of having to look for specific low profile versions of a memory line.

    These hare the "corrected" sets spoken of above:

    -750 watt is a bit tight for twin OC'd 560's. Would recommend the XFX Core Edition 850 which gets same jonnyguri rating as Corsair TX but for a helluva lot less money (saves $40)

    -Can save $60 on the HD but I don't like 2 year warranty.

    -Might wanna wait a few days for the new 560/570
  4. thx jack, i switched the ram sticks to low profile ones, and also switched the mobo to gen 3!

    i hrd that the hhd you mention had a lot of noise, so i decided not to risk it.

    updated list. Need more input on my build, if all is fine, i'll order tommorow!
  5. You could save a few more bucks on ram. This is CAS 10, but still very good stuff.

    You could also save on the hard drive by going blue instead of black. Very little difference as I have one of each.
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