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Building first computer, advice please

Last response: in Systems
November 20, 2011 6:13:05 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:
This week

Budget Range:
Around $1800 or less including peripherals

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Dolphin Emulator Wii/GC, watching 1080p movies, Photoshop/Illustrator/Dreamweaver, planning on learning computer programming with this machine, internet browsing

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, local businesses on black friday

Kansas, United States

Parts Preferences:


SLI or Crossfire:
Don't think so but not sure

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

I am wanting a machine with Whdi capabilities to connect to my 1080p tv on another floor. I want it to be able to handle emulating wii games at 1080p resolution. Those are my main requirements, and here is what I have been looking at so far:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k (Going for overclock of 4.5ghz+)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Intel Z68
Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 *WHDI Edition* (No clue about overclocking this thing)
Ram: 16 GB (4X4GB) Corsair 1600mhz (Going for overclock of 1833mhz?)
Power supply: Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX750 (750 Watts, is this what I need?)
cooling for the cpu: Corsair Hydro Series H40 Liquid CPU Cooler (Not sure if this is what I need exactly, will the h100 fit in my case?)
Hard drive or SSD: Crucial 256GB ssd and Western Digital (2TB) (7200 RPM, 64MB Cache, SATA 6.0Gb/s)
Chassis: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower

Do you guys think this machine will be able to handle dolphin at 1080p? (if anyone here knows lol)
I can get the motherboard and cpu together at a local store for $280 before tax (I think its a pretty good deal) and also the case locally for $90.
Any general advice? Are all the parts compatible? Any good 1080p 22-24in monitors on sale friday?
Thanks :) 
November 20, 2011 6:25:13 PM

get mobo cpu combo at microcenter .. best deal
don't need 16Gb of RAM .. 8 is plenty
otherwise looks cool
not sure about WHDI edition