Hi all, this is my first time ever building my own so I appreciate any advice you can offer. I could use advice on choosing the MOBO. Are all the parts I chose compatible and is a 750W PSU enough for them? Keep in mind, I may SLI another 560ti someday.
Approximate Purchase Date: mid-December
Budget Range: $1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, photoshop, homework, watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Your build looks pretty solid and like already posted you should get the ssd if you can for your o.s.and cache at least.
My suggestion for the mobo is the Asus Maximus IV Gene-z. It comes in the Micro atx form factor and is a feature rich board. it retails for around $169.00 at Newegg or Amazon and even though it is not full atx it has duel pcie 2.0 catering to either sli or crossfire,It is a Z68 chipset which allows you to make use of the graphics built into the 2nd gen intel chips and comes with a software suite for overclocking that makes it suweet.
It has soundblaster on board for quality sound out of the box. I just built mine last week with this board and an i5 2500k processor. I love it. I have the coolermaster storm scout case cause I liked the handles and the red lights. It holds the massive coolermaster V8 cpu cooler and leaves room for an additional fan on my clear side panel. You should definately look up the board though. It has way to many good features for me to list.
Thanks for the FYI on the case size. I ended up going with rmiii's over cutebean's case since it had a good amount of USB's on the front, was at a good price on Newegg, and had neat-o red LED's
I also went with rmiii's ASUS MOBO suggestion. I'm glad you mentioned that you overclocked your Z68. For some reason I misunderstood that the Z68 couldn't be overclocked. For me, having the newest technology is preferable. I compared that ASUS MOBO with some Z68 MSI and Gigabyte MOBO's and the ASUS MOBO had (give or take) the most suitable features for me.
I've ordered all the parts listed in the original post (except I replaced the case and MOBO with rmiii's suggestions). Thanks for your help on my first build; I was nervous that I would order some incompatible parts or something.
I am sure you will be happy with the mobo and case. Keep in mind that the case is only lit by two led fans front and back and is not very bright. I added two 12in. cold cath. light sticks to get more illumination but could also buy another 120mm red led fan for the clear side and replace the 140mm on the top with another led fan as it is black from manufacturer.
If you want to check it out I have a red led keyboard (mechanical) on ebay that accents the system really well. http://www.ebay.com/itm/220907003263?ssPageName=STRK:ME...