First Gaming System build...any suggestions

Hi There!
Here's my build, would appreciate any suggestions...thx


MoBo: ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 3.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Processor

CPU Cooler: Zalman CPU Fan with 92mm Fan LED (CNPS9500 LED-CU)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

GPU: (2) EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

SSD: Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache

Power: Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 Series Modular 850W 80 PLUS

Opt Drive: Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive - Retail SH-B123L/RSBP (Black)

Thx for looking

Oh and OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
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  1. Sweet setup....go for it....

    On side note, why not go for watercooling setup?
  2. Hey Rock
    I've already got 1 GPU, the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card

    I like the one you suggested, could I run them both as sli, or does the 2nd have to be same as first
  3. Hi cumi,
    Don't know anything bout watercolling systems, aren't they alot of trouble.

    And besides my tower will be in a cabinet in my desk, would not have full acess to case
  4. You have to buy the exact same card to SLI them.
  5. Best answer
    Go for a i2500k if gaming is your thing. The Hyper Threading feature present in the i2600k doesn't do much for games. If you're planning to do a lot of video and 3D work then a i2600k is a better choice over the i2500k.

    You don't need 16GB of RAM for gaming either. 4 is good, 8 is more than enough, 16 is just overkill. You won't be using all the RAM for gaming. If you're doing other things besides gaming, then 16GB will be a good fit.

    Why not a 80 Plus Gold PSU? Corsair has some of the best ones out there. I'm using one and it is ridiculously silent and efficient. That's gonna save you a lot of $$ in the future. $$ you can use for future upgrades. :)

    The case is another very important feature of a first build. The case has to be future ready and it needs to have a lot of good airflow to keep your components cool. Corsair and Cooler Master make some of the best cases out there. I have a Corsair 500R. It's a pretty awesome case with tons of cable management capabilities. There's also tons of room for fan expansion and water cooling if you plan to go for those. If you're running a SLI configuration, having the space for it in your case is not good enough. You need good airflow to keep your GPU's cool since GPU's in a SLI/Crossfire configuration run hotter than in single GPU config. The 400R from Corsair will be something that will go very well with the rest of the configuration.

    The CPU cooler is great. Be careful, though, I've heard that those fins can cut you very easily if you're not careful.

    I have a Maximus IV Gene-Z so I have to ask. Will you be using the Intel Smart Response Technology? Or will you be using your SSD as a boot drive?

    Good luck and have fun. I just put together my first build not too long ago so I know how you feel. I did a lot of research on the matter. I'm no expert, but I hope my tips were helpful.
  6. Best answer selected by ljramrod.
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