First Gaming Build - Opinions

So this is my first computer i have built myself in some time. I have done alot of research and think this will be a pretty good computer for at least the next 5 years, but i just wanted to see if anyone else had any input?

Thanks.

I know some of this is overkill, but i have some extra to spend so im okay with that.

1. Purpose of computer: Gaming/Internet/General Use

2. Budget: ~$1500

3. Parts List.

a. CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Processor
$279
http://www.microcenter.com/single...id=0354587

b. Mobo: P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
$209.99 (Buy together with Processor Save $60)
http://www.microcenter.com/single...id=0364206

c. Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB
$264.99 ($244.99 After Rebate)
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Express-100312-3L/dp/B005X64QAG/ref=pd_cp_e_3

d. Hard drive: Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
$114.99
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ACIYXI

Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB
$119.99
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004CSIG1G

e. Ram: CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX16GX3M4A1600C9
$57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820233203

f. Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 850-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Modular Power Supply
$131.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Ent...pd_sbs_e_1

g. Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced
$99.99
http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.c...cts_id=613

h: Optical Drive (DVD/BluRay, etc):LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=u0t3602106f9fp63186dd0c0s701&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16827106369

i: Liquid Cooling Fan: Corsair Hydro Series H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
$88.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Performance-Liquid-Cooler-CWCH80/dp/B0051U7HMI/ref=sr_1_1?t=slickdeals&tag=slickdeals&ie=UTF8&qid=1318603740&sr=8-1

j: Monitor: SyncMaster P2770HD 27" Widescreen LCD TV Monitor
$279.95
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687861-REG/Samsung_P2770HD_SyncMaster_P2770HD_27_Widescreen.html


4. Will you be overclocking?: Possibly in the future.
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  1. If your only "possibly going to be overclocking in the future" then do not get the liquid cooling kit. It's lots of work, lots of things can go wrong, and not worth it unless you're trying to get an insane overclock. Just get a well reviewed air cooler and save yourself some trouble.

    Do you realize that your monitor has a built in TV tuner? Unless you're going to use it, then don't bother getting a monitor with one.

    Also, I've noticed that you've not listed any newegg links. Newegg generally has better prices than amazon.
  2. I'd actually recommend dropping the 2600K to the i5-2500K and investing the difference in getting a 570 or 580, or Radeon 6970/6990.

    The 6950 is an excellent card, don't get me wrong, but you don't necessarily need the extra features of the i7 for a gaming system and you can invest the difference in getting a much better card.

    You also don't necessarily need 16GB of RAM for a gaming system, you can get by plenty with 8GB.

    I'd recommend investing that difference in getting a better case. The HAF 912 is a good choice, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for a $1500 build. Try something that's a bit more suited to your build like the Corsair Carbide or the Antec DF85, or you could go a bit classier with the Fractal Design Arc Midi.

    I also second the recommendation for the liquid cooler. Sealed blocks are not a bad way to go necessarily but if this is your first time building a computer I wouldn't put up with the hassle. It'd be better to get a quality air cooler like the EVGA Supercooler and save yourself a bit of time and money.

    And for the power supply the Corsair is an excellent choice but you could invest the difference from not getting a liquid cooler in getting a more efficient model like the Seasonic X750 or PC Power & Cooling Silencer series.
  3. I appreciate the advice.

    I am trying to get the best I can get right now, so that this computer will be good for at least the next 5 years. Do you think dropping from the i7 to the i5 will have any impact on that? The biggest different i saw was the hyper-threading. Since im mainly going to be gaming, is that something i will be concerned about in the next few years?

    I got the 16gb XMS3 when it was on sale for $50, i know its too much but it was a pretty good deal.

    Do you think getting the 560ti 448 core will be good, I was looking into that one. Or should i go for the 570?

    I am going to switch the power supply to either a 650 or 750, ill have to look more into it.

    Thanks again for all of the help.

    (and regarding the newegg, all of the items i saw were either the same price or lower on amazon, and ive always been a fan of ordering from amazon. If you notice a better price on newegg please let me know. Im checking everywhere for the best price)
  4. Quote:
    I am trying to get the best I can get right now, so that this computer will be good for at least the next 5 years. Do you think dropping from the i7 to the i5 will have any impact on that? The biggest different i saw was the hyper-threading. Since im mainly going to be gaming, is that something i will be concerned about in the next few years?


    No not at all. What you have to keep in mind is that the software is always going to be one or two generations behind the hardware before the developers can begin to take advantage of newer technologies. Most of the latest games like BF3, Skyrim, and so on are just beginning to catch up with quad core CPUs. What makes the Z68 platform so appealing is that Intel is going to be using the same socket and chipset for next year's Ivy Bridge, and it's already got a logical upgrade path for it. Just a BIOS flash and a new chip and you'll have a new system like that. Where it will matter in a couple of years is your GPU - that's the one part of a computer that's constantly changing, and next year's models will drastically outperform this year's models - even the lower end versions.

    Quote:
    I got the 16gb XMS3 when it was on sale for $50, i know its too much but it was a pretty good deal.


    Ha, I did the same thing. :lol:

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    Do you think getting the 560ti 448 core will be good, I was looking into that one. Or should i go for the 570?


    No, go for the 570 (I recommend EVGA). Or alternately you could try a Radeon 6970 (I recommend Sapphire). Try one of these:

    Radeon 6970: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102957
    Geforce GTX 570: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130593

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    I am going to switch the power supply to either a 650 or 750, ill have to look more into it.


    Yeah you might want to read this about choosing a good PSU: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-psu-review,2916.html

    These would be a couple of good places to start:
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027
    Seasonic X750: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087
    Corsair TX 750 V2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139030

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    (and regarding the newegg, all of the items i saw were either the same price or lower on amazon, and ive always been a fan of ordering from amazon. If you notice a better price on newegg please let me know. Im checking everywhere for the best price)


    One thing you have to keep in mind is that Amazon doesn't sell computer components directly. They outsource that to other companies like Platinum Micro , which aren't bad sellers (it was the only place that had the fan I wanted)but if something goes wrong you can't always be guaranteed to get an RMA for the defective product. Newegg is one of the best companies on the planet for that - if something goes wrong you'll get a replacement like the next day. It's always better to pay a bit more and then if something goes wrong you're guaranteed a replacement versus paying less, and then having to buy a new product if something goes wrong.
  5. thanks for the help. Ill take a look at those links. appreciate the advice.
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