New Gaming Rig Advice

Hello everyone,

I have been putting off building a new gaming system for quite some time. I have gotten used to turning down graphics and disabling shaders, pixels, particles, whatever to keep my framerate up just enough to move around in most games. I know that next year many new CPUs/GPUs will be hitting the market. I'm not trying to build the "Ultimate Gaming Computer", but I would like to try a few things. (Dual Video Cards, Dual Solid State Harddrives, i7 2600k SB CPU, Blue-Ray Burner)

My current computer is not equipped to play any current generation titles and it is time to build a new one. I am going to order the parts in the next 24 hours. I will list below the current build under construction. Thank you for your help in advance!


Monitor (Already Have)
30" Dell 3007WFP? (Older Model with Dual-DVI Only)

Case (Already Have)
Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

Power Supply (Already Have)
Ultra X4 1200 Watt
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4143847&body=MAIN

Motherboard**(Open For Discussion)**
ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269
"Never bought ASRock, but dual at PCIE 2.0x16"

CPU**(Open For Discussion)**
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 $319.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
"Looks like the one to get to me..."
(Also Includes Free )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16800992069
"No idea what this software does... Hope I don't get charged for it..."

Video Card**(Open For Discussion)**
EVGA GTX 570 x 2 $699.99 (Suggested by tinmann)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7040151&CatId=3669
"Pipes heat outside the case... DVI-D. Higher Price than a single GTX 580"

Ram**(Open For Discussion)**
Gskill 8gb $29.99 (Suggested by pckitty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
"Never bought Gskill before, not sure about quality, at this price would would more help?"

Blue Ray DVD Burner**(Open For Discussion)**
Lite-On 12x $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348
"Random Pick..."

Hard Drives**(Open For Discussion)**
OCZ 120GB SataIII 6Gbps x 2 $349.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=557375&sku=O261-8204

WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm 64MB Sata6gbs $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136793
"Thinking 2 Solid State Drives in Raid, and maybe this for a terabyte HDD. Dont know much about SSDs or WD blue, green, black."

Windows 7 Professional 64bit OEM $119.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213934&Sku=M17-7306
"what else?"

Total for build so far $2099.92
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  1. Go with the Evga card and the life time warranty. Are you going to use stock air cooler?
  2. tinmann said:
    Go with the Evga card and the life time warranty. Are you going to use stock air cooler?


    I wouldn't mind overclocking a little and possibly trying out some of the liquid coolers from the last shootout article.

    Someone made the comment on newegg reviews that my motherboard was kind of hard to fit cpu coolers due to the heat sinks that surround the cpu area. Not sure which ones would have clearance.
  3. For the RAM, 8GB is the sweet spot. Here's a good choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
  4. pckitty4427 said:
    For the RAM, 8GB is the sweet spot. Here's a good choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428


    I added 8GB of Gskill. Not sure about the quality, never bought Gskill before. At this price should I add a little more?
  5. I now have a complete list of parts. If anyone sees anything they would suggest against, or make a substitution for please let me know. The price for this build is already $2100.00 :cry: I am still debating on trying a liquid cpu cooler. Not sure if this mobo would have issues squeezing one in. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions so far! If noone suggests any changes these will be ordered today!
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