My first build...need to create music / video / multitasking machine


I'm a newb, sorry in advance if I screw anything up...I'm here to learn : ) Thank you in advance as well for any tips, encouragement or help you can give. I do feel a bit in over my head, but I'm learning a lot and I really enjoy working with my hands. I am excited to put this first computer together and get it stable. My old computer was getting super slow (still running XP) and I have been ready to upgrade for a long time, was waiting until USB 3.0 was out and incorporated. I held out as long as possible and I just could'nt find what I wanted at the local big box stores. Guess that means building it.

I'm not much of a gamer though I'd like to be able to do that more in the future. In the past my main uses for computer have been daily use, recording multiple tracks of music (fairly intensive), and a bit of video editing. I am also a bit of an archivist / collector as well and have a Drobo Pro (12+ TB storage) which is currently connected via iscsi, so I'd like to get a dual LAN so that the Drobo could be connected as well as internet simultaneously. I also need all kinds of ports, esata, firewire, USB2.0 and would like to have USB 3.0 integrated into the motherboard (not a card). I am a big multitasker as well and often have 7 or 8 mozilla firefox windows open with a bunch of tabs in each so I want a computer that can handle having those windows open in the background and then running other programs on top of it without closing out of mozilla and losing my place. For all these reasons, I'm really loving the idea of the ASUS P8Z68 which would potentially cut my wait time down on moving large files around by hours and hours.

Here is what I was thinking, I have most things picked out but I can't seem to choose a video card. The overall cost is coming in a bit higher than I was hoping. I don't need the absolute best video card but a middle of the road, maybe $250ish range that's compatible with the LGA 1155 chipset of the ASUS p8Z68. Anything would be better than what I have, we have a ton of family vids and music vids that I recorded that cannot be watched on our current system, it doesn't handle our camera output (panasonic LX5). Remember, I've never built a computer before, so this first go at choosing components may be way off... I'm totally open to any advice/ hints, even the little stuff that you may now find obvious but isn't for a fresh newb like me, such as "don't forget cable ties", or "thermal compound". I'm not rich, and I can't afford to screw this up. Still, I 100% get that high quality components are going to cost more and I'm willing to do it if it results in an outstanding build.

And the big things of course such as are there any glaring things I've missed or incompatibilities you notice? Most of my friends know way less about computers than me, and that's not saying much : ) The one guy I know who could help is spending the year in Columbia so I have no choice but to learn this on my your help is SO APPRECIATED !!!

I am hoping to order this soon and get it shipped here / built by New Years.

Thanks everyone :D


1) motherboard
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
dual LAN ($270 +9 shipping) =$279

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
or ($210 freeship)

2) Processor
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K ($320 +freeship) =$320

Intel Core I7

3) memory
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B ($80 freeship) = $80 for 16GB

4) case / chassis
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan ($160 -$20 rebate freeship) =$140

5) Power Supply

OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom ($200 - 30 - 30 rebat freeship) = $140

or this $150 CORSAIR AX70 80plus Gold (750W)

6) Optical / DVD Drive

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM ($19 freeship) = $19

7) disk drive(s)

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (190- 30 rebate + free ship) =$160

** I also already have a few extra caviar black 1 tb sata drives laying around that I'll use for internal storage on the 6gb/s

8) Video Card ??
ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($330 -$30 rebate) = $300

or I could scrap the above P68 motherboard and try out a combo newegg is offering w/ P67 motherboard (though I like the P68 porting options better)
ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

9) CPU Cooler (Aka heatsink / Fan)

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 (= $30 freeship) - doesnt have thermal paste

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible ($44- $10 rebate freship ) = $34?

10) Thermal compound (if needed)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM ($13)

11) Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM ($130)

12) Monitor

xxx have it Asus 23"

13) keyboard / mouse
Rosewill RKM-1600RF Slim Wireless Multimedia Keyboard and Laser Mouse Combo ($60 -25 off freeship) $35

14) misc
Rosewill RTK-001 Premium Anti-Static Wrist Strap ($5)

Cables To Go 43221 50Pkg 6in Releasable/Reusable Cable Ties ($8)

Rosewill RCT8B-100 Black 8" Cable Tie ($4.99 freeship)

Rosewill RCT4W-100 White 4" Cable Tie ($4.49 freeship)
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  1. also, wanted to say that unless there is some reason I need to down the line, I don't plan on overclocking...that's why I'm shooting for the a truly outstanding build to begin with that will handle everything I need without bogging down and plenty of room to expand.
  2. Everything is good...look for 1866 memory though as I think you'll want to OC those chips...they are meant for it. People are claiming 4.2 easy.

    My i5-2500k did 4.3 without breaking a sweat using 1866 sniper G.Skill ram.

    I'd say go with the 750watt and a 560ti 448 core. It's a watered down 570 with less power consumption and cheaper. Or get the ATi 6750 which is MUCH cheaper and gives the 560ti a good run for the money if not better in some games...key is...its $169-189 compared to $239 - 300.

    Case is always taste.

    I got a Lian Li Lancool K63 and it's got 4 140mm fans and 1 120mm.

    It's also pretty much tooless and has great mobo screws. It's also HUGE for a mid sized case.
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