New Here, First Time Build input/advice

Hello everyone, new here, looking for advice for my first time build, hopefully occurring after the holidays.

What I want is an awesome computer for less than $2000, main uses will be webdesign, gaming, image editing, web browsing, pretty much everything. This is the list I have came up with...

Case: NZXT Apollo Black - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811146025

Board: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813131790

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k (most likely going to overclock it) - $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819115072

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835103099

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 - $349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814102957

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3 1600 - $82.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820145347

Hard Drive: WD Velociraptor 10,000rpm 300GB - $224.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136929

BD Reader: LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16827106374

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 - $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817139011

Monitor: ASUS VS248H-P - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16824236153

Keyboard: Logitech G110 USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16823126087

Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16826153055

Speakers: Logitech LS21 7 Watts 2.1 Stereo Speaker System - $25.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121019

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16832116986

Everything Comes to a total of $1867.86. Anything you think I should add or change from what I mentioned? Does this sound like a good setup? Thanks for any help! :sol:
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  1. the Velociraptor hard drive is pointless.
    It will be spanked by even a bad SSD

    Get a good 120 gig SSD for windows and programs and a conventional hard drive for data storage

    The cooling looks inadequate in the case . Get a HAF instead
  2. I like the modular PSU. The case is definitely a beautiful one, I am building a mod for my wife with this, but understand that cable management is limited. Not such a problem for a modular power supply, but still be aware of this case's limitations. It is a few years old now, and most newer cases have better cable management and more forward thinking features in that price range.

    BTW, you are gonna love the Death Adder and G110, I got both for my wife and she adores them.

    The speakers are woefully inadequate for my tastes.
  3. I agree with Outlander_04 ^

    The velociraptor was a good drive in it's day, but a SSD is about 50x faster in random i/o, and that is what the os does mostly.

    Considering the high hard drive prices of today, I would suggest a 80-120gb ssd for the os and a few games. When hard drive prices come down to normal, get a 1tb drive for storage and overflow.
    Intel has a nice rebate on their 80gb drive which will cost $80 after rebate and promo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167047

    FWIW I use 85gb of a 120gb ssd which has the os, 8 games and 4gb of photos.

    For good cooling, a case needs two 120mm intake fans or equivalent. The case you linked is inadequate.
    I suggest an Antec 100/200/300 case which will do better, and probably cost less:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Your other parts look good and appropriate.

    As a suggestion, take the time now to download and read the motherboard and case manuals.
  4. Thanks for the help, I switched the velociraptor for a 180GB SSD.

    What do you guys think about the NZXT Phantom 410 case?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146085

    And the speakers are just to hold me over for a few weeks until I can afford better ones lol.

    Any other advice for me?
  5. TylerL520 said:
    Thanks for the help, I switched the velociraptor for a 180GB SSD.

    What do you guys think about the NZXT Phantom 410 case?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146085

    And the speakers are just to hold me over for a few weeks until I can afford better ones lol.

    Any other advice for me?


    The Phantom 410 is an excellent enclosure for $100. Here's a review:

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5157/nzxt-phantom-410-the-boutique-favorite-goes-on-a-diet

    I think you'll be very satsified.
  6. Cool thanks for all the help.

    Which SSD do you think I should go with?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233220
    Or...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139601

    Do you think I'll be satisfied with this machine for everything I want to use it for?
  7. Anybody have any opinions of which SSD I should go with out of those two?
  8. TylerL520 said:
    Anybody have any opinions of which SSD I should go with out of those two?


    I think I would pick Intelor samsung for reliability.
    http://www.behardware.com/articles/831-7/components-returns-rates.html

    Otherwise, I would pick 180gb over 120gb for the same price.
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