Noob build - any glaring mistakes?

This will be my first build, researched in bits and pieces over the last three months. I'm hoping to get at least 2-3 years out of it (though of course I don't expect to play the newest games at max settings three years from now). I greatly appreciate your taking the time to check it over, so thanks :)

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week or two, once the holiday craziness is done.

Budget Range: $1200-ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim and Deus Ex in particular; Guild Wars 2 when that comes out).

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel processor

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, eventually, but not for a long while

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm hoping for a PC that is not loud - some noise is fine; I just don't want it to sound like, say, a box fan. (The kind you put in your window in summer, that is.) A case that won't cut up my hands is a plus too.


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Hard drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
I'm not bothered enough by load times to buy an SSD.

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2
Sold out on Newegg at the moment, but I'm sure they'll be back soon. Or I can get Corsair instead.

GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III PPCMK3S500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power
Is 500W enough?

Optical 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

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1, VESA Compatible

Again, thank you!
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  1. Looks absolutely solid, nice build. The only thing I'd add would be an after market HSF like the CM 212+. If overclocking isn't something you want to mess with you can move to the i5-2400 as the 2500K was built specifically for overclocking.

    Oh, about cases cutting your hands... the 300 isn't rolled, so be careful. It's a great case at its price but I can attest first hand that it can definitely slice through a few layers of skin.
  2. Also: the Antec cases do not include a case speaker (about $2 - $3).

    For first-time builders, I recommend looking at these threads:

    Build it yourself:

    And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
  3. I would go with a larger PSU especially if your thinking about a dual SLI or CF set up. I just built my first system last Thursday, I went with a corsair TX850 just to allow myself some head room for such a thing. Right now I'm running stock speeds on a i7 2600k and will probably overclock it in the future. If you do get the 2500k and you plan on overclocking at some point you want the extra power to do such a thing.
  4. If your not overclocking I would not worry about getting the 2500k unless you just want to spend the extra money.

    The motherboard is hit or miss and has gotten very bad reviews. Personally I'd stay away from top of the line Asrock boards atm and go for an Asus/MSI board. The only reason I don't say gigabyte is b/c they have yet to make a new bios (its not a biggie but its nice to have).

    Also be sure to check the case and whether or not the GPU will fit. That is a very long card just fyi.

    I do not know much about that PSU brand. 500W should be plenty, but like someone mentioned if you do plan to go SLi or Xfire you will need least a 600-850 psu. 600/650 would be bare minimum you could sneak by with. 750 at least would be a safe bet for sli/xfire.
  5. Your motherboard will work just fine, but maybe consider a z68 board. This is a newer chipset that has a few more features.

    This is the z68 version of your board.
  6. Might as well spend the extra $10 to get the unlocked 2500. This way you have the option to overclock in the future if you so desire.
  7. Thanks for the advice. I will get the aftermarket cooler, and I will also get a Z68 motherboard, but I'm looking at the ASRock ATX version (linked below), not the micro ATX. (Looking at reviews for ASRock, it does seem like they're hit-or-miss like Hotthree said, but I'll take the chance. If I get a "miss" I can return it.)
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