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First time builder, buying components tomorrow. Would like opinions

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December 26, 2011 2:48:39 AM

Hi All,

I am a first time builder/poster so I will try to use the format provided. My tech knowledge is fairly limited. I am buying all these components tomorrow at the Memory Express boxing sale, but before I do I would like to know if anyone has feedback on the components or suggestions to make it better. I have referenced all parts through benchmarks and have a budget of ~$1,600. I apologize about the short notice, I understand if people are too busy to respond.


Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow Morning (boxing day)

Budget Range: ~$1,600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily Games, Movies

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Memory Express

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel chipset

Overclocking: Will use the automated overclocking setup that the asus motherboard performs.

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: This is my build so far. Please let me know if you find any issues with it, or if you have suggestions to improve it. Thanks ahead of time :) 

CPU: Coreā„¢ i7-2600K Processor, 3.40GHz w/ 8MB Cache
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX31558

Mobo: P8Z68-V Pro / Gen 3 w/ DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, PCI-E, Quad CrossFireX / SLI
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36364

VidCard: GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC 1GB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32151

RAM: (2X) HyperX Genesis 8GB DDR3-1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB) w/ Intel XMP
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX29792

PSU: Enthusiast Series TX850M Modular Power Supply
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX34712

HD: Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green 5400rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36055

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III 2.5in Solid State Drive, 120GB
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32627

Tower: Antec Eleven Hundred Gamer Case
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36512

Disc Drive: BH12 Super Multi Blue 12x Internal SATA Blu-ray Disc Writer, Black w/ Lightscribe
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35857

Network Card: Dlink Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX17242

Monitor: SyncMaster S23A300B 23in Widescreen LED LCD, Black
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33604

Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Mechanical Keyboard
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX30481

P.S. Will only use the HDD for data storage, the SSD will only house OS and games. Any advice/opinions/or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Merry Christmas! I will also only be purchasing 1 video card for now, but will most likely SLI in the future.
December 26, 2011 3:00:19 AM

For gaming, an i5-2500K will do. Then you can put some of the money you save toward a GTX560 Ti-448.
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December 26, 2011 3:01:00 AM

That PSU looks like the older version which didn't score as well as the new V2

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Search/Products?Search=TX8...

This XFX gets the same 9.5 performance rating from jonnyguru and is a heckuva lot cheaper
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I think you will find a 5400 rpm unbearable....everyone does, that's why they sell so cheap.

Great deal on the SSD.....and the case

Like this optical better, cheaper and comes with 5 expensive media.

Unless you running multithreaded apps besides the gaming, the $100 would be good to put in ya pocket .

Suggest running a cable rather than using wireless on a desktop.

With your GFX cards, would consider a 120 Hz monitor....with what you save on the above, i should easily fit in your budget
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 26, 2011 3:38:53 AM

Okay so I took your advice and swapped out the 5600rpm 2TB HDD with a 500GB 7200rpm (my storage needs are fairly low). I have read in multiple articles that hyper treading is going to be integrated in more applications and I am aiming to make this rig last 4 years. I will be buying a 240hz television down the road so I figured a monitor for dual screening is not worth splurging on. As for the psu, the one I picked is modular - which I was told was much better in terms of tidiness. The ratings look similar and the price is 99.99 (on sale). What do you suggest if I cannot wire my computer to the internet?
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December 26, 2011 4:09:21 AM

850w is over kill for 2 560's 750w should do.

Maybe a 650w? not sure on that. but sure on the 750.

Oh, and why an Antec 1100 if you don't have much storage needs?
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December 26, 2011 4:11:33 AM

He should stick with the 850, he might upgrade
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