First time builder, buying components tomorrow. Would like opinions

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: Core™ 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.
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  1. For gaming, an i5-2500K will do. Then you can put some of the money you save toward a GTX560 Ti-448.
  2. That PSU looks like the older version which didn't score as well as the new V2

    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Search/Products?Search=TX850+V2

    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=N82E16817207011

    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=N82E16824236104
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. He should stick with the 850, he might upgrade
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