My $1800 gaming comp (first timer)

i would to start by making it clear that this is my first build, im not very computer savy, and i did this build myself. also to make it easy everything is from newegg and not purchased yet. with that being said these will be listed in order i picked them out. (if it matters) and i do plan to over clock if it helps. any help is really appreciated!!!

mobo: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
209.99

cpu: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
319.99

case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
104.99

video card: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
249.99

psu: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (was clueless when finding a psu. i knew i wanted a 80 plus modular. im hopeing this one will work)
79.99

ssd: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
169.99

ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
85.99

optical drive: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support
53.99

hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
99.99

monitor: ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor (all ive ever owned is laptops so i have no monitor or keyboard)
184.99

keyboard: Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard
69,99

cooling:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
12.98

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel
29.99

plus 14.16 shipping im just under $1800


would really appreciate input/suggestions considering this is my first time.
if i missed something please let me knowas well
thanks
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  1. Buy 2X8gb RAM , and in the future if you need more memory you can buy naother 2X8GB for a 32Gb total RAM.
    Why to pay more than 200$ for a mobo , this Z68 is 184$ and is SLI ready : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
  2. please tell us your purposes for this computer, as that will help with answers. if this is just a PURE gaming rig, then do this:

    -drop the 2600k to a 2500k. the only difference is that the 2600 has hyperthreading, which allows it to perform better in multi-threaded applications like video editing and CAD.

    -drop the RAM from 16 GB to 12 or 8; unless you're doing heavy video editing, it's not worth it to have 16 gb of RAM. a computer with 4 can play even the most RAM-strenuous games; 8 is the sweet spot so you will have a good amount of extra room now and you will have to increase your ram much later in the future than you would have to with 4.

    --i personally don't know who makes seasonic power supplies. you ALWAYS want to use a trusted manufacterer with power supplies because if it goes bad it could screw up ALL of your components. i recommend Antec, CoolerMaster and Corsair powersupplies. also, for this build, you don't need more than 650 watts.

    --i personally, with this kind of budget, would get the best graphics card available, either the AMD Radeon HD 6970 or the GTX 580. that way you can be sure to max out all of your games AND the really graphics-devouring games of late 2012 through most of 2013 will still run at pretty high settings for you.

    otherwise, it looks like a good rig. will you be overclocking?
  3. said it was really good fr over clocking and is 8gb vs 16gb a big difference?
  4. I might suggest a different motherboard for the more PCIe slots http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130581

    The max ram speed might be slighty slower.(Wont affect you) And with the additional slot you could crossfire or sli.

    I have never been a true fan of Nvidia. So I will suggest you you a 6950
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125385
    or maybe a cross fire of 6790's

    With that you would need a more powerful PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817517003

    or you might want to invest in a higher quality PSU @higher wattage.
  5. Quote:
    said it was really good fr over clocking and is 8gb vs 16gb a big difference?


    Not all games take advantage of big memory blocks yet - having 16GB can sometimes be a disadvantage.

    Quote:
    Buy 2X8gb RAM , and in the future if you need more memory you can buy naother 2X8GB for a 32Gb total RAM.


    Not all motherboards support 32GB of memory yet - most only support 16GB at max, and anything beyond that right now is pretty ridiculous actually. Plus you have to keep in mind that Windows 7 Home Premium has a memory limitation of 16GB - only Pro and Ultimate support anything beyond that.

    Quote:
    --i personally don't know who makes seasonic power supplies. you ALWAYS want to use a trusted manufacterer with power supplies because if it goes bad it could screw up ALL of your components. i recommend Antec, CoolerMaster and Corsair powersupplies. also, for this build, you don't need more than 650 watts.


    Seasonic is an excellent brand - one of the best in the business. They actually are the OEM on a lot of Antec and Corsair PSUs. 650 is the bare minimum - you could go higher, I'd say 750 if you plan to SLI, 850 if you plan to SLI and overclock.

    Quote:
    case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


    If you want some case suggestions try the Corsair Carbide, Antec 1100, or the Fractal Design Arc MIDI.

    Quote:
    --i personally, with this kind of budget, would get the best graphics card available, either the AMD Radeon HD 6970 or the GTX 580. that way you can be sure to max out all of your games AND the really graphics-devouring games of late 2012 through most of 2013 will still run at pretty high settings for you.


    While I agree with this, if you're going to spend the money on the 580 you might as well wait for the 7970 - it has been owning 3-D Mark records left and right. But I'd go with a smaller vendor like EVGA or Sapphire than the big motherboard brands like Gigabyte or Asus.

    Quote:
    I might suggest a different motherboard for the more PCIe slots http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130581


    I'd stick with the Deluxe. MSI boards have a much higher fail rate than Asus or Gigabyte do, at least in my personal experience.

    Quote:
    The max ram speed might be slighty slower.(Wont affect you) And with the additional slot you could crossfire or sli.


    RAM speeds are pretty useless. They're mainly there for people who are OC'ing or maxing out their systems. Your motherboard - by default - will always run the RAM at the lowest speeds and timings it can handle.
  6. im definitely going to get the 2500k prcessor and go down to 8gb ram, get a cheaper mother board and upgrade to the amd radeon 9670 graphics card. i do plan to overclock... will i need a bigger power supply?
  7. Isn't the CF of 6950 faster than the single 6970?
  8. yeah no idea
  9. is the amd radeon 6970 worth the $100 difference? also do i need to buy a wireless card?
  10. A wireless card, cause you can't connect to router with cable? If thats the situation I would just get another router and use it as a bridge.

    The CF cards will use more power. But the 6970 has only like 300 more cores. It might be better to go with 6950 cause there more eyefinity options and its a little more future proof.
  11. ok thanks everyone for the help i went with a 8gb ram, cheaper mobo tho still asus, got the i5 2500k cpu. much appreciated!! still hopeing the 650w power supply will be enough. cant wait to put it together
  12. the 6970 performs significantly better than the 6950, http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/292?vs=331
  13. not sure if 10-20 fps is a "significantly" better but then im not that experienced. any ways the 6950 is more budget friendly and will get the job nicely i think )

    one last thing i NEED a wireless card. no way to connect via wire atm but will after about a year. did some searching and finally found this card... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106062 ... will it fit in the mobo?
  14. it should work. and that 6970 gets 30+ FPS in about 40% of the games, while it gets 10-20 FPS more in about 30% of the games. to me, that is worth the extra investment; however, this is YOUR money and your opinion, so whatever suits you best.

    as for the wireless adapter, it seems fine, although i got my trendnet wireless adapter for about 10 dollars less on amazon. shop around a bit.
  15. paradoxeternal said:
    please tell us your purposes for this computer, as that will help with answers. if this is just a PURE gaming rig, then do this:

    -drop the 2600k to a 2500k. the only difference is that the 2600 has hyperthreading, which allows it to perform better in multi-threaded applications like video editing and CAD.

    -drop the RAM from 16 GB to 12 or 8; unless you're doing heavy video editing, it's not worth it to have 16 gb of RAM. a computer with 4 can play even the most RAM-strenuous games; 8 is the sweet spot so you will have a good amount of extra room now and you will have to increase your ram much later in the future than you would have to with 4.

    --i personally don't know who makes seasonic power supplies. you ALWAYS want to use a trusted manufacterer with power supplies because if it goes bad it could screw up ALL of your components. i recommend Antec, CoolerMaster and Corsair powersupplies. also, for this build, you don't need more than 650 watts.

    --i personally, with this kind of budget, would get the best graphics card available, either the AMD Radeon HD 6970 or the GTX 580. that way you can be sure to max out all of your games AND the really graphics-devouring games of late 2012 through most of 2013 will still run at pretty high settings for you.

    otherwise, it looks like a good rig. will you be overclocking?


    If you don't know who seasonic is then you misewell take corsair off that list... Most of corsair is a Seasonic also Seasonic is prolly been in the top 3 to 4 spots since 1384.
  16. paradoxeternal said:
    it should work. and that 6970 gets 30+ FPS in about 40% of the games, while it gets 10-20 FPS more in about 30% of the games. to me, that is worth the extra investment; however, this is YOUR money and your opinion, so whatever suits you best.

    as for the wireless adapter, it seems fine, although i got my trendnet wireless adapter for about 10 dollars less on amazon. shop around a bit.



    My 6970 gets well over 40fps in almost 90% of the games out there... really, you need to recheck what you type. Stocked clocked, it averages 45fps in BF3 with d11 and high res on ultra via a 1920x1080 52 xbr9 tv
  17. i guess i miss typed :P thanks much appreciated. im assuming the antennas will help with the connection??
  18. zloginet said:
    My 6970 gets well over 40fps in almost 90% of the games out there... really, you need to recheck what you type. Stocked clocked, it averages 45fps in BF3 with d11 and high res on ultra via a 1920x1080 52 xbr9 tv


    i was quoting the link i had included in an earlier post and was talking about how many more FPS it got over the 6950. really, you need to recheck what you read and make sure you know the context of the post.
  19. If you're able to, the 7970 AMD Graphics Card is out and you can get it. My budget was $1600 and I managed to fit it in while keeping all other parts still in good hands with the rest of build. :)
  20. BlazOfGlory said:
    is the amd radeon 6970 worth the $100 difference? also do i need to buy a wireless card?


    Not really when you can flash the BIOS of the 2GB 6950 and it will perform exactly the same.

    Quote:
    If you're able to, the 7970 AMD Graphics Card is out and you can get it. My budget was $1600 and I managed to fit it in while keeping all other parts still in good hands with the rest of build. :)


    Yeah you might have to cut a couple of things down in order to get this in the budget but I'd highly recommend it as well.

    Quote:
    If you don't know who seasonic is then you misewell take corsair off that list... Most of corsair is a Seasonic also Seasonic is prolly been in the top 3 to 4 spots since 1384.


    Seasonic has been around for 700 years? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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