Help on first build

Approximate Purchase Date: Soonish

Budget Range: Approximately $1,500 (selling my laptop for +400)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, Videos, and Software Editing

Parts Not Required: Operating System, Keyboard, Mouse, and Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Microcenter

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: CPU, RAM, GPU all when needed later down the line (3-5 years)

SLI or Crossfire: SLI in a couple of years when needed (only two way is supported)

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Performance is all I care about. It can run as loud as it needs to as long as I can still game with noise cancelling headphones on. :) Thanks in advance for any and all help!


Note: I want this vs. a 2500k because I want the hyperthreding for video encoding which I am constantly doing.

CPU Aftermarket Cooler:

Note: I think the CNPS12X is overkill. What do you think. They both come with Zalmans special thermal paste (ZM-STG2), it looks good, but should I pick up for arctic cooler? (for the LED's read down to the Case Fan section.)


Note: Like I said above I will be running SLI eventually, and am wondering if the gen3 three will help any bandwidth problem because the cards will have to run in x8? If so I will not be waiting for 6xx, so there would be no reason to go gen3.


Note: Typical question, is speed 1600 with cas 8, and voltage 1.5 better or speed 2133 cas 9, and voltage 1.65 better? Keep in mind the mobo supports both models and that I will be OC'ing eventually. Also will the support another 8 gigs of the same model?


Note: I have heard that both of these are unstable, but it is worth the speed to me. I will eventually be buying another to RAID 0. Do I need the MAX IOPS edition?

HDD: Not buying right now because of the flooding. I have a 1.5T external that can hold me over. I will eventually be wanting to RAID 4 drives that have two running like RAID 0 and the other two backing them up simultaneously. What is this called? I think its' RAID 10, but I'm not sure.


Note: I have to decide if I wanna take a risk with MSI or stay say with eVGA. I'm looking to eventually OC and SLI, so what I'm thinking is that the factory OC'ed card don't matter because I can OC them myself, instead I am looking for the card that can provide the lowest temps at say Core Clock: 1000MHz and Shader Clock: 2000MHz. Which card do you think can maintain the lowest temps? Do you think I should just cut $$ off and go with eVGA's card similar to NVIDIA's reference card?

DVD Burner:

Note: The only real question is, is lightscribe worth the extra cost of the special DVD's? Other than that I don't plan on doing much else with the drive.

Wireless Adapter:

Note: Given the PCI slots on either Mobo's I will have one PCI Express slot, one PCI slot, and one PCI Express 2.0 x4 free. Eventually I will want a sound card for the PCI Express, and a RAID controller in the x4 slot, so I figure that getting an or adapter for the PCI slot isn't a bad idea. What would you do? (three antenna look cool:))

Card Reader:

Note: I don't really care I Just need a card reader that does what its' supposed to do, and isnt obnoxious.


Note: Personally I think that this case look kinda badass. I you can find anything cheaper with the same or very similar spec by all means show it to me!

Case Fans/Fan Controller:

Note: (This ties in the the Kingwin PSU's and the CPU Coolers) I have talked to a lot of people about this and the general consensus is that there is no easy way to have a on/off switch on a fan controller. Is this true? I so, what would be the best way if at all possible to do this or mod something to do it? If I am missing something and someone could like me to a fan controller that could do this that would be great! Less importantly, but equally as cool, is there anyway of also controlling the LED's in the PSU ans CPU cooler all on the same switch as the case fans? That would be sooooo cooooooool!!!!!!!!


Note: Basically now you know all of the components that I will have. So the question is, do I need 1000 watts or is that too much? I think it is, but everyone keeps telling me not to skimp out on the PSU. I Like the LED's in the Kingwin models but have the same problem listed in the Case Fan section above.


Note: +5$ for EPEAT and 50,000,000 vs 10,000,000 ASCR. I think the cheaper ones is better. Am I wrong?

Finally, Surge Suppressors:

Note: I just need to know How many Joules I need. Also My 200 watt speakers will be routed on the same strip. Which one fits me?

General Questions: Are there any conflicting parts? Is there anything I need that I don't have, or anything that I really don't need?

So, I know that was really long! If anyone could answer any of my questions that would be great!
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  1. Yep 560 Ti in SLI
  2. julianrooster said:
    Yep 560 Ti in SLI

    Then you shouldn't need more than the 850w psu.
  3. As for the suggestion about the SSD, Im really liking the corsair drive. The PSU look solid for cheaper, but I'm not totally sure what semi modular means in this case? The GPU the 448 core looks good. Would it just be worth upgrading to a 570 or is that a waste of money? If I do go with the 448 core will I be able to buy another in 3-5 years when I need to SLI? The case has two problems off the bat, one the Interior is not painted, 2 it goes against the LED theme (I know its changeable but It's not worth it to me.
  4. As if I do get a 448 core (which I'm leaning to) or a 570 will I need a better PSU?
  5. julianrooster said:
    As if I do get a 448 core (which I'm leaning to) or a 570 will I need a better PSU?
  6. julianrooster said:
    As if I do get a 448 core (which I'm leaning to) or a 570 will I need a better PSU?
  7. julianrooster said:
    As if I do get a 448 core (which I'm leaning to) or a 570 will I need a better PSU?
    EDIT: Sorry for posts. Phone said error.
  8. What you can do is look at what you may intend to do with your Pc now and in 2-3 years as far as what you may add and remember that everything that you add to the Pc does require some watts. There is no rule that says you can only get a certian psu , you can get what ever you want and can afford, who cares if it is overkill the extra watts are not being used untill they are used and they are there if you do need it. If you want to be safe and you can afford it then get a 1000w psu.
    I don't know what the production of the 448 core will be and how long they intend on making them , I would say that if you are going to buy one then I wouldn't wait past 2 years to get the second and the sooner the better. If you go for the 570 then the cost will be about $50 more for one card. If you can afford it I would go with the 570 and they will defiitly have those in stock for longer.
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