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Please critique my first build before I buy parts

Ok guys...this is going to be my first homebuilt computer :o I picked out the parts I liked on newegg and was hoping you guys could comment on a compatibility issue or any part that I should/shouldn't have. My budget is to stay between 1500-1800 max

Here we go:

case: thermaltake level 10 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133192 looks great, has good cooling, and most importantly there is a lot of room inside...so I think this would be an ideal case for a first build???

cpu: i7 2600k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

cpu cooler: noctua cpu cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018 seems to be a great cooler and it's quiet and not liquid cooled, so I chose this. Do I even need it? seems like something I would want if I want to try overclocking in the future...

Hard Drive: SSD-- Crucial 256GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443 Decided to go with SSD because I really dont need anymore room than 256gb atm...and by all the reviews it seems like SSD is the way to go

Memory: Gskill 8gb 1866 sniper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth P67 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131702 choose this because I know nothing about BIOS and reviewers say the bios is very easy. Also would buy this fan to supplement air flow, as suggested by users: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835230035

Graphics card: EVGA GTX 570 superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130620 I currently have an EVGA 8800gtx and it's worked really well the last 5 years...so I chose EVGA again. Also..I'm sure this is an ongoing debate..but am I losing out by choosing nvidia over radeon? Tomato tomato right?

Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011 850W seems good for my needs if I decide I want to run SLI in the future...right?

I also will buy Arctic 5 thermal paste and the Rosewill computer tool kit.

The total price of this build is around $1850

Outstanding questions: Is this all I need to build the computer? Do I need a soundcard with this setup?

I appreciate feedback on my build and whether or not I need to change out some parts...Thanks everyone!

EDIT: I should mention this computer is going to be used mainly for gaming. My monitor i currently have is a viewsonic 120hz 22'' and it's max resolution i believe is 1650
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    -You REALLY could do with a cheaper case. Almost any case will be absolutely fine. Get whatever looks good on Newegg. You shouldn't spend more than $80 unless you're really attached to some case's look, and don't be afraid to spend $60. Just check here to make sure there's nothing badly wrong with your choice.
    -2500K. No drop in gaming performance, and $80 less.
    -Mugen 3 CPU cooler, $50, with no extra thermal paste. You don't need it.
    -1600mhz RAM. You won't see a difference.
    -No tool kit if you have a screwdriver. Honestly, that's all it'll give you.
    -A far cheaper 750W PSU, $100 after rebate: (enough for 7970 SLI): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052

    ...and now you can fit in a 7970 :D $560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150585
    With the latest Nvidia series not yet ready for market, the 7970 is currently the best value at the very high end, which is where you are.
  2. Id follow Kaja's advice, but get EVGA nVidia gtx 580 instead(the models that end in AR are lifetime warranty). Buy a card now could possibly get you a much cheaper 6 series when they come out(if it's within 90 days of purchase). If you go this route, make sure and check the EVGA site for cards that are eligible.

    I would pick the GTX over the 7970 for a few reasons:
    AMD's driver issues are a real PITA, though some people seem to not have any issues at all, LOTS of people do.
    The 580, while being a bit slower, is proven technology with all of the bugs and kinks worked out.
    It's also 50-60 bucks cheaper if you get the reference versions.

    A couple of good things about the 7970... Eyefinity, More VRam than the gtx 580, CF scales a bit better than SLI, uses less power.
  3. ^Take Kaja's advice. However, if you're happy with a 570, then it's just a money saver.

    I usually recommend this case; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224 quiet and great cooling. Lots of room too, and great behind-the-motherboard cable management.
  4. kajabla said:
    -You REALLY could do with a cheaper case. Almost any case will be absolutely fine. Get whatever looks good on Newegg. You shouldn't spend more than $80 unless you're really attached to some case's look, and don't be afraid to spend $60. Just check here to make sure there's nothing badly wrong with your choice.
    -2500K. No drop in gaming performance, and $80 less.
    -Mugen 3 CPU cooler, $50, with no extra thermal paste. You don't need it.
    -1600mhz RAM. You won't see a difference.
    -No tool kit if you have a screwdriver. Honestly, that's all it'll give you.
    -A far cheaper 750W PSU, $100 after rebate: (enough for 7970 SLI): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052

    ...and now you can fit in a 7970 :D $560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150585
    With the latest Nvidia series not yet ready for market, the 7970 is currently the best value at the very high end, which is where you are.



    -I will definitely switch the 2600k for the 2500k.
    -I can now drop the noctua cpu cooler in favor of the mugen 3...and I thoguht the thermal paste is for mounting the processor? do I even need to purchase thermal paste at all?
    -I will change from 1866 to 1600mhz ram
    -the 750W psu looks like a nice alternative as well
    -Once I get home from work I will post a few cases I think I like as a replacement and would appreciate further feedback!

    EDIT: I think I was able to narrow it down to two cases I like...should I go with one over the other?
    Lian-Li http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239 $50 cheaper than the corsair case
    Corsair: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005

    Thank you everyone very much!!
  5. I found this cpu cooler instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 seems the install isn't so hard..just put some screws through the mobo..

    if anyone could answer my thermal paste question + whether the lianli case will fit all my components (including the coolermaster hyper 212+ I would be very grateful.

    Thanks
  6. All heatsinks will come with thermal paste that's good enough. AS5 might buy you a couple of degrees, but don't worry about it. They're also generally all equally easy to install; that should not be taken into consideration.
    The 212+ is the best value at $30, but I think the Mugen 3 might be worth it. If you Xfire 7970s, you'll want a nice overclock.
    That case'll be fine. As I said, choose by looks. That one's perfectly good.
    The 7970's more than $50 better than the 580. It's very close to the 6990 level. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-benchmark-tahiti-gcn,3104-16.html
  7. with the changes from 2600k to 2500k, cpu cooler, power supply, and case I'm now down to $1400!! That's with a EVGA superclocked GTX 570. Should I stick with the 570 or is the price/performance for the 580/7970 really worth the extra money?
  8. For single monitor gaming - GTX 570 is a good match.
  9. Best answer selected by thegreatdekay.
  10. great! ended up getting a new computer for less than I thought I would have to spend. Thank you everyone! I'm sure I will probably be posting at some point in the near future when I begin building this new rig lol
  11. The 570 is definitely a better value. I think one now and another in the future'll work quite well. The same power supply will be good.

    Building: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building
    Read your motherboard's manual.
    Also, as a last word, BACK UP. Buy an external drive if you don't currently own one. It's definitely worth the money.
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