Advice on first build

Approximate Purchase Date: next week

Budget Range: $600-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: autocad/3d rendering/photoshop/lightroom/light gaming/home use possible hackintosh as I get more comfortable.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS also do not need a lot of HD storage presently as I have two large externals dealing with that presently.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, newegg, microcenter

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: dell fw240524" for now will move to a 27" or 30" after I add a gpu in the future

Additional Comments: first time build

build next week

$200 - i5 2600k
$90 after rebates and bundled with the cpu - gigabyte z68xp ud3 has built in usb 3.0
$30 after rebate- 8gb ram Patriot G2 Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Channel
$40 after rebate - thermaltake commander msi - has one usb 3.0 on the front
$20 - lg optical drive
$32 open box - Coolermaster v6gt

prices included tax

$75 - Antec 750w PSU

$100 - win7 oem
$52 - Western Digital 320 GB Caviar Blue SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM


I'm considering swapping out to the i7 2600k still but can't make up my mind. This would add $100 or $80 if I get the i7 2600 instead and not worry about overclocking in the future.

Will add a gpu and ssd in the future as money is a bit tight for now.

That said if it makes sense to move to the i7 I'd get that now, if this will do the job in the near term I'll save the $100 and put that towards a gpu as the next upgrade in 3-6mos

any thoughts appreciated

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  1. The cm hyper 212 is all you should need for cooling

    make sure the RAM is 1.5 volt or less
  2. Outlander_04 said:
    The cm hyper 212 is all you should need for cooling

    make sure the RAM is 1.5 volt or less

    Thanks first of all & I'm completely new to this and have no idea why voltage matters...

    Memory Type DDR3
    Number of Modules 2
    Memory Capacity 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    Memory Speed DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800)
    Voltage 1.65 Volts
    CAS Latency 9
    Latency 9-9-9-24
    Buffered/Unbuffered Unbuffered
    Error Correction Code Non-ECC
    Memory Slot 240-pin DIMM
    Memory Heatsink Extruded Aluminum Shield
    Features Extreme Performance PC3-12800 (1600MHz); Low Latency (8-8-8-24); XMP Ready; Equipped with advance aluminum heat-dispersing shields; 100% Tested and Verified; Lifetime Warranty; RoHS Compliant; Tested on Intel® P55 chipset
    Intel P67 Platform Certified Yes
    What's in the Box 2 x Memory Modules
    Manufacturer Warranty Limited Lifetime Warranty

    why would I have to be sure 1.5v or less???
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