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January 24, 2012 3:40:06 PM

Hi this is my first build and I'm trying to sort out what else i'm going to need.

I have a monitor, mouse, keyboard and speakers. My question is, what else will I need? Will I need more fans if I overclock? Does my psu give enough power? Are these parts compatible?

Here is my gaming build so far. My emphasis is on value & reliability. I'd like not to spend over $1100 and I'm at about $1035 right now.

I'm not planning to sli or crossfire.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Intel Core i5-2500K
$229.99

COOLER MASTER HAF922
$99.99

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$130(shipping included)

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339
$40

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (Student Select)
$65.55

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
$230 after rebate

SanDisk Ultra SDSSDH-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$140

LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B – OEM
$18.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80
$79.99 after mail-in rebate card

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January 24, 2012 3:51:43 PM

My question is, what else will I need? Will I need more fans if I overclock? Does my psu give enough power? Are these parts compatible?

1. Looks like you have everything you need.
2. Probably not. Case has pretty good airflow through it.
3. You have a better than average power supply with more than enough capacity. A good 500 watt power supply will power your system.
4. Yes.
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January 24, 2012 3:53:55 PM

Hi,

Since you're not planning a multi GPU setup you'll be fine with a smaller, 500W PSU.

Do you really need the Win7 Pro? Couldn't you save a couple of dollars and get the home premium?

With some money saved you might be able to get a 570 or a 6970.
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January 24, 2012 3:56:12 PM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR H70 Core High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Depending on how much you are wanting to overclock here are two cpu coolers to choose from.

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This ram would be a better choice then the 1333mhz that you have chosen.

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$179.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You have chosen a sata2 SSD and your motherboard supports sata3 so this is a much faster SSD for $9 more. Check out the read/wtite speeds compared to what you chose.

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$249.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Asus video card you chose has been having some driver issues and people are starting to complain about it so with Evga's limited lifetime warranty you are much better off with this card.
Unless you opt for the Corsair cpu cooler if you make all these changes you still won't be over budget and you will have improved your build.

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January 24, 2012 4:04:00 PM

If you plan on overclocking the only fan you will need to add is the cpu fan heatsink/fan or the Corsair cpu cooler. with or without these changes the parts are compatible. I would stick with the 650w psu since the minimum psu requirement for the 560Ti is 500w I see no benifit in going with the minimum and having a little extra is always a good thing. Because you are getting a good deal on the OS with the student select I would stick with that because in a normal purchase it costs $100 for the Home Premium.
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January 24, 2012 6:48:29 PM

Best answer selected by rob1235.
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January 24, 2012 6:50:11 PM

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