Building Custom computer, looking for input/guidance

Hello,
I am building a computer and am curious as to what i need beyond the basics, i have bought a ASUS Maximus IV extreme-z motherboard, i want to get an ssd for the z68 chipset, id like to get another ssd for the boot drive and then a data harddrive, ive bought a i7 2600k processor and the azza hurican computer case, i know i need to get a gfx card or two and some ram, a dvd-drive or whatever type of cd drive, but i can curious as to what else i need, e.g. a fan for the processor? certain cables, cooling system. Thanks for your time im in need of some guidance on where i should go next or what exactly i should buy or look for in specs.
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  1. Hello,
    I am building a computer and am curious as to what i need beyond the basics, i have bought a ASUS Maximus IV extreme-z motherboard, i want to get an ssd for the z68 chipset, id like to get another ssd for the boot drive and then a data harddrive, ive bought a i7 2600k processor and the azza hurican computer case, i know i need to get a gfx card or two and some ram, a dvd-drive or whatever type of cd drive, but i can curious as to what else i need, e.g. a fan for the processor? certain cables, cooling system. Thanks for your time im in need of some guidance on where i should go next or what exactly i should buy or look for in specs.

    Hey, great parts to start with. I too am getting the same cpu and mobo for my build, as soon as I find some other things, anyway, down to business. First you probably know you need a psu, as for the wattage that will bepend on what gpu(s) you choose. I wish I can help you with choosing a gpu, but I too need help with that. Anyway the fan for the processor is included. Now, if this is a gaming pc and you wanted to do some overclocking, you have the opinion to go to an aftermarket cpu cooler such as the "COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus," on newegg, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 . But if you really want to push the cpu, you can put if a water cooling setup. They sell sealed systems with no maintenance like the Corsair H80, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016 or you can build your own and then also cool the gpu(s). For certain cables, the psu will include all the power cables. You may need to get some SATA cables for the HDD and dvd drives and also a DVI cable for connection from the gpu to monitor. I hope this is enough info, it is really all I can think of. If you need to ask anymore questions, ask away. Your welcome.
  2. You could have saved $100 and gone with the i5-2500k unless you have need of the hyperthreading with the i7-2600k. You only need the one SSD because to have one for the cache and one for the OS is not going to add any performance because the ssd's are the same speed.

    COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
    $44.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103057

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9R
    $81.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233184

    SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
    $159.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151108

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $214.99 and a $30 mail in rebate makes it $184.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $269.99 x2 $539.98 and a $20 mail in rebate
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    $22.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    This is a parts list that I have pit together that would complete your build if you chose to go with it , or you can make changes as you see fit as to what you may want instead of what I have listed.

    Ooops forgot the HDD.

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $92.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767
  3. thank you for your reply i appreciate it, is it better to go with 1 2gb video card or 2 1gb video cards? id really only like to spend a max of 450$ on video card(s). I was thinking the ocz agility 3's for my ssds maybe a 120 for z68 and a 240gb for the boot drive. i figured for psu id get 750-1050w i figure 1050 is much more than i need tho, i would like to do some overclocking since i have/am getting the hardware for such a thing but i have no experience with this mysterious thing called bios or cooling systems beyond the case fans. Is it important that the psu has sli - crossfire ready in it? anyways any and all your help is appreciated thank you so much.

    Much Love,

    dbjs100
  4. inzone said:
    You could have saved $100 and gone with the i5-2500k unless you have need of the hyperthreading with the i7-2600k. You only need the one SSD because to have one for the cache and one for the OS is not going to add any performance because the ssd's are the same speed.

    COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
    $44.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103057

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9R
    $81.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233184

    SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply
    $159.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151108

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $214.99 and a $30 mail in rebate makes it $184.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $269.99 x2 $539.98 and a $20 mail in rebate
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130610

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
    $22.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    This is a parts list that I have pit together that would complete your build if you chose to go with it , or you can make changes as you see fit as to what you may want instead of what I have listed.



    Thanks so much for the detailed report! I appreciate this. For the evga superclocked video cards, could i eventually install a third one if i want?
  5. would i hook the ssd up to the z68 chip and get a seperate boot drive or the ssd is the drive and the z68 doesnt need its own drive?
  6. dbjs100 said:
    would i hook the ssd up to the z68 chip and get a seperate boot drive or the ssd is the drive and the z68 doesnt need its own drive?



    You only need the one SSD for the OS the Z68 chip does not need a SSD .
  7. With the motherboard that you have you can connect three of the Evga cards in three way sli.
  8. How about the Hitachi Deskstar 2tb for HDD? id like some room and im just wondering if this is a good choice
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145475
  9. Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $127.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136891

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    $209.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792

    I prefer Western Digital myself.
  10. The thing is huge and you need a lot of clearence for it. I would only use that for extreme overclocking. Which ever way you put it I would think the it would cover half the ram slots and almost touch the video card it the first slot.
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