I5 2500k Gaming Build! need help

im looking to build a Gaming rig under 1500 bucks. i put together what i thought would work but im not 100% sure if everything is compatible or if i should change anything. im looking for some advice regarding compatability, if im bottlenecking anything, maybe save a couple bucks somewhere etc... any and all advice is welcome.








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  1. ^Your GPU link doesn't seem to be working. Do you plan on going with SLI?
  2. fixd and no im leaning towards a single card
  3. Get rid of the HDD and get a SSD. Wait till price drop to get a HDD. 120GB SSD goes for $150 on tiger direct. Besides that, you got everything I would might get.
  4. Smoke420 said:
    fixd and no im leaning towards a single card

    It's pretty much impossible for anyone here to recommend a vid card without knowing your screen/monitor resolution. I can say this much though, a gtx 560 ti 448 core is a much better deal than a gtx 570 seeing how they run neck and neck and when o/c the 560 ti 448 out performs it using less juice, less heat and does it at a better price.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FCCOII/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0069RZ0LW&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1P08DECCM3F01CQ7ZCN1 $289.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozer III PE/OC - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (448 Cores) PCI-E 16X Graphics Card

    This psu down below is modular and is a good deal for that price. It will allow you to push dual 560 ti's or dual 6950's and leave you plenty of headroom.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Performance-CP-9020003-NA/dp/B005E98FVS/ref=sr_1_16?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1328515700&sr=1-16 $122.26 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020003-NA

    A solid and quick storage drive...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840 $124.99
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007611%20600006050%20600006127%20600006157%20600000261%20600006069&IsNodeId=1&name=8GB%20%282%20x%204GB%29 <----- You want 1.5v RAM for these 1155 boards. Any of these sets in the link will do, just stay away from that Corsair RAM with the tall heat sinks so you don't screw yourself with your cpu h/s. Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin, Crucial and Patriot are all solid brands. 8GB (2x4) is more than plenty.

    All these boards down below are Gen 3 boards...which means they are ready for Ivy Bridge and the new PCI-E 3.0 cards.

    This first board has the usual rear 2x2 USB 3.0 ports, but no header for front USB 3.0 ports. Some mind, some don't mind. Good board for the money.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $121.99
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    This board isn't a Z68 board, but it's solid, it has the front USB 3.0 header and unless your into video editing then a Z68 makes no difference.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 $149.99
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    This board has the front 3.0 USB header also.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792 $179.99
    ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    And as nice as that NXTZ case looks, it's a bloody hot box with sucky airflow/ventilation. Get a case with better cooling and airflow like this one down below.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Black/dp/B0026FCI2U/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1328552863&sr=1-1 $89.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
    Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black)

    That CM case up above allows you to add another one of those red LED 200mm case fans for even better airflow/cooling.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Computer-Cooling-R4-LUS-07AR-GP/dp/B002LE8BJA/ref=pd_vtp_e_7 $14.69 Free Standard Shipping
    Cooler Master Computer Case Cooling R4-LUS-07AR-GP (Red

    SATA 3 SSD's worth considering.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226291 $239.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR180GB 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233220 $249.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F180GB3-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD
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