First Gaming Computer, opinions.

Hey guys. Been using tomshardware, overclockers forum, newegg and amazon for awhile now compiling my list of compenents and I believe I have a pretty solid gaming build. Im not trying to build a totally high end, expensive rig, but with you alls input an my initial research, Im sure I'll have what I need to last me awhile.

CPU:
The i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

GPU:
MSI NGTX570 Twin Frozr III PE/OC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127582&Tpk=msi+gtx+570

-with this GPU, I plan to eventually SLI it with another if I feel I need to after using it.
-also, it says PE/OC. Now the OC.. I dont think that means it's factory overclocked. If it does, I'll probably look elsewhere as I dont want factory overclocking. If anyone can let me know either way.

PSU:
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W 80+ Bronze (Modular)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139029&Tpk=tx850m

-I originally wanted the Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W 80+ Bronze (Modular)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171048
but seeing as the Corsair is cheaper and seems more popular, I decided to go with it. If anyone has an opinion on either of these two power supplies or similar, I'd appreciate it.

MOBO:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

-The motherboard was probably the hardest thing to decide on. I would love any recommendations as well as reasoning, or personal experience with this particular board.

RAM:
Corsair Vengence 8GB (2 x 4GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

SSD:
Crusial M4 64GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

-OS

HDD:
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

-Data

Optical Drive:
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

Case:
Corsair Obsidian 650D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139006


I have a 1650x1050 monitor, mouse and keyboard.
I'll be eventually getting another GTX 570 for SLI
Also be adding another monitor 1080p to use for primary and gaming, with the monitor I have now used for side things not used for gaming.
I'll be getting pretty much all the components from Amazon as they're cheaper than Newegg.

Total build cost : Approximately $1,400

I believe thats all the information I can think of to tell you all about. Any and all input will be graciously accepted. Thanks.
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  1. Check the read write speeds and IOPS of that SSD! IOPS should be low and the speeds should be at-least 120MB/s.
    What about an Intel SSD? Maybe a 40/80GB??? Even a 40GB can fit your OS + favourite programs.
  2. The read speed says up to 500MB/s which is considerably higher than 120. I dont think I'm gonna be too worried with the write speed as I dont think I'll be putting much on it, and what I do put on it, I dont care if it takes a few more seconds.
    Newegg gives it 5/5 rating and the reviews are pretty top notch. I see nothing wrong with it, very affordable too.
  3. First I would change out that RAM with the cake cutter heat sinks. Unless you plan on using them for a hair comb they aren't going to do anything other than impede your cpu h/s. Try this down below...low heat sinks ftw.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH

    Those reviews down below are worth taking a quick look at.

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-448-core-oc-power-review/23 <------ If only they did 1920x1080 on there. That's that MSI gtx 560 ti 448 core (over clocked) vs a gtx 580

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_560_Ti_448_Cores_Twin_Frozr_III/30.html <---- there's that MSI card again vs a gtx 580. There's a few more reviews on it also.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127615 $294.99 - $264.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
    MSI N560GTX-Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Here's a nice modular psu down below that will push two of those cards in SLI.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Performance-CP-9020003-NA/dp/B005E98FVS/ref=sr_1_16?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1329548373&sr=1-16 $114.49 & 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

    And a heck of a deal on an uber fast SSD

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 $142.99 FREE SHIPPING OUT OF STOCK. ETA: 02/20/2012
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Less expensive board and it's a Gen 3 board giving you an upgrade path to PCI-E 3.0 and Ivy Bridge.

    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

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4%20Gen3 <----- Another look at that board

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <------ Gen 3

    Better cpu h/s for only a few dollars more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $34.99
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    This case is fairly new on the market, it has better airflow/cooling than that 650D not to mention it cost less.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E983JW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $131.16 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    and your optical drive....

    http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD%C2%B1RW-Serial-Internal-DRW-24B1ST/dp/B0033Z2BAQ/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_b $22.88 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Asus 24xDVD±RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
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