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February 26, 2012 7:21:47 PM

This is my first build, any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated.
worried about compatibility issues.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: trying to keep it at $1,500 before any rebates or shipping costs
System Usage from Most to Least Important: enthusiast level video/photo editing (adobe), games, home office
Parts Not Required:mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country: U.S. - (although shipping to Alaska i might as well be in another country)
Parts Preferences: Intel cpu is only preference
Overclocking: eventually yes
SLI or Crossfire: probably not
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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$330 Intel Core i7-2600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$205 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$310 EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$135 CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I'll add another 16gb in the near future, perhaps another brand if this doesn't fit under the cpu cooler)

$34 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(i think this will be enough to keep it cool for modest overclocks considering ambient house temperature is around 60F)

$110 Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(why is the SATA 6.0 $10 cheaper than SATA3.0?)
(have another WD 500gb that will be reused but almost all storage is external hd)

$125 CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W ATX12V v2.3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$115 AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(i think the power supply has longer cords so full size shouldn't be a prob?)

$19 LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(blueray upgrade in the future)

$140 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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$1,523

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February 26, 2012 7:37:53 PM

you don't need the 'Pro' version, consider this motherboard instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $190

or if not using the onboard graphics - and just overclocking - even this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $150

it's also a GEN3.. and saves you $55 from the Asus Pro Z68 Gen3

second - save another $40 - and get the Windows 7 Home Premium - the Pro version won't give you any useful benefits (unless you have to add it to a Server Domain?)

you won't need 800w - you can get the Corsair 650w one instead like this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W: $110 (it's modular too:) )

- and last RAM - get a lower profile one - in case they interfere with the CPU cooler
February 26, 2012 7:39:00 PM

All looks good and compatible, since this is your first build just remember to put thermal paste on your processor before booting up. Have fun with the beast.
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February 26, 2012 7:47:04 PM

another thing to consider, is the case - you'd might want one with front USB3.0 (those boards all have the connector for it), like this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec Eleven Hundred Black Super Mid Tower Computer Case: $130

there are cheaper ones out there that have front usb3.0 too...
February 26, 2012 8:37:05 PM

thankyou for the comments. I think I'll switch to the ASUS mobo "wasupmike" suggested and a different case....

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-147-...

I wanted plenty of extra power supply for who knows what in the future. I tend to keep my computers longer than most. win 7pro wanted for remote host.
February 26, 2012 9:30:55 PM

This card when over clocked comes close to running on par with a gtx 580. It's on a newer and smaller die than the 570's and 580's, it runs cooler and uses a lot less juice.

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-... $89.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black)

For a modular psu to push two of those cards in SLI then this one is a bargain...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf... $113.99 & 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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING $25 off w/ promo code EMCNHHJ38, ends 2/27
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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