New build. Am I on the right track?

I have been searching the board non-stop for more than a week. What an amazing place!
I will be running CS5, Lightroom, Video editing, browsing and moderate gaming to come.
I have a GPU (GeForce 1gig 560ti, Dual 27 inch monitors, KB, mouse, 2x1TB Sata HD, and OS Win 7 Pro.
I would like this rig to last for several years before upgrading again. I plan to OC and I may go SLI later this year. I chose the case with that in mind and my personal preference for a full tower. I really like the look as well.
I am open to any and all suggestions from the forum. Should I spend a little more for 2x8 memory in case I want to go 32GB in the future. Would I be better served with a bigger PSU? I am thinking about the future here. Adobe CS5 etc benefit from hyper threading but that takes me up a few hundred $$. I can bring this in for $955 after rebates. Some items would need to be purchased today but I have a 2 or 3 week window.

Thanks for your help

Pat


1 Patriot Pyro PP120GS25SSDR 2.5 Patriot Pyro PP120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820220603
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$40.00 Instant
$40.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$199.99
$159.99 with rebate. Great price $119 today only. Any opinions on this SSD? I missed the Crucial M4 yesterday for $130. Will use for OS and programs.

1 CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9 CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233197
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $94.99

1 COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119225
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$199.99

1 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Item #: N82E16813131790
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$15.00 Instant
$219.99
$204.99

1 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139021
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$35.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$104.99

1 Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: Iron Egg Replacement-Only Return Policy $224.99

1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $20.99

1 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+ 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+
Item #: N82E16835103099
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $34.99
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  1. Hi, welcome to the forums.
    You've done well! I'm impressed. I do however want to suggest a few tweaks.
    -Change the mobo to a cheaper one, like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 Still plenty of ports/features but at a cheaper price.
    -Grab your RAM (16GB is MORE than enough. 32GB would never be utilized) in a Dual Channel configuration, as it should be a couple bucks cheaper than Quad Channel branded RAM.
    -The TX750 is fine but with the 750M sitting at just a few bucks cheaper, I would go modular.

    Other than that, you've done excellent.
  2. Quote:
    -Grab your RAM (16GB is MORE than enough. 32GB would never be utilized) in a Dual Channel configuration, as it should be a couple bucks cheaper than Quad Channel branded RAM.


    Quad channel won't work on Z68 either - it's meant for X79 systems.

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    -Change the mobo to a cheaper one, like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157271 Still plenty of ports/features but at a cheaper price.


    I wouldn't - the motherboard the OP has is fine and has far better reliability.

    Some excellent choices to start with.

    However, the Patriot Pyro is a poor choice for SSD. Go with a Crucial M4 instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448

    I'm not the biggest fan of the HAF X - I'd suggest taking a look at the Corsair Carbide instead:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010

    And watch the tall heat sinks on the Vengeance RAM - especially if you're using a Hyper 212, you might want to get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544
  3. Thank you Striker and g-unit. I will dump the Patriot and watch to see if the Crucial M4 comes back on sale. I will swap out the quad core memory. I will research cases further. I have had some concerns about mid tower and future expansion. I know I want low profile ram and I will give some more thought to the MB.
    There sure are a lot of subtle stuff to learn about. Thanks for all the help
  4. Quote:
    Quad channel won't work on Z68 either - it's meant for X79 systems.
    I understand that, I was assuming he had a quad channel set as the RAM seemed a bit expensive.

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    I wouldn't - the motherboard the OP has is fine and has far better reliability.
    Why would you say it's more reliable?

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    However, the Patriot Pyro is a poor choice for SSD. Go with a Crucial M4 instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448

    I agree here. However I think the OP is trying to budget as best he can, which is where a mobo swap would make sense to allow for a higher quality SSD. The Pyro uses asynchronous NAND which isn't good at all once you get above about 80% capacity.
  5. Quote:
    Why would you say it's more reliable?


    I've never tried Asrock - I'm open to it. I've used a lot of Gigabyte and Asus boards though and have 0 issues with any of them. Both of my systems now run Gigabyte boards (one AMD 990FX, the other Intel Z68) and they're both rock solid and stable.

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    I agree here. However I think the OP is trying to budget as best he can, which is where a mobo swap would make sense to allow for a higher quality SSD. The Pyro uses asynchronous NAND which isn't good at all once you get above about 80% capacity.


    That's why I usually don't recommend an SSD on a tight budget if it's at all possible to help it - most of the low end SSDs are not the greatest at all, and the higher end ones (like the Crucial M4, Samsung 830, Intel 510, Plextor PX-M3) can be quite a bit pricey but if you know where to look it's definitely better to have all your options open.
  6. g-unit1111 said:


    I've never tried Asrock - I'm open to it. I've used a lot of Gigabyte and Asus boards though and have 0 issues with any of them. Both of my systems now run Gigabyte boards (one AMD 990FX, the other Intel Z68) and they're both rock solid and stable.

    Haha I can respect that. I've used two Asrock boards so far, loved em. Guess I'm just a bit of a fanboy :p
  7. I made a few changes in my final configuration. All from Newegg.

    I went with the ASRock MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 for $130

    I dumped the Pyro and went with the Crucial M4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442 for $175

    I am using dual core memory and chose Crucial Ballistic Sport 2x8GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544 for $90

    I opted for the HAF 932 full tower case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.845835 for $$145. Combo deal with the DVD saved $12.

    I had $40 to burn and opted to put it into the PSU. I went to Corsair Pro Gold 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016 for $135 after rebate and weekend promo code of $25. Corsair has a 15% coupon for many PSU's this weekend at Newegg. The 750M recommended would have cost me $95

    I am bringing the whole rig in for $961 after shipping, promo codes, weekend specials, and rebates.

    I am waiting for Newegg to update the public public wishlists and I will post a link when I do so.

    What fun this has been. It is almost Christmas!

    This board has been great to me and I can't thank enough everyone who responded to my posts.

    I will pull the trigger today or tomorrow. If anyone sees any issues or wants to make other suggestions, please do so.

    Thank you,

    Pat
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