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New computer need help!!

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March 8, 2012 8:20:59 PM

I am a newer generation computer builder and I need some help to make sure these computer parts will work together. What do you guys think? I will be using the machine for some photo editing and some gaming.
Lian Li case
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I could also use some help finding a good power source and some fans that will keep the system cool.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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March 8, 2012 8:37:23 PM

I won't knock you on the case, thats up to personal preference. I have heard that case is good for acoustic dampening.

Skip the 55Ti, go with a 6850 or 6870.
6850 in same price range

16GB of ram is over kill. 8GB will do you just fine

Skip that motherboard. Its not a bad board but doesn't go with the CPU I would pick

Skip that processor as well. Go with the i5 2500K

I was going to pick up that SSD..

Powersupply.. I am biased to XFX based on past history with their products

Your parts without power supply = $1170
What I would go with and power supply = $1137
March 8, 2012 8:39:36 PM

don't get the 550ti, its a complete rip-off, and since you can afford a 2600k, then upgrading your gpu would make your gaming experience much more enjoyable.
as for the motherboard you could also have a look at if the z68 ones offer you faetures that you would need