My first PC! please give your advice

Ok so about a month and a half ago my laptop blew up. i thought right, time to start this pc ive been wanting to build for 5 years. im 18 and now have the cash (or will have eventually) for a kickass rig. i've done non stop research since then. realistically its turned into an obsession. so im using the tom's hardware template, seems to be a good template.

Currently own
I currently have decided on my case, mobo, and PSU. i have them all here next to me i have already bought them

MOBO: P8Z68 V Pro/GEN3
i liked this motherboard from the moment i saw it. basically seems to have all the flashy parts a z77 will have, realistically its future proof (yes i realise future proof is an impossibility in computer hardware but this is still good) it has PCIE 3, USB 3 and supports all the GPU's and RAM i would want to put in it. let alone the 1155 platform for the CPU

CASE: BitFenix Colossus
to me its the best looking case around. great cable management. front I/O USB 3.0. fan control. 'nuff said.

PSU: Corsair HX-850 Watt
Silver certification is enough for me i think. i dont think ive flaked out on the PSU even though they say you should really pay for Gold power. i dont care. haha. i love the blue colour scheme, the mix between modular cables and non modular is perfect (the nonmodular are cables you'll always use so its no hindrance at all really.

Approximate purchase date
Will probably be purchasing the rest of the parts i need in about 2 months? i have to work a shitload. at the moment i have next to no cash. although i have 3 components to my pc so far.

Budget Range
another 2 grand? i reckon thats what i'll have to spend. cash isnt really an issue. i wont be buying the TOP of the line PC. just a kickass pc. about an 8 on the richter scale.

System usage from most to least important
Gaming, gaming, gaming, gaming. movies, internet surfing. thats it really i dont even really know what video encoding is. i dont do it. as far as im concerned thats where the intel hyperthreading comes into play. dont need that.

Parts not required
PSU, MOBO, CASE obviously^
Keyboard and mouse, ive already decided you guys dont need to know all i'll get is judgement.

Preferred Websites

i use a variety of australian based websites (i live in melbourne)
my favourite as of recently is

south, the deep south.

Parts Preferences
im an intel man for CPU's (bulldozer looks dismal)
but in terms of nvidia vs amd im a fence sitter. whichever is better. atm the new range of PCI 3 cards seems to have been won by nvidia already with the 680.

yes. but not ridiculous. im a bit scared to attempt it given i have next to no knowledge of what amps, volts, and other electrical terms are. but i'll try it and maybe get up to around ~4.5 gHz? around there? seems like an easy target for alot of people.

SLI or Crossfire
yes. eventually. start with one. see how i go. my ego will probably require i buy another within weeks :P

Monitor Res


RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600 mHz
ive decided 16gb is overkill. my primary usage of gaming dictates that 16gb would be almost useless. right?

CPU: Ivy Bridge. probably the Intel Core i5 3570K
after heaps of research ive learned that the 2500k vs 2700k was a matter of computer usage. for gaming the 2500k is adequate yeah?
so will it be the same with the 3570k? seems logical right?

GRAPHICS: Kepler. Kepler definitely Kepler. BUT WHICH ONE!?!?!??!
im aiming at a gtx 680 for now. but by the time i get cash there should be the lower end cards released right?
i wouldnt mind the equivalent of the 560 ti in SLI. so a couple of 660's in SLI would do the trick. but will they exist?
my budget for graphics is realistacally gonna be anywhere from 500 upwards to 1200 bucks.

STORAGE: small SSD boot drive and a large HDD ~~~ Intel 520 series 60GB SSD and a Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5 TB
i like the idea of a small ssd for boots and current games im playing. ive read that the WD caviar is the most reliable SATAIII drives out there. seagate seems to crash alot more.

MONITOR: Samsung S23A950D
IMO the sexiest/highest performing lcd there is. it has all the requirements, 3D, 120hz, 2ms timing so why not get this one?
i understand it doesnt have the lightboost like in the newer lcd's that support real 3d. but im used to it (my tv at home is 3d i use it all the time. not too dark for me)
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  1. <---- Those are Asrocks Z77 and Z75 board line up so far...although they are going to add more boards here soon. Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI also have their boards ready to go. They all get released with Ivy Bridge. <----- Overclocking the gtx 680 w/benchmarks

    Cheaper Kepler cards should start trickling in within the next few weeks to the next few months. <---- This board should go for $200 USD - $160 USD. SLI, dual PCI-E 3.0 slots, etc... it's going to be a bargain for the price imo. $159.00
    Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SSD $55.00
    G.Skill Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAO 8GB (2x4GB) $39.00
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $109.00
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003
  2. Lots of people planning to build Ivy Bridge + Kepler... awesome.

    Whether you SLI a couple of 660 (or whatever the kepler 560 equivalent is) or go with the 680, probably best to wait a see some specs and performance charts on the other Kepler cards. With the 850W PSU you could go a single 680 to start with and add a 2nd down the track when games are more demanding of it. Should be enough juice... I believe IBs power draw is less than SBs and the 680 is less than a 580. Correct me if I'm off, but that should bring a quality 850W into play for SLI 680s with an IB CPU setup nicely :)

    Agree with getting a a 120GB SSD at the minimum these days... 60GB just gets annoyingly small too quick.

    Keep saving your beans till IB arrives and see what you can afford.

    PCCase and MSY are the way to go for sure. Usually get the bulk of my parts from MSY (cheaper and you save a shipping charge). And get better quality SSDs and GPUs from PCCase. Recently put in an Intel 120GB 520 series in a friends system which I got from MSY for $185AUD. Damn good.
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