New i7 2600k Build - Help Pwease <3

Hi there.

I picked up a core i7 2600k Processor for a bargain so I will be building a new gaming rig based around it. Can you guys please look over my pre-build and give me suggestions & recommendations? Thank you!


CPU: Core i7 2600k Sandy Bridge

MOBO: (I will be picking up either one of them because I can get a good deal on them with combo purchase with my i7 2600k from Microcenter. I haven't picked up the CPU so when I go pick it up, I will add the MOBO to my order to get $50 off from combo purchase. The price difference between the two is about $40 with Gigabyte one being the more expensive one)
A. ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
B. Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68

Power Supply(?): (Need help choosing one.. Kinda clueless on choosing PSU's. I know Plus Silver Certified is better, and after MIR the price difference is $10. Should I just go for the Silver Certified?)
A. CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX Plus Certified - $129.99
B. CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 Plus Silver Certified - $139.99 @ MIR

Case: (I've had my eyes fixed on this case for quite a while now. I like the clean smooth look of the case and the fact that it is an aluminum casing. I also really like Corsair products :D!)
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D - $169.99 @ MIR

HDD: (I picked up a Samsung Spinpoint 7200RPM HDD a long time ago and it has been sitting in my room since then. I will be using that in my build.)
Samsung Spinpoint 7200RPM 1TB HDD

My build is not yet complete as I haven't included RAM, GPU, CD/Blueray Drives, etc etc to my build. I will build my system without the GPU first, taking advantage of the Intel 3000 graphics of the core i7 2600k until I feel the need to invest in an actual graphics card.

So... how does my build look so far? And as for the multiple option categories, which ones would you prefer/recommend and why? Thank you very much for all the help and have a great day ^^
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  1. Decide on the graphics card before buying the power supply .
  2. Outlander_04 said:
    Decide on the graphics card before buying the power supply .



    Oh ok good idea! Hahaha..........

    What about the motherboards?
  3. All Z 68 motherboards have very similar performance . ASUS have a better BIOS IMO but the LX is a budget model with cheaper options

    Which one has the features you need?

    When you have the graphics cards sorted then use this
    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
    to work out how much power you need
  4. Outlander_04 said:
    All Z 68 motherboards have very similar performance . ASUS have a better BIOS IMO but the LX is a budget model with cheaper options

    Which one has the features you need?

    When you have the graphics cards sorted then use this
    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
    to work out how much power you need


    For the Asus MOBO, I found this:
    Multi-GPU Support:
    AMD CrossFireX
    AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX

    It seems to be missing Nvidia SLi. Does that mean it does not support Nvidia SLi? If so I would definitely go with the Gigabyte one as it supports AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLi.
  5. skitsofrenic said:
    Hi there.

    I picked up a core i7 2600k Processor for a bargain so I will be building a new gaming rig based around it. Can you guys please look over my pre-build and give me suggestions & recommendations? Thank you!


    CPU: Core i7 2600k Sandy Bridge

    MOBO: (I will be picking up either one of them because I can get a good deal on them with combo purchase with my i7 2600k from Microcenter. I haven't picked up the CPU so when I go pick it up, I will add the MOBO to my order to get $50 off from combo purchase. The price difference between the two is about $40 with Gigabyte one being the more expensive one)
    A. ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
    B. Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68

    Power Supply(?): (Need help choosing one.. Kinda clueless on choosing PSU's. I know Plus Silver Certified is better, and after MIR the price difference is $10. Should I just go for the Silver Certified?)
    A. CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX Plus Certified - $129.99
    B. CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 Plus Silver Certified - $139.99 @ MIR

    Case: (I've had my eyes fixed on this case for quite a while now. I like the clean smooth look of the case and the fact that it is an aluminum casing. I also really like Corsair products :D!)
    Corsair Obsidian Series 650D - $169.99 @ MIR

    HDD: (I picked up a Samsung Spinpoint 7200RPM HDD a long time ago and it has been sitting in my room since then. I will be using that in my build.)
    Samsung Spinpoint 7200RPM 1TB HDD

    My build is not yet complete as I haven't included RAM, GPU, CD/Blueray Drives, etc etc to my build. I will build my system without the GPU first, taking advantage of the Intel 3000 graphics of the core i7 2600k until I feel the need to invest in an actual graphics card.

    So... how does my build look so far? And as for the multiple option categories, which ones would you prefer/recommend and why? Thank you very much for all the help and have a great day ^^



    I have the asus p8z68-v pro/gen3, I think 2 steps up from what you where thinking of. I got to say this board has been great! The tpu over clocks my i5-2500k to 4.3ghz with out breaking a sweat. I haven't added any cooling yet (stock) and I can still run the 4.3ghz at a stable 24c idle. I don't think you can go wrong with the asus, I love mine. As mentioned earlier it has a great BIOS set up, and they make a lot of things easy for you.

    For ten bucks more, why not get the silver cert?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010&Tpk=CORSAIR%20Professional%20Series%20HX750

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Looks like pretty stellar reviews on both of them, but for 10 dollars more you get silver cert plus a bunch of modular cables.. definitely useful for you since you may or may not get a gfx card, if you decide not to you won't need to have the extra cable or 2 in there.
  6. skitsofrenic said:
    For the Asus MOBO, I found this:
    Multi-GPU Support:
    AMD CrossFireX
    AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX

    It seems to be missing Nvidia SLi. Does that mean it does not support Nvidia SLi? If so I would definitely go with the Gigabyte one as it supports AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLi.


    upgrade to the p8z68-v pro gen3, it has sli and crossfire, and is only $150 at microcenter with your cpu purchase. Add 8GB of kingston hyperx 1600 or 1333 for 50 or 45 bucks respectively.
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