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First build - gaming & work on 2600k

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April 22, 2012 1:11:29 AM

I'd like to thank the forum in advance for all the previous posts; I have learned a lot here just by reading.

I'm doing a new build, primarily for gaming (this is what the SLI is for), but will also be using it for work sparingly (why I'm going for 2600k rather than 2500k, and also why 32GB). Yes, I will be over clocking. OS: Win 7 Pro-64. This is going to be hooked up to a 1080p LCD TV for gaming - if my TV doesn't cut it for gaming, I'm gonna get another one. When I use it for work it will be via remote desktop.

I already have one of the GPUs in my other machine and will move it into this new build, so that component is fixed. Everything else is variable though since I haven't bought anything else yet. I've got everything in my newegg wishlist and was about to buy it all, but figured it'd be a good idea to check with you guys in case I'm messed something up (this is my first build -- my last build doesn't count cause I bought everything at a local store and they guided me).

Here's my wishlist:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$99.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED, 1x 140mm rear, 1x 230mm top, and 1x 230mm side
$129.99

LG Black 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support SATA Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support - OEM
$64.99

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$209.99

MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$389.99
$389.99

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$174.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
$309.99

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$159.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10
$249.99

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+
$34.99

Total:
$2,214.89
April 22, 2012 1:22:16 AM

The build your looking at is very similar to the one I'm looking at. How did you end up deciding z68 vs z77?
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April 22, 2012 3:14:16 AM

Now that you asked, and I looked around a bit more I think I'm going to switch to z77. I based my original decision on what I read about the other board, however, because it's been around so much longer I think I found a lot more info on it. So, now I'm considering this one instead:

ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$274.99

New Total:
$2,279.89 (boy this keeps spiraling out of control)

Several of the other ASUS Z77 boards don't have bluetooth which is why I picked this one, which I think I'm also going to need to hookup wireless peripherals to, though I haven't researched that yet.
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