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April 24, 2012 4:19:23 PM

Looking for a compatibility (and does-this-make-sense) check for this build before I go and pull the trigger.

Purchase date: this week, most likely

Purpose: Home theatre, gaming (but not super intensely), CS5 (ditto), other home use.

Parts not required: keyboard, mouse

preferred website: newegg (in USA)

parts preference: corsair, asus, EVGA

SLI: Maybe, but nor for a while

OC: Probably

Budget: no hard number. $1500 is upper limit, $1300 is better, but don't want to sacrifice component quality or warranty for the sake of a few extra dollars. This is before mail-in rebates.

Resolution: Not sure; going to start with Viewsonic VX4233wm and upgrade if/when necessary (potentially within a few months).

Here's the link: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

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

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

Thank you! Again, please let me know if it will all work together, and if in your opinion some parts are overkill or not good enough and that money would be better reallocated in some other way.
April 24, 2012 4:34:04 PM

If you can grab it by today, this is a much nicer PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold

It is currently $159 w/ free shipping and a $40 off promo code (EMCYTZT1484) thru today only though.

I have this exact PSU and it is a phenominal power supply.

For clearance w/ your CPU cooler, you might want to look into a more lowprofile RAM choice.

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory

It is the same price as the RAM you listed and will clear your cooler.
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April 24, 2012 7:02:48 PM

The 2600K wouldnt do much better than the 2500K on Gaming or CS5, unless you do them at the same time (Hyper Threading). If this is a HTPC-type build, I would save $100 and get the 2500k.

You have great Upgradablilty with this build, but are you actually going to use it? How seriously do you wish to SLI in the future? If you dont SLI, you can save $70-80 on the power supply and then some more on the Motherboard. Also, you have picked a very high quality Board with the z77 sabertooth. This will give you great reliability and increased OC ability, but may not be required for your needs. Also, the benefits of z77 in general are questionable, and you could pick up a Asus p8z68 Pro for ~$150, which will be just as reliable and OC'able but would cost much less.

The bottle neck in this system is the graphics card. So If you do plan to play the newest games at 1080p and good detail levels, I would upgrade to a AMD 7870 or even a 7970 or 680 GTX. You can easily save enough money by getting the 2500k and z68 board to pay for the upgrade.
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April 24, 2012 8:26:13 PM

Kulladoctor, Pezcore27,

Thank you both. I think I'm going to go with the i5-2500k, lower profile ram, seasonic PSU, and updating to a 570 GTX. I think I got myself emotionally attached to the Sabretooth z77, so I'm going to keep that around and go to a 570 rather than a 580/680 (the prices I was finding on newegg for the 580 and 680 seem prohibitive, and while good graphics is important to me, i've been on a laptop so long that anything is better than where I'm at now).

Thank you SO much for your suggestions; this is great!
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April 24, 2012 8:50:13 PM

What PSU did you choose? Did you leave in the option of SLI?
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April 24, 2012 9:11:32 PM

Yes the x750 should suffice for your needs, but that promo code ends today, so if you can grab it today, it's a great deal.

I wish I'd have gotten that deal on mine when I bought one :( 
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