New to PC building

Hello I have been doing a ton of research in the last couple of weeks in an attempt to build my first pc.I have come up with a tenative gaming build. I want to post my build in hopes that those with more knowlegable hands can approve or dissaprove my choices and also give advice on compatibility and user friendlyness. Thanks for any help you can offer.

My Build
1.XION Predator Gaming Series AXP 970-001BK Mid Tower PC Case

2.Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

3.MSI Z77A-GD55 LGA 1155 motherboard

4. OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

5.Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

6.EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) Classified 1280MB 320-bit


8.Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-800w PSU

9.Just going to pick up an optical drive from Microcenter when make a trip there.

Some questions I had where
1. Do i need another standard hard drive along with my SSD?
2. From what I can tell unless I run two Gpu's in SLI 800w PSU should be enough correct?
3. Theres more but ill wait for feedback on what i have first.
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  1. psu, get a corsair hx 850, much better than rosewill one.
    get the hd 7870 other than the gx 570. get crucial m4 256gb ssd, much better reliability, cpu is fine but you can also consider i5 3570k.
  2. I would go with an Ivy Bridge proc. After all why not? It is same price and a lil better. For sure go with the 7870 over the 570. You will need a mech. hard drive also unless you are just doing windows and like 2 games... ever. Also go with the Corsair PS over a Rosewill.
  3. As far as the gpu's go, is keeping within brands a consideration? For example is it better to use a AMD processor with an AMD GPU?

    Also I looked into the i7 series processors and from what I can tell the offer very little over the one I have selected for there higher prices. Am I wrong in this lie of thinking?
  4. I researched all of your recomendations and very happy with the results, especially the ram having such high reviews and being over 20$ cheaper. I will go with your suggestions, I ask the questions because more than just wanting to make a great machine I want to learn about the differnces in products to help me make better choices in the future.
  5. As far as using 2 hard drives besides the OS what else should be placed in the SSD? I am assuming the games I download as well to take advantge of the SSD's speed is there anything else?
    Also im assuming this setup will run all the latest and greatest games well. Is it however in my best intrest too go with a real High end GPU or run two gpu's in sli/crossfire? In terms of budget I dont have a set limit im more concenered with a quality build first and foremost.
  6. RookiePCer said:
    As far as using 2 hard drives besides the OS what else should be placed in the SSD? I am assuming the games I download as well to take advantge of the SSD's speed is there anything else?

    Sevenforums has a good guide on moving your Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos folders to your storage drive. I would install Windows 7 and more demanding games (in terms of load times) on the SSD. I would install less hard drive intensive applications and games on the 2TB drive. I, personally, made a folder called "Apps" for that on my D: drive. But, you also have 256GB SSD, I have a 128GB. If you save your movies and music to your 2TB storage drive, you may be able to install all of your games and software on the C: drive.

    I would also make sure you use ACHI mode for the SSD instead of IDE mode (setting in the BIOS of the motherboard). Google it for more details. I can also recommend that you adjust your page file settings. There are a few thoughts on how to do this, but I'll tell you how I have mine. Set the SSD (C: drive) to 1024MB and set your storage drive (D: drive) to system managed. I have found these settings to be a good combination of performance and compatibility.
  7. Thanks alot for all your help. I have alot more research to do and Im sure more questions but for the meantime I appreciate your help.
  8. Best answer selected by RookiePCer.
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