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Building a PC - My first time

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May 31, 2012 8:15:45 PM

Hello everyone!

I am building myself a pc, after having only ever brought pre-made set ups

I have done some research and me and my friend have compiled a spec list. As far as we can tell, these should work perfectly fine together, however I would appreciate a second opinion.


Here is what I have got:

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H
RAM - Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B 16GB (4x4GB) 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Blu Memory Four Module Kit
Prossesor - intel Sandybridge i7-2600K Unlocked Core i7 Quad-Core Processor
Graphics card - Gigabyte nVIDIA GTX560TI 1GB PCI-E
Hard drive 1 - Samsung F4 EcoGreen 2TB 32MB 5400RPM 3.5 Inch SATA-II Internal Hard Drive
Hard drive 2 - Corsair CSSD-F120GB3-BK Force Series 3 120GB Solid State Drive
Sound card - ASUS Xonar DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card
DVD drive - Samsung 22x SATA DVD Writer
Case - Zalman Z11 Plus High Performance Mid ATX Desktop Tower
Power supply - Corsair CMPSU-800GUK Gaming Series GS800 High Performance 800W Power Supply

Thankyou for any help.
It is much appreciated.


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May 31, 2012 8:28:25 PM

what will you use it for?

if its gaming a 2500k would do

2600k only needed if you use stuff that needs hyperthreading

are you going to overclock?

as dont see an aftermarket heatsink there

800w is more than needed really

and onboard sound is pretty good so a sound card may not be needed
May 31, 2012 8:40:33 PM

Thanks for the response.

Ill be using it for gaming, so i might get the 2500k, however i am planning on running two monitors...

I didnt include any cooling/ fans as i have them sorted out

Im only going for the 800w as a precautionary thing, even though it might be abit more than needed, the same story goes for the sound card.

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May 31, 2012 8:44:36 PM

Theo Dm said:
Thanks for the response.

Ill be using it for gaming, so i might get the 2500k, however i am planning on running two monitors...

I didnt include any cooling/ fans as i have them sorted out

Im only going for the 800w as a precautionary thing, even though it might be abit more than needed, the same story goes for the sound card.


Even if you will be running two monitors, I don't think your i5 2500k will be having a hard time pushing a game+browser, music, skype, all that jazz. Even in an Nvidia Surround set up, you'll want to concentrate more on your GPU than CPU.

Also, 800 Watts is more than enough for your rig, I'd go as far to say it's a bit overkill. I have a 750w PSU, but I was planning on SLI in the future (which never happened...) so I would recommend a 650w at most for your specs.

As for sound card, I haven't looked at your particular motherboard, but most motherboards these days have very modest 2.1, 5.1, or even 7.1 audio built in. If you have a $300+ speaker set then you may want to invest in a dedicated sound card, however, it's not really a necessity.
May 31, 2012 8:56:25 PM

If you're using it for gaming, definitely take the money that you would be putting into the 2600k and put it into a better video card. There is nothing wrong with the 560 Ti, but there are far better options (e.g. 7850 or 670) that cost a bit more.
May 31, 2012 9:02:14 PM

Oh silly me, I didn't read this thread right :lol:  . I had thought he was concerned about a 2500k not being enough so he was considering a 2600k.

But everyone here is right, and what I wrote in my earlier post still stands.

Take the money you save from the 2600k -> 2500k, and invest it in a better GPU.

7850, 7870, 670, 570, Or even a 580 if you can find it for a nice price all get my vote :) 
May 31, 2012 9:28:14 PM

Haha, wow. I went the i7 2600 + 560 ti route and it worked great for me! But then again I do some rendering and in-game capture.

IMPORTANT: OP, If i could do it over again for just gaming I would have gone i5 2500 + 570.
May 31, 2012 9:39:09 PM

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