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An old dog here thinking about trying to learn a new trick - building a system (never built one - only install vid card and installed windows a few times). I want to build a system that I can play any game at the highest settings. I have decided to start from the ground up and buy all new except my speaker system. I have read quite a bit and think I should go with an Intel i7 based system. My goal is not to have to crack the case for a few years for any upgrades. I primarily play first person shooters and bought Black Ops only to find out that my rig won't run it. I have never OCed but I am thinking that I might try it with the new system.

Here is what I have so far - Please let me know your thoughts and if I have left anything off the list. I am starting from the ground up and have nothing other than a few tools. I don't know if I need any wires, thermal compound, additional fans, etc. I think I want to stick with air cooled - only because I am familar with it (have replaced a couple of fans in the past); however, I don't want the rig to be loud and have a wind tunnel by my legs. Thanks so much!!!

 

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068

 

SAMSUNG BX2431 Glossy Black 24" Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001440

 

ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121429

 

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?

 

Tt Esport Keyboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823162013

 

 

zowie ZOWIE EC1 Black Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Mouse http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=

 

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

 

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

 

Intel Core i7 2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

 

Plextor PX-M2 Series PX-128M2S 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249010

 

LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.611607

 

ASUS P8P67 LE B3 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7343083&sku=A455-3037

 

Creative Labs 70SB109500000 Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro Sound Card - USB 2.0 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6658182&sku=C44-3510

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Hi there and welcome to the OCC

 

Everything you have chosen looks pretty good except two things.

If you want to OC, you will need an aftermarket cpu cooler. Even $20 are better than stock but cooler=longer cpu life.

And secondly, I would wait for the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD, it should be out in less than a week in the USA. Even the engineering samples wiped the floor with anything else.

 

You shouldnt need any wire or solder, you might need thermal compound for the cpu cooler (some come with it, some dont) and the fans in the Phantom are pretty good, but if you want cooler temps its easy to add more later

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Hey may, welcome

 

Firstly, there is no real point in buying the i7 unless you are going to do heavy rendering and such. The i5 2500k is just as good, if not better at times when it comes to gaming.

I agree with mucho, i would wait for the vertex 3 series.

As for a cpu cooler, even a hyper 212+ will be able to get you a solid overclock of 4ghz+ . This comes with thermal paste so no need to worry about that.

No need to wire or solder anything, the psu will come with all the wires you need and so will the other components. Just make sure when building, your not on carpet and have a few screwdrivers

 

Other than that, looks solid buddy :)

 

Cheers

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I'm with all above

 

1- get the 2500K, it's a monster I just built one for a friend literally 10 minutes ago, I repeat it's PLENTY of muscle for what you need

2- Get the 212+, my friend's 2500K is running at 62C MAX load at 4.5ghz with plenty of clocking to go

3- Get two 560's in SLI, blow the 580 out of the water for the same price.

4- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095 Get these sticks, with an unlocked multiplier, buying faster memory is senseless.

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I agree with the 2500k and the 212+ but I don't think that motherboard supports sli and the second pci e slot only runs at x4, so you might have to get a better motherboard for 2 560s.

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Looks great. Really good choice for parts.

 

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1. I would stay with the I7. You never know when you may need the extra power. (Winrar, Supreme Commander FA)

 

2. You need a after-market CPU cooler. That is a must.

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Okay I agree with the others and would get a good 3rd party cooler. Personally I like the Antec H2O 620 or Corsair H60. I agree with the others on the i7. In fairness very few people ever would ntoice a CPU at the $200 price point or less for daily use even in gaming. With the monitor you chose the GTX 580 is a bit of overkill, a 570 or even 560 would give you more than enough video power.

 

As for the Plexor and G.Skill I would skip them both. I have seen nothing but issues with G.Skill ever since they first put out the Ripjaw line. Get a set of Kingtsom Hyper X or Corsair XMS for the best quality. I would not pay what you are paying for an SSD. You can get solid 128 gig drives for around $225 and 102 gigs for around $200. DO NOT LET THROUGH PUT MAKE A BIG DEAL IN PURCHASING DECISIONS! Unless you deal with massive files every day you will never notice it. The thing that makes an SSD fast is it's random access speeds, even a slow SSD is zippy compared to spindle drives and it is hard to tell the difference between slower and higher end SSDs due to this.

 

You could probably cut back the PSU a bit as well and save some cash without risking having any issues.

 

A lot of the money you are planning to spend might look good on paper or in benchmakrs but in the real world when you use the PC you will not see what you are paying for. A bit thriftier purchasing decisions will get you the same computing experience and save you money.

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Okay - thanks for all the feedback. I have made some changes based upon the input. I am going to drop the sound card and change the motherboard to GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128480

 

Change memory to Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220561

 

Change the PSU to RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152043

 

And change out the SSD - don't know to what yet. I will also get a CPU cooler - don't know which one yet.

 

I know I am going off the deep end on a couple of items - I just want to be done for several years. Thoughts?

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