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http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=11765329

Listed above are all of the 'necessary' parts to this build.

Could someone give me any suggestions/comments? (I've gotten a few about getting a different motherboard or PSU: is an 850 overkill?)

And peripherals (monitors, keyboard, etc):
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=14038491

This build will be for gaming / some multimedia.
post #2 of 11
That's WAY too much power supply. Go for the X650, since it seems that you don't mind spending the coin on a quality PSU. If you're one of the few who say 'I plan to XFire / SLI later...' and you're actually going to do it, then maybe the X750 would be a better option, but the X650 can still probably do you pretty well in that scenario.

Any reason not to go for the 2600k?

$100 for that keyboard seems bit much. I'm a Deck fiend, so I'd recommend one of theirs. For that amount of cash, you should be getting a mechanical without any doubt.

Holy monitors! I've got nothing else to add there.

I've moved away from Razer. I used to be a fan of their products, but it seems like they really fell off lately. Save some cash and get yourself a G500 instead.

Your case fans were chosen for a reason, I'm sure, but you really should visit the air cooling forum and look for some performance reviews. I don't think I've seen Cooler Master fans do very well, and at $15 per, I'm sure you can get some quality fans for equal or less money.

Everything else looks good. I'd choose a different case, but since that's the most subjective part of your build, I won't comment beyond suggesting that you look at some Lian-Li cases in the same price range.

Enjoy!
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Sorry, I just saw that you are doing XFire for the initial build. Go for the x750 PSU.
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It's newer tech with Z68 chipset, but that doesn't necessarily make it better. However, I'd trust a Gigabyte over ASRock any day. There's got to be a reason why Asus doesn't put their own name on those things...
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~Always grab as much PSU as the budget allows (in terms of Quality/Power). PSU's are a componet that will jump from build to build when it's adequate.
~If you're gaming and using the rig for not much else the 2600k wll not net you a performance gain. But you list some multimedia... weigh the ratio then decide.
~There are also threads supporting that the 2600k can run hotter due to HT.

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Save some money on the PSU and the case...and grab yourself a SSD. Your system is super but will be bottleneck greatly by a mechanical hard drive. Why do you need a 200 dollar case? You planning to run a full water cooling system? There many choices <$100 that does excellent cooling and expand ability.

Crucial M4 SSD:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-441-_-Product

I recommend this 650 watt psu. Its good for CF.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207014

These cases are pretty popular:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119196

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-216-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021
Edited by mcc21 - 6/11/11 at 9:19pm
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Originally Posted by mcc21 View Post
Save some money on the PSU and the case...and grab yourself a SSD. Your system is super but will be bottleneck greatly by a mechanical hard drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207014

Also with the money you saved and willing to add a bit more...go for CF 6970.
You're free to do as you please, but I'd recommend that you ignore this person's every word.
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It's newer tech with Z68 chipset, but that doesn't necessarily make it better. However, I'd trust a Gigabyte over ASRock any day. There's got to be a reason why Asus doesn't put their own name on those things...
So what could be wrong with the newer Tech? I have a newer CPU/GPU combo, why would the older mobo support those better?
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You're free to do as you please, but I'd recommend that you ignore this person's every word.
I want to add to this a bit. SSDs are great no doubt about that, but it does not increase FPS in anyway. Loads times are great, but I find them not to be all that great in game. At least for me, but when you add windows onto a SSD it runs really smooth and it is very responsive, and that is where you will see the most difference.
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