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Hello. I'm building my first rig and would like to know if their's anything I'm missing and whether or not everything's compatible. I've spent some time researching on what is and isn't compatible before I began planning as well as product reviews on what I should and should not buy but would like a second opinion. Before I list my specifications, I want to say that I'm on no particular budget but am not planning to incorporate triple SLI nor triple screen gaming such as an Eyefinity setup into my rig at this time. I'm not looking to include a water cooling system either until I've gotten some experience with assembly on an older PC first. With that said, here are my specifications:

ATX Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case(Newegg: $190)
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply(Newegg: $135)
ATX MB: ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS(Newegg: $260)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive(Newegg: $90)
SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive SSD(Newegg: $200)
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K(Newegg: $315)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler(Newegg: $90)
GPU 1: EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card(Newegg: $400)
GPU 2: EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card(Newegg: $400)
SC: Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium(Newegg: $100)
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9(Newegg: $60)
ODD 1: ASUS Blu Ray Disc Writer (ODD BW-12B1LT)(Amazon: $140)
ODD 2: Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x 8x 16x (DVD) 48x 32x 48x (CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (Black)(Amazon: $20)
Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid Widescreen 23.6" 3D LCD Display(Newegg: $320)
Sound System: Creative Inspire T6160 5.1 Multimedia Speaker System(Amazon: $80)
Mouse: Saitek CCB437080002/04/1 Black USB Wired Laser 5600 dpi Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse(Newegg: $75)
Keyboard: Saitek Cyborg V5 CCB44026N0B2/06/1 Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard(Newegg: $60)
Gaming Headset: Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless Headset Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound with Bluetooth(Newegg: $215)
Bluetooth Dongle: Cirago BTA-6210 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Dongle support Bluetooth 2.1(Newegg: $25)
Mouse Pad: Cyborg V.5 Gaming Surface(Amazon: $30)
Nvidia 3D Vision Kit: NVIDIA 3D Vision Wireless Glasses Kit Model 942-10701-0003-004(Newegg: $150)
Case Filtering: DEMCiflex Magnetic Fan Dust Filter - Custom 5 Piece Set for CM HAF-X(Performance PCS: $80)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit(Microsoft: $220)


Newegg Total: $3,099.26
Amazon Total: $292.03
Performance PCS Total: 79.85
Microsoft Total: $233.13
Grand Total: $3704.27


EDIT
I've just added the upgrades I've made to my build based on the recommended changes I've gotten in both this thread as well as my other thread in the Intel-General forum (since Infinite Jest let me know that it should've been posted there instead). Any feedback anyone has on any changes I should make to my build is much appreciated.

Edited by john2earth - 8/18/11 at 7:13am
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Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
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Saitek Cyborg V5 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
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Saitek Cyborg V5 
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post #2 of 18
Everything looks compatible, but I;d make sure the RAM can fit under your cpu cooler. Also, but an OEM win 7 from newegg instead of MS and save yourself some mula. YOu could probably back down on the psu & mobo also, but that's your choice. Also with that budget you may want to consider a nice 120gb SSD.
Edited by Infinite Jest - 8/16/11 at 6:16pm
post #3 of 18
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I'm not very familiar with SSD but have read their role in gaming is to reduce loading times. However, when I looked through several SSD manufacturer reviews, I saw alot of people complaining about their being problems such as delays. I have no idea what that means but if their's some nice benefit to purchasing one I'll definitely include one in my build.
Rig Specs
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Saitek Cyborg V5 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Saitek Cyborg V5 
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post #4 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by john2earth;14608338 
I'm not very familiar with SSD but have read their role in gaming is to reduce loading times. However, when I looked through several SSD manufacturer reviews, I saw alot of people complaining about their being problems such as delays. I have no idea what that means but if their's some nice benefit to purchasing one I'll definitely include one in my build.

There have been some firmware issues with certain brands but the majority of them are amazing. While having fast load times in games is nice, their main use comes in the form of speeding up pretty much any apps you put on it, including your OS. I myself have a 'cheapy' SSD and it is jaw-droppingly fast compared to me 7200rpm HDD. The crucial M4 is actually a shellshocker deal atm, so you might want to check it out. Basically, store the majority of your games on a HDD and ones with particularly large load times or lots of textures on your SSD as well as your OS and all of your other programs.
Edited by Infinite Jest - 8/16/11 at 6:37pm
post #5 of 18
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Thanks alot. I've just added the $200 Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) to my build.

I'd like to throw in a question if I may. What steps should I take to make sure assembly goes along smoothly? I'm guessing when everything's in place I run Windows 7 on boot. Are their any additional software setups I should know about once I'm finished installing the OS? Drivers I should know about?
Edited by john2earth - 8/16/11 at 6:52pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Saitek Cyborg V5 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Saitek Cyborg V5 
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by john2earth;14608613 
Thanks alot. I've just added the $200 Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) to my build.

I'd like to throw in a question if I may. What steps should I take to make sure assembly goes along smoothly? I'm guessing when everything's in place I run Windows 7 on boot. Are their any additional software setups I should know about once I'm finished installing the OS? Drivers I should know about?


Whoaaaa there! One step at a time! Before you tal kabout software, get this baby bought and built. Also, I just realized that this was posted in the wrong section (should be under intel-general) , so that may be why I am the only one who has responded. tongue.gif It's good to have input from multiple people.
post #7 of 18
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I wasn't sure if this was the right forum or not. I happened to see another poster post a similar thread to this one here in this forum and assumed wrong. Thanks alot for letting me know. I'll repost this thread over there and direct some questions I have in that thread.

If admins want to lock this thread, that's fine.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Saitek Cyborg V5 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Saitek Cyborg V5 
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post #8 of 18
Looks solid. Are you sure you need 2x 570's?
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i5 6600k 1.22V 4.7Ghz OC AIR 59C load ASUS Z170-A Gigabyte 7870 1100/1200 OC Crucial Sport 8GB 2400 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
BX100 250GB Windows 10 64 bit Anti Beacon Asus VH242H Supernova 550 Evga 
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Corsair Air 540 Logitech G400 A black one Cyber Acoustics Speakers 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
BX100 250GB Windows 10 64 bit Anti Beacon Asus VH242H Supernova 550 Evga 
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post #9 of 18
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Probably not but I'm building this PC for longevity. I'd like to load my build up so I won't have to worry about future upgrades for quite some time.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Saitek Cyborg V5 
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Rig Specs
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4Ghz Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z SLI EVGA GTX 570 HD 2560Mb Corsair XMS3 8GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 128Gb SATA III Asus Blu Ray Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Acer 23.6" 120Hz 3D LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg V5 Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master HAF X 942 Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
Mouse Pad
Saitek Cyborg V5 
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post #10 of 18
Hi,

looks good but you got to ask yourself what you going to be doing with the PC? are you a hardcore gamer? video editing or watching videos? general PC user (browsing web, working on docs etc)?

I would def have a Win 7 on a SSD one of the biggest performance increases.
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