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Hi! I'm new on this forum, and new to computer building, so I apologize in advance for anything I say or do that happens to be absurdly stupid. I'm hoping to build myself a gaming rig before the new school year begins, and this is what I've picked out so far. I'd appreciate any advice you have to offer!

cpu: i7 2600k sandy bridge 3.4ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070
gpu: two gtx 570 in SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130621
ssd: samsung 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147062
hdd: two 300gb wd velociraptors in RAID (0 or 1?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136322
ram: 4 x 4gb cl9 dual channel kingston hyper x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104169
audio card: xfi titanium fatality professional
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102019
case: level 10 gt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133188
OR lanboy air
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129092
motherboard: no idea how to pick a motherboard
power supply: no idea how to pick a power supply

Anything i'm missing? Thanks!
Edited by fox_frost - 8/21/11 at 11:14am
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Just a recommendation: the i7 2600k for gaming in an overkill. Just go for a i5 2500k, save a couple bucks!
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Just a recommendation: the i7 2600k for gaming in an overkill. Just go for a i5 2500k, save a couple bucks!
This^

Also, don't get the VelociRaptors. They're not that fast and are loud. You would literally be MUCH better with 2 Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB drives (~$60 each) in RAID0 if you want speed and don't care for reliability, or RAID1 if you want reliability.

You'll also want a P67 motherboard, so I suggest the Asus P8P67 Pro or P8P67 Deluxe. 16GB of RAM is also complete overkill, and you should be fine with 8GB. I'd recommend G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-1600.

I'll recommend this Corsair TX750 750W PSU, it'll give you a load of headroom for overclocking your CPU, GPU and RAM along with providing adequate power should you want to upgrade to a higher end card.

Other than that, it's a good build.

EDIT: Now that I've noticed the price of those VelociRaptors, why not buy 5 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TBs for the same money and chuck them all in a RAID Array?
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This^

Also, don't get the VelociRaptors. They're not that fast and are loud. You would literally be MUCH better with 2 Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB drives (~$60 each) in RAID0 if you want speed and don't care for reliability, or RAID1 if you want reliability.

You'll also want a P67 motherboard, so I suggest the Asus P8P67 Pro or P8P67 Deluxe. 16GB of RAM is also complete overkill, and you should be fine with 8GB. I'd recommend G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-1600.

I'll recommend this Corsair TX750 750W PSU, it'll give you a load of headroom for overclocking your CPU, GPU and RAM along with providing adequate power should you want to upgrade to a higher end card.

Other than that, it's a good build.

EDIT: Now that I've noticed the price of those VelociRaptors, why not buy 5 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TBs for the same money and chuck them all in a RAID Array?
Good advice.

Ditch the velociraptors and get the samsung spinpoint f3's. I would also get the 2500k cpu and put the extra cash saved towards a better graphics card the 2500k is faster than the 2600k in some games. A great alround motherboard that can achieve 5ghz overclock is the asus p8 p67 pro it is also ready for sli/crossfire if you need it.
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What are you using this for? It will matter on whether you get 8 or 16 gb of ram and whther you get the the 2500k or 2600k. If you get the 2500k, try to pick it up locally at Micro Center. It'll save you some dough.

For PSU, I'd bump it up to one of these two. Both are modular, which is nicer to have. The seasonic is a great brand, free shipping, is cheaper, and has an instant rebate. The corsair is good too, comes with 2 more years under warranty.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151087

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139016

Are you planning for any cooling? Air or water?

Also, that case kicks butt. But you can get a good case for a lot cheaper unless you really want that specific one.
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Wow these are some fast responses o.O Thanks guys. Could someone explain in layman's terms the difference between the asus and the asus deluxe, other than one says deluxe and costs more. Also, is the spinpoint t3 1tb outright superior to a caviar black 1tb?

Edit: I was planning for air cooling, considering my budget is going to be somewhere around 2.5k. Unless you think water cooling is necessary...

Edit 2: Two people have mentioned upgrading my gpu, is it really that lacking? I thought two 570s in SLI outperformed a 590.
Edited by fox_frost - 8/21/11 at 12:21pm
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I don't know what you're referring to on the deluxe part. Which piece of hardware is it?

From what I've been seeing in the forums, you can't really go wrong with the spinpoint or the caviars. Both seem to have their pros and cons, but I see the spinpoints be more popular because of the cost ratio. Honestly if you have 2.5k to spend, you should consider getting a couple of intel SSD's and raid them for your OS, and then a couple of 1-2gb drives to run games/programs and for storage.

If you want air cooling, just go with silver arrow or noctua nd-d14. If you go with water cooling, you have to decide if you are up for doing maintenance on it every few months. If so, you should check out the water cooling threads for some set ups. You can customize your own set up or go with something like the xspc rasa kit. If you want something pre-made that doesn't require maintenance, the corsair h series coolers work fine too. Are you planning to overclock?

GPU is up to you. I think they might have suggested it to save some dough, but we'll wait for them to respond.

Do you have other things like speakers, mouse, keyboard, monitors, operating system?

By the way, +1 to you for good luck!
Edited by DrC - 8/21/11 at 1:27pm
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Please don't get a LVL 10..
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Wow these are some fast responses o.O Thanks guys. Could someone explain in layman's terms the difference between the asus and the asus deluxe, other than one says deluxe and costs more. Also, is the spinpoint t3 1tb outright superior to a caviar black 1tb?

Edit: I was planning for air cooling, considering my budget is going to be somewhere around 2.5k. Unless you think water cooling is necessary...

Edit 2: Two people have mentioned upgrading my gpu, is it really that lacking? I thought two 570s in SLI outperformed a 590.
The P8P67 Pro has just a little less features than the Deluxe.

Unless you want to OC to the extreme, air-cooling should be sufficient.

The F3 1TB was deemed one of, if not the, fastest mechanical hard drives on the market.
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i agree with all the suggestions above. id just like to give my 2 cents on the gpu solution based on past experiences building for friends and reading on many forums.

1. not all games like or support the multi gpu setups (like wow from my experience)
2. from my experience setting it up can either be plug and play or on occasion can be a chore and requires some maintenance from time to time

if you have that kind of budget id tend to go with a single card solution less hassles to go through.

good luck with the build also i agree with the asus boards
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