Oct 1, 2011
Hi, I'm new to this website.

I am building a new gaming rig to run games like Battlefield 3 and Starcraft 2 on max settings. I just want to double check all my research before I start buying the parts.

Part names:

Case: NZXT Phantom ATX full tower case
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 580
Hard Drive: Western Digital WD20EARX 2TB
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123A
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro
Power Supply: Corsair TX-850 V2 850W
Monitor: LG 27" Widescreen LCD
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Speakers: Logitech Z506

Model numbers:

Case: 8C-B8NL2-UGW
CPU: BX80623I72600K
Motherboard: P8Z68-V PRO
Memory: CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
Graphics Card: 015-P3-1580-KR
Hard Drive: WD20EARX
Optical Drive: SH-B123A/RSBP
Sound Card: 70SB088600004
Power Supply: CMPSU-850TXV2
Monitor: W2753V-PF
Operating System: GLC-01844
Speakers: 980-000433

I might also add another GTX 580 SLi to boost FPS.

Is the 850W power supply sufficient enough to support this?

Any advice on further upgrades or changes you might recommend?



An i7 2600k is not a good choice for gaming. An i5 2500k delivers the same performance in terms of gaming and for much less in price. With the extra money you saved, get a 1000W if you want SLI GTX 580 and an OCed CPU. Why do you need 16GB of RAM? That's useless for gaming. Get 4GB to 8GB. Anything more is wasting money. Get a cheaper motherboard. The P8Z68-V PRO is a great motherboard, but spending more isn't always a good thing. If you find any through where you are buying, post it here.


Oct 1, 2011
I'll also be doing lots of video editing as that is what I am currently studying. I read somewhere having more RAM and HyperThreading is good for running intense programs such Sony Vegas and video/audio editing.

Do you have any personal suggestions for another decent Z68 chipset motherboard?
The ASUS P8Z68-V PRO was one of the top selling and reviewed motherboards on Newegg, so I just went with it.