Building my first computer


Oct 11, 2011
Hi, im building my first ever computer and before I start buying anything I want to make sure that all parts are compatable with eachother and would work well together. I am open to suggestions also. Please bear in mind im a college student also so anything that can lower the cost but stay the same or have better performance would be great! please tell me how everything looks thank!

case - cooler master HAF x

graphics card - GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series

psu - COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RS850

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Mother Board - ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe

SSD - intel 120gb

cpu - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge

DVD/Blueray - I have yet to look into these. help with a good cheap one?

Also, if anyone could tell me if this is a decent setup for watercooling

waterblock - XSPC RayStorm CPU Water Block (Intel) w/ LED

Radiator - Swiftech MCR220-QP 2x120 Radiator w/ Built-in Reservoir

Pump/reservoir - XSPC X2O 750 Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir Pump

tubing - ill be using a 1/2" ID tubing with barb fittings
It wont run without a cpu

and if its a gaming rig I think you are spending money unwisely .
A $200 case
a $245 motherboard
and a $140 power supply

so you can buy an over priced and relatively weak graphics card
just does not make sense

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Oct 11, 2011

knew i forgot something :p added it in. i plan on using i7-2600k

also for the os ill get a students version of win 7 through school.

A $70 case
a $150 motherboard
a $75 psu
and unless you are video editing or crunching huge multithreaded numbers
a 2500K

will save you so much money [ without hurting performance even a tiny fraction ]
that you can afford a top end graphics card
and that is going to increase game performance massively

Also ditch the water cooler IMO . They add nothing but complexity