First build ever - Advice appreciated


Aug 8, 2011
AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 Black SECC Japanese Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Asus VE248H Black 24" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
You know, most people that buy one high-end GPU, planning to add a second one later, never do. By the time they start to feel the need to upgrade, there is another GPU that will beat the SLI setup and not cost any more.

Which would make your PSU massive overkill :)

Other than that, good build!



I couldn't agree more with this. I tell the same thing to people who complain that my suggested builds dont offer a dual card upgradability with the PSU.

You can probably go SLI/CF right now and switch to a new setup down the line.


Since your budget seems fairly, "generous" id even suggest considering scrap the 580 extreme edition, chuck in another $100 and grab yourself Crossfire 6970's. These will tear the nuts off a single 580 for not too much extra cost. Not to mention you could run a single 6970 to begin with since it will run all current games maxed out, and then just add another card when you feel like it/have the funds.

Grabbing SLI 560Ti's would also be a cheaper more performance worthy option.