First time build. Final setup. Extras needed?


Jun 29, 2011
I am about to finally get these components for my first rig. I am confident in the build, but am wondering, what am I missing?

Intel i5 2500K
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3-B3 mobo
G.Skill Sniper 1600 8GB (2x4GB) memory
Seagate Barracuda SATA 6gbs 1TB HDD
Crucial M4 SATA III SSD 64GB
XFX ModXStream Pro Modular 600W PSU
Lian Li PC K57 Case
Xigmatek Gaia CPU Cooler
Windows 7 64 bit

I will be getting thermal paste for the cooler (Xigmatek PTI-G3606 or Arctic Silver 5).
I will get the wrist strap for static. I already have a screwdriver.
I have a surge protector, monitor, keyboard, mouse...

I am pretty sure that the mobo comes with 2 SATA cables. But cannot find details if they are for SATA 3Gbs or SATA 6 Gbs.
Also, I know that my HDD and SSD use SATA 6gbs... and the DVD drive is SATA.
Do I need to get a single extra SATA cable for the DVD drive, and use the included cables for the HDD and SSD?
or should I use one of the included SATA cables for the DVD, and purchase two 6gbs rated SATA cables for the HDD and SSD?

I would just hate to spend all of this money, get all of these boxes... and then have to wait for something like a $5 cable. Is there anything else I am missing on this?


Jun 29, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date:This week... by July 22

Budget Range: $1000 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, web, office, possible light gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, b&H photo

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type ...

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am pretty confident with this build. Just trying to figure out what "incidentals" I may be missing.

Intel core i5 2500K
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3-B3
$334.98 in combo deal

EVGA 01G-P3-1452-TR GeForce GTS 450
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
$180.98 in combo deal minus $20 rebate

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
$73.48 in combo deal

OCZ ModXStream Pro Modular 700W
$$79.99 minus $30 rebate

Lian Li Lancool PC-K57

Xigmatek Gaia CPU Cooler

Crucial M4 64GB SSD

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Thermal paste for the cooler = Xigmatek PTI-G3606
I will get the wrist strap for static. I already have a screwdriver.
I have a surge protector, monitor, keyboard, mouse...

Are there any incidentals I am missing/forgetting on this build? Cables etc???


Jun 29, 2011
Thanks for the heads up about OCZ with the rebate.

2 questions.
1) the mobo. The reason I went with my selection is the onboard USB 3. I will be upgrading to using a USB 3 card reader, and my camera has usb 3 connector, so i wanted that. Is there anything about the one you recommended that makes it better? or is it just the $10 difference.

2) the GPU. The reason for my selection of an nvidia gpu is that i have read that photoshop benefits from the "cuda cores" technology. Is this incorrect? Or does the radeon have similar capabilities?

Thanks again.
It's just the money savings it'll perform the same.

Yes Photoshop does take advantage of CUDA, but depednding on the version. Are you using 5.0 or 5.5, in 5.0 barely any CUDA is used except in a plug-in but it really doesn't have a huge effect since Actions and Patch/Spot Heal etc. tools are much faster.

In 5.5 more of CUDA is used, though I don't really see a difference. It's up to you.