First time building new computer - parts help?


Oct 23, 2010
You'll get better responses if you write what things are below the links...

You could go to a cheaper CPU and a better GPU at the same budget, Agreed on the HDD, at least something 7200RPM


Thanks for your suggestions - and sure, here are the parts:

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
My thoughts:

1) The 2600K is nice, but it costs $100 more than a 2500K which will OC to the same levels.
Games use mostly two cores, or perhaps three. 4 is enough. The extra from hyperthreading will be mostly unused and the value of more cache is unknown.
Better to spend $100 more elsewhere if you are on a budget.

2) Nothing wrong with the P67 motherboard. But, a Z68 based motherboard is not much more.
This motherboard includes a 20gb mlc ssd GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD For $229:

3) A 5400rpm drive is not a great performer. Consider a 7200rpm drive instead. Or, use the cache capability of a Z68 chipset and a 20gb hard drive for cache.
Better yet, do both.

4) Other parts, case, psu,ram GTX570 I like. Do you have a dvd burner? only $20 or so.

5) I would get an aftermarket cpu cooler up front. It will keep your cpu cooler and quieter under load. If you OC, you will go higher and easier.
It need not be expensive. Look at the Xigmatek gaia 120mm sd1283 cooler for $30

6) Take the time to download and read the case and motherboard manuals. Many questions will be answered.