First Time PC build. High end Gaming rig.


Aug 12, 2011
I'm planning on building an Intel based rig. I have already ordered Corsair Vengance ram 8gb ddr3 and the i7-2600k. So far I've been looking at this for a beginning system and I plan to add a all-in-one water cooler like an H50 and a second gpu in sli or crossfire.

Preliminary Plan

CPU i7-2600k-Purchased

Ram Corsair Vengance 8 gb-Purchased- (16 gb planned for future.)

Mobo MSI Z68-GDG5 (B3) LGA 1155

GPU Undecided.... AMD card or Nividia? I was hoping to find a mid range gpu that I could crossfire or sli in a month or so, my budget to finish the computer is semi-tight being in high school still. Recommendations?

PSU Corsair CMPSU-950TX 80 plus certified

SSD Undecided... thinking towards cheaper SSD's.

HDD Want a low latency HDD if possible.

Case Undecided... looking for a good but cheaper case with good cooling and expandability.

Water Cooler H50 water cooler for future addition.

Any recommendations/comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. :)