Gaming/Work Build - Anything you can suggest in or out?


Jul 22, 2011
1. ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

2. Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

3. CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

4. ZALMAN CNPS11X Extreme V-Shaped Dual Heatpipe Design w/120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge

5. Two in SLI - EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

6. Two in Raid - Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

7. Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

8. CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active ...

9. ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS - OEM

Cram it all into a HAF X

And blast it through a ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor.

I've been changing small things here and there, just decided on the video cards over some ATI HD Raedon 6950's.

Would like your guys/gals opinions on any money saving tips or performance potential I might be missing. My budget is 3k and I right at that right now.
Agree about the Samsung HDD.

There is a newer, mostly better version of the HX1000, called the HX1050, which is also cheaper:
Corsair HX1050 80Plus Silver Modular $230 ($20 rebate)

However I would also seriously consider these:
Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W 80Plus Silver Fully Modular $185 ($11.80 shipping)

Sentey Golden Steel Power 1000W 80Plus Gold Modular $190 ($5 shipping)

Enermax Modu87+ 900W 80Plus Gold Modular $230 ($60 rebate)
If you don't mind sacrificing efficiency and modularity then there are some ~900W PSUs below $150 worth considering.

I was not impressed by the reviews I read of the Zalman CNPS11X, especially considering it's price.
I would prefer to get the Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B:
With a fan of your choice.
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 $80


Jul 22, 2011
Now the only thing I am worried about is the clearance on the CPU cooler.

The Width of the Zalaman is 80mm, and I know I can't go over that.

Does anyone have any experience with 16gb of Corsair Vengeance and a P8Z68 V Pro?



yes get the samsung f3 1tb hdd
change your ssd to this newer one by crucial the m4 it is also cheaper go figure-
and change your psu to this- 9.5/10 ties the corsair ax1200. that is pretty good
you might like this case-
and get this cpu cooler if you are looking for the best-