Need help and advise on system layout


Jul 16, 2011
im just trying to get some help into building myself a new gaming system and want to hear what some of you think and if you have any input or advice for a part you think would be better fitting or one that i can downgrade a little on to save money would be most helpfull thank you!

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533

VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card
Item #: N82E16833189002

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130587

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional 70SB088600002 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Item #: N82E16829102019

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139025

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
Item #: N82E16820104173

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130574

Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960
Item #: N82E16819115224

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136232

COOLER MASTER HAF X Blue Edition RC-942-KKN3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119239



Apr 21, 2011
The CPU & Motherboard chosen are incompatible . CPU is socket 1156 whereas the motherboard supports socket 1155.

Also the network card is not a good idea as, the motherboard has a decent one inbuilt, also the sound card is not necessary as the motherboard has a dent one inbuilt. However if you are an audiophile then you may be needing it.
You can build a more efficient system for $1700. Here's my recommendation with the assumption that you are comfortable with the idea of dual GPUs:
It includes SSD, OS, and Cooler as well

CPU & BluRay Burner: $325- i5 2500K & LiteON(Great processor for gaming)

Motherboard & SSD: $275- Gigabyte GA Z68X UD4 & Crucial M4 64 GB(Great motherboard and decent SSD to start with)

Power Supply & RAM: $175-ThermalTake Black Widow 850 & GSkill RipjawX (2X 4GB)(modular , bronze certified PSU & cheap memory, has $10 off with promo code)

Case & HDD: $205- Corsair Graphite 600T & Samsung Spinpoint 1TB(Great case & fast HDD)

Cooler: $53- Xigmatek Dark Knight ( Will give the headroom to overclock the CPU to 4.5 GHz)

OS: $95- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64 bit)(has $15 off with promo code)

GPU: $560(2X $280- Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB(Lethat in crossfire, will blow out a single GTX 580)

Total(Excluding Rebates): 1688 USD

Rebates: 65 USD

Hope that helps.