Need help on first build system for around 2K


Sep 10, 2011
Hey guys. I will be returning home from a six month Afghanistan tour in about three weeks. This will be my first build. I have only upgraded, and replaced components before. This will be a father and son project, so I want it to be fun, and cool. Cost is not a significant object, but would like to keep it to less than $2500 if possible. My son will be using for gaming. Me, other than general use and internet, I really want to transfer all of the old family VHS and Hi8, onto disc (clueless on hardware and softwware needed).
In any case, can you please tell me how the following looks?

Approximate Purchase Date: No later than two weeks (4 October)
Budget Range: Approx $2500 Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Transfer video to disc, general use/interntet
Parts Not Required: (sound card, OS)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, tiger direct
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Intel Sandy Bridge
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe eventually (don't want to mess with SLI now)
Monitor Resolution: I don't know

•CPU: $314 Core I7 2600K

•Mobo: $2499.99 ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe

•GPU: $452. After rebate. EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked 1536 MB GDDR5

•Memory: $104.99 Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit for Intel and AMD Platforms CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

•Case: $169.99 Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Special Edition Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower

•PSU: $183.99 Corsair Professional Series Gold 850-Watt 80 Plus Gold Certified High-Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-850AX

•Hard Drive: $179.99 Lexar Media Inc Crucial 128 GB m4 SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive CT128M4SSD2

•Hard Drive: $139.99 Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Bare Drive ST32000641AS

•Optical Drive: $64.99 SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support

•CPU Cooler: $29.99 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

•Monitor: $312.99 ASUS VG236HE 23-Inch LCD Monitor (open to advice here for sure)

•OS: $117.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit (already purchased)

•Thermal Paste: $8.62 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

•Keyboard:$63.66 Logitech Gaming Keyboard G110

•Mouse: $34.00 Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400



Aug 3, 2011
An i5-2500k would be more than sufficient for what you want to do. games only use the 4 physical cores and don't use the hyperthreading that the i7-2600k adds. Since you aren't really doing any other productivity work I'd take the $100 and either save it or put it toward something else.

16GB is way more than gaming needs. 8GB is more than enough and would save you $50 with no loss of performance. 4GB would be capable but since you are building a 2k system might as well buy 8GB. You can get the same RAM just 2x4GB instead of 4x4GB.

The motherboard seems excessive for the parts you listed. I mean, do you really need 4xSata 6G when you only have a single SSD? Staying with ASUS this board seems more than sufficient for your needs - ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 - $179.99 - It has everything you need and should overclock fine.

Now, depending on how far you want to overclock, you may want to upgrade the CPU cooler with all the money you saved. The ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B is a better and cooler looking CPU cooler. Or you could go with the Noctua NH-D14.

Your PSU is a good size if you plan on going SLI/Crossfire. To save some $ you could get a non-modular design with the same performance.

For a monitor, I like the Acer monitors as they are a lot cheaper. However, the only real way to choose a monitor is to go into a store and look at them. I haven't looked at monitors in years so I'm not going to give a recommendation.


Sep 10, 2011

Thank you. But, I actually don't feel that confident I know what's what. I based everything off of my list, from the reviews, and others post on this forum. Not sure if my PSU is underrated, or if the motherboard is overkill. At this point, I don't mind spending a couple of extra hundred here or there, but want to ensure everything is compatible.