New build - curious if it's a decent one?


Aug 22, 2011
Hey there everyone. Long time lurker, first time poster.

I've been contemplating parts and components for awhile now for a completely new build, and I'm just curious if y'all think it's a decent one. I did my best, and hoping it's gonna be as awesome as I think it will be.

FWIW, it will be a gaming PC, with general use.

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k
GPU: EVGA GTX 580 1.5 GB
PSU: OCZ ZX Modular 1000W
MB: Asus P8P67 Deluxe
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB)
HDD: Western Digital Blue Caviar 320 GB 7200 RPM SATA 6 GB/s
SDD: OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA III
Case: Antec 902 V3
DVD Drive: Some cheap-o Samsung drive. (I have an external BD drive as well)


Monitor: ASUS VH238H 23"
Keyboard: Cyborg V5
Mouse: Logitech G9x

Hopefully that's an okay combination? What do you think?
Theres very little advantage in the 2600K over the 2500k . Certainly not worth the money .
Theres no point getting even a 2500K unless you intend to over clock . If you are going to over clock then also get a decent cpu cooler .

a 750 watt psu will run that system well without breaking a sweat

A larger hard drive is only a few dollars more than the 320 gig .



Jun 4, 2008
That's a great combination of parts. You should be happy with it's performance.

Depending on the use of the system, however, I would recommend the i5 2500K for gaming. Unless you plan to do 3D rendering, video editing etc..


Aug 22, 2011
i'd like to keep the option open for video editing. I'm working on a business plan that, if it gets off the ground, I may need to edit advertisements and trailers (it's a theater).

And why an Intel SSD over the OCZ? I had read nothing but good things about their quality, which is why I opted for their parts on the SSD and PSU.

And as far as OCing goes, I don't intend to right away, but most likely in the future as things get more power-hungry or if I need to boost performance for something specific. Again, trying to future proof and keep my options open.


Aug 23, 2011


I tend to stay away from OCZ SSDs also ever since they pulled some shady stuff with one their Agility lines. They made an Agility 2 or 3 with amazing speeds on 34nm flash, then once the item had sufficient high ratings in the tech world, they switched to 25nm flash and kept the item # the same and sold a new ( and crappy ) product under the guise of a tried and true product. ( OCZ will never win me back after that ) You can read more about that and other OCZ SSD dangers on these popular items

Vertex 2
Agility 3
Vertex 3

I'd suggest going with an SSD that doesnt have 20% of its buyers giving it a 1/5 rating, like a Crucial M4, those drives get 5/5 from almost all comers.

... I might also consider 2 x HD 6950 2GBs for $40.00 more than a single GTX 580. Your PSU choice can certainly handle it. There was recently some discussion on this, I'll let them speak for me.