New build! pretty much done looking for tips!


Jul 19, 2011
I5 2500k proc

H50 liquid CPU cooler Corsair


8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM

Corsair 850HX PSU

MSI N580GTX Lightning edition GPU

Antec 1200 Case

Asus DVD drive SATA

Samsung Spintpoint 1TB HDD

60GB OCZ SATA 2 SSD (already had)

need a monitor (plan on playing on 1920 X 1080)

any tips would be awesome! buying in the next few days!


The Intel core i7 2600k is overkill for gamers as the Hyperthreading isn't needed as most games don't use more than 2 cores. If he is video editing, however, then the 2600k would be helpful. 2600k = Waste of $70-$100

EDIT: Overkill on PSU? A 650W would be more than sufficient
In gaming, no, the 2600K is not better. Unless you have something like 3 580s or 2 590s, you will not be bottlenecked by a 2500K. The GPUs will be working all out, but the 2500K will have cycles to spare, so getting a 2600K, which will have *more* cycles to spare, will give no performance increase.
A 650W PSU would be fine for one 580, and an 850W for two, if they're good-quality units (
Where in my post did I say a 2600K is better than a 2500K for gaming?? Please learn to read before replying to posts people.

I'm quoting Guru3d on the psu, I would take their suggestion as a professional review site over your hypothesis anyday.

They recommend a 1000w unit when overclocking.

GeForce GTX 580

On your average system the card requires you to have a 650 Watt power supply unit.
GeForce GTX 580 in SLI

A second card requires you to add another 250 Watts. You need a 900+ Watt power supply unit if you use it in a high-end system (1 KiloWatt recommended if you plan on any overclocking).
For each other card (3-way SLI) that you add, just add another 250 Watts and 20A on the 12V rails as a safety margin. What would happen if your PSU can't cope with the load?:

bad 3D performance
crashing games
spontaneous reset or imminent shutdown of the PC
freezing during gameplay
PSU overload can cause it to break down



What is your total budget?