Opinion on what could be my first build


Jun 21, 2006
So after months of waiting and going back and forth im almost ready to order the parts for my first build and would like opinions on what I have put together. keep in mind this will not be a gaming machine its just a high end personal machine for basic video and audio encoding here and there and every day pc use

For a case im still undecided but its between the fractal design arc midi which just came out and the corsair carbide 400r

If I go the arc I would be adding an additional front intake 140mm fan to bring it to two total

If I went with the 400r I would be adding a top exhaust fan

So heres what the rest of my order would look like I have a 2000 dollar budget to work with but obviously would like to keep it under

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS


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


CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...


2 for total of 16gb CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9


Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


2 new ones and one from my current pc Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM


Logitech 920-000914 Black USB Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard

A very good list of parts.

A few suggestions:

1) Get the case you love. You will be looking at it for a long time. Do not concern yourself with cooling. Your parts are cool running, and without a gaming graphics card(I assume the integrated graphics) there is no heat issue that one or two slow turning 120mm fans can't handle. I happen to like the Lian li cases, you might check them out.

2) Nothing wrong with the corsair 750w unit. But even a 380w unit will do the job.
Why not go for a gold rated psu like the Seasonic 550w?

3) Get a 16gb ram kit. Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
Some motherboards can be very sensitive to this.
It is better to get what you need in one kit.
Here is the same ram in a matched 16gb kit:

4) For a first build, take the time to download and read the manuals for the motherboard and case. Many questions will be answered.

5) You did not mention monitors. Consider using two identical monitors.


Oct 5, 2010
Dont know if you have made your purchase yet, but i started my first build with an antec300. At that time i thought i would never want another case but as time progressed and i caught sight of the arc midi, i had already changed my mind and was checking newegg night and day for almost three months for that case. And i have to say, corsair makes very good cases but i couldnt be any more pleased with fractal design. $99 and is very VERY well built. plenty of room, bigger than what the pics will show, heavy but sturdy and has so many options for fans/coolers/drives and wiring you'll be up all night everynight