Please critique my build before ordering


Sep 27, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: $1000-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, amazon

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences:Intel/Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Definitely in the future (maybe 5-6 months down the road)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is the first build I've done in a few years and would appreciate any expert advice on my build. I'll mainly be using this for gaming (BF3, Skyrim, D3) and some light video editing. I'd like to add a 2nd card down the road once my budget permits and hopefully have a rig that will last at least a few years. Thanks in advance for any help or insight! So far this is what I have come up with:

AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 Black SECC Japanese Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Total price shipped: $1,117.93 ($1,077 after mail-in rebates)

I know the case is a bit large and pricey, but I wanted to make sure there was plenty of room and airflow for 2 of those EVGA's in the future. Thanks again for any advice.


Sep 3, 2008
Depending on how much video editing you do, you should be ok with the i5 2500k. If you do a lot of editing and extensive applications then the i7 would be better since hyperthreading could help. Otherwise the build looks great. If you are going to overclock I would get the CM 212 cooler.


Apr 7, 2011
cppl things i see ......if you want faster video editing capabilities your mobo choice should include lucid the as rock does not may i suggest

or this one costs less....but not quite as good

you could save a bit on the case by going with this i see at the price

if sli is truly in your future id save a lil now and go with

2x 2gig 560ti's will scream and they scale quite well overclocked.......that and the 850watt psu could handle 2 of those easier than 2 superclocked 570's

and yes....get an aftermarket cooler!!!

this guy works great for the price

well......good luck



750w for dual 560's in SLI and that Asrock board in the OP has "Lucid Virtu" <----- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 <----- ASRock Z68 Features <---- PCI-E 3.0