Building my first PC. Spec List. Suggestions please.

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Jul 5, 2007
Hi guys. Im planning on building my first PC. I will be mainly using it for gaming while my wife will be using it for photo editing for her photography business. Here is the list of the components i was thinking of putting in along with a link to the item and the current price. I want to stay around the $2000 mark. Any thought or suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks!

Computer Case
COOLER MASTER CM Storm Scout 2 SGC-2100-KWN1 All Midnight Black Appearance: Polymer, Coated Steel Mesh and Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Price: 79.99

Motherboard (8 memory slots)
ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

Price: $319.99

Intel Processor (Corei7 3960)
Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Price: $299.99

Memory (DDR3)
Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model BLE2KIT8G3D1869DE1TX0

Price: $128.99

Operating System

(64) Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit – OEM

Price: $139.99

Cooling System

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Price: $63.99

Power Supply (Over 700w)

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Price: $109.99

Primary Hard Drive (SSD over 200GB)

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Price: $219.99

Date Drive (2TB or more)

Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Price: $179.99

Optical Drive (BluRay RW)

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) – OEM

Price: $69.99

Video Card

EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

Price: $299.99

Sound Card

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM

Price: $26.99

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Total Price: $1939.88 as of 01/28/13


Mar 6, 2003
check what the onboard sound is like before buying the card

you are likely to find you are happy with it saving the cost of the card

all components look fine to me
Dec 7, 2011
I would balance your gpu and cpu, you have a beast cpu and a mid line gpu maybe get a cheaper cpu? go the the 1155 socket, still great preformance, get an i5-3570k and go for a 7950 or 7870 gpu (AMD is better price/performance then nvidia)


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Dec 26, 2002
That crappy Creative Audigy SE is no better then modern integrated sound, in fact it's worse than most integrated audio for a number of hardware and software reasons. Either stick with integrated audio or buy a modern high performance sound card such as Sound Blaster ZxR.
Dec 7, 2011
a ZxR is a bit overkill XD If you are going to a sound card I would recommend a ASUS Xonar DX or D1 depending on what type of slot you want.
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