Looks like a very nice, very high end build. Couple of friendly suggestions:
- In heavy multitasking situaitons, the 990x may be better than the Sandy Bridge Core i5-2600k, but I'd suggest it's nowhere near "worth it". Check out benchmarks etc and you'll find that X58 is pretty much obsolete. A $330 outperforming a $1000 processor is a no brainer! EDIT: Sandy Bridge also overclocks better than X58.
- H70 and H50 coolers have gotten a fair bit of criticism for being not as competitive and high end air coolers (although you don't have a huge block of cooling fins like with large air coolers). You should take a look, definitely read the H70 reviews, and then decide if it's what you really want.
- I'd recommend getting an HDD for storage as well (or if you were to go with i5-2600k you could get a second SSD in RAID 0 and still have money left over in your cost baseline).
- Since money doesn't seem to be very limiting here, consider the GTX 580 as it IS the fastest single GPU card available. I personally am an AMD fan but can't argue that the GTX 580 is more powerful than the HD 6970. Either are good choices.
- Unless you plan for significant expansion, there isn't really a reason to have a 1200w PSU. Really even a 1000w is pretty overkill.
Just out of curiosity- what cases are you looking at?
Great help beltzy..thanks
i have now qx6700 Ex and 4 HD sata 2, VelociRaptor SATA 10,000 RPM 16 MB and AMD Radeon™ HD 6970 and i have the lian li 2000f case .
so i am kind of upgrading.. i was going for the EVGA Classi but change to RAMpage3
What do you recomend for the cooling?
And one more thing is ok to get 2x 6 GB Kit (3x2 GB) 2000 or 12GB tested with the MB
at 1600 speed?
The Core i5-2600k uses the LGA 1155 platform. It's the next gen "mainstream" platform, though it outperforms the last generation (x58) platform in nearly every way. It uses Dual Channel memory (not triple channel like x58) and has less PCIe lanes for the video cards (assuming you use more than one) but again it still results in overall better performance. So you wouldn't use the triple channel memory you linked- find a comparable dual-channel alternative. Here's an example: