Advice needed on first complete build -- Gaming PC

I've been a PC gamer and enthusiast for six years. I have owned a few computers, and I currently use an ASUS G1S gaming laptop but it doesn't run DX10/DX11 games. I am building a gaming PC, and I would like a rig that can run DX10 and DX11 games maxed out with great performance.

Below I have listed the parts I am currently looking for. My questions regarding the parts are:

1. Will this setup work well together, or are there any possible hardware compatibility problems?

2. Are there any pieces here that are not recommended for PC gaming, or anything different I should look into buying?

3. Will a setup like this run DX11 games maxed, such as Battlefield Bad Company 2 with a high frame rate?

4. I have no idea what power supply to get with this video card.. I prefer something modular so there aren't a ton of wires hanging around.


BUDGET RANGE: $2000-$3000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Capable of running Direct X11 games on high/max settings


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI (for DirectX11)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or 1920x1080





Case: Cooler Master 932 HAF

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz

RAM: Kingston HyperX T1 Series 6GB 1600mhz

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB

Sound Card: HT | OMEGA CLARO 7.1 Channels

Hard Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM

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  1. First thing to get rid of is that VelociCRAPTOR. The VRs are three times more expensive than the better performing 500 GB platter drives (Samsung Spinpoint F3 and Seagate 7200.12). If you need a boot drive, spend the money for an SSD. You have the budget for it.

    Second thing is to drop the sound card. Onboard sound is good nowdays. If you're a huge audiophile, just go with onboard for a while and see if you can tell a diffence. If you can, stick in the sound card later.

    Third thing to change is the CPU cooler. That's not a very good one. Grab either the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus ($35) or Prolimatech Megahalems ($65 and two fans).

    Here's a good list of what you should be buying:

    CPU: i7-930 $299
    Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
    HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $65. Add two 120mm fans to that, so add about $20.
    RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $230 after rebate
    GPU: HD 5970 $700
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
    SSD: 128 GB $375
    Case: HAF 922 $100
    PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $200
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24

    Total: $2,413. Well under budget, but this is quite literally the best you can buy without buying excess parts (more RAM, Crossfire, etc.). Leaves plenty of room for a good monitor if you don't have one.
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