I'm looking to build a gaming PC and have most of the parts that I would like. Since this is such a big purchase, I want to double check and make sure everything looks good. Any recommendations or suggestions will be appreciated
sound card is a waste of money now unless your an audiophile since onboard has gotten so good.
if its just gaming you could drop down to an lga 1156 i5 760 (same performance in games as the i7 950) with a Asus p7p55d-e Pro mobo. Sata and USB 3.0 and its one of the p55 boards that doesn't take away from your graphics cards lanes to run SATA and USB 3.0.
and you only need 4GB of ram for gaming. but the x58 need 6gb for tri channel. so ram for p55 is Mushkin Enhanced Blackline DDR3 1600 Cas 7 - $80
That alone would save you:
on mobo goes from 285 ->180 = $105
on CPU 295 -> 209 = $86
on RAM 150 -> 80 = $70
if you don't get the sound card = $341