I need some help building my gaming system

Please critique my build:

my budget range is $3k-4k. I'm looking for all the parts necessary to build a computer from scratch (even the little stuff). The computer is going to be used for heavy gaming (mmo multi-boxing which is running several games at the same time and games like diablo 3/starcraft 2/CoD) etc..


**updated**

CASE- Antec DF-85: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087&Tpk=df-85 $180

MOBO- ASUS Rampage III Extreme ATX: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131642&Tpk=asus%20rampage%20iii%20extreme $390

P/S- Corsair 850W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009 $130

VIDEO- XFX Radeon 5970 2gb: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150460&cm_re=5970-_-14-150-460-_-Product $715

OPTICAL- LG Black blu-ray WH10LS30: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181&Tpk=lg%20black%20blu-ray $100

CPU Cooling- Coolermaster h212+: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $30

SSD - Corsair Force CSSD 120gb: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233125&cm_re=corsair_force_cssd-_-20-233-125-_-Product $230

HD- Seagate Barracuda 2tb 7200rpm: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148506&cm_re=seagate_barracuda_2tb-_-22-148-506-_-Product $190

CPU- i7 950- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211 $310

MEMORY- OCZ plat 3x2gb (6gb total)- http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227681 $108


Keyboard - Logitech G19 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126053&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= $200

Mouse - Logitech G9x - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104261&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= $60

Monitor- was thinking a 30" dell ultrasharp u3011 $1400


sound- on board
nic- on board
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  1. get an i7-2600K instead at your CPU pricing. You'd also need only 4 or 8 GB RAM in dual channel, not a triple channel RAM. This will also change the motherboard. Any P67 will do.

    You don't need a sound card or a NIC. Onboard is more than plenty.

    you don't need a 1200W PSU unless you're doing quad 580s or something. Scale back to 750-850W

    There really is no point to a $200 case! I'm biased, but I see no point at all in spending more than $90 on a case, period. Look into the 932 or 922 or even the 690II from Coolermaster. The Antec Dark Fleet, etc.

    Don't get the HC50 liquid cooler. Its worse than air cooling at the same price. Get a cooler master Hyper 212+ or a Noctua DF-14

    Don't get a 5970. The 6990 is due out shortly.
  2. agreed
  3. The HAF-X is a great case, better than their HAF-932....but having built with both, I'd suggest the DF-85. Pairing the DF-85 w/ the CP-850 PSU is a great combo at only $290. The HAF-X w/ Corsair HX-850 is close but that will whack ya $360.

    No need for a 1200 watt PSU. An 850 watter will handle anything up to twin 570's. The 5970 just doesn't fit into any reasonable buy scheme today.

    The faux water cooling H50 just doesn't measure up to the better air coolers. You'll notice none make the "Top Performers" or "Highly Recommended" lists here:

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=15

    Here it managed a 69.5 C temp under load @ 3.5 Ghz with some not so great coolers in the test getting5C lower. Mid-hi 50's is doable with the better air coolers at up to 3.8 Ghz.

    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1025/6/

    All those expensive goodies and then a cheap 9 RAM set ? Here's a CAS 6 set for $108
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227681

    On board sound and ethernet is just fine on the R3E, special cards won't do anything that ya'd notice in gaming.

    Win7 Pro OEM if (if nothing else) the ability to run in XP Mode for compatibility with older games and business programs. Usually can get it for same price as Home Premium in a HD combo.

    Keyboard - $130 - Logitech G19 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126053
    Mouse - $80 - Logitech G9x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104261

    Dell U3011 is a fine, fine IPS monitor suitable for a graphics professional ..... which many gamers will hate as it doesn't have that overly saturated color that ya see in BestBuy on the store shelves. Unless you are doing photo editing, you won't appreciate the Dell IPS monitors. If ya want something sexy, consider the Acer GD245HQ and a 3D kit.
  4. ScrewySqrl said:
    get an i7-2600K instead at your CPU pricing. You'd also need only 4 or 8 GB RAM in dual channel, not a triple channel RAM. This will also change the motherboard. Any P67 will do.

    You don't need a sound card or a NIC. Onboard is more than plenty.

    you don't need a 1200W PSU unless you're doing quad 580s or something. Scale back to 750-850W

    There really is no point to a $200 case! I'm biased, but I see no point at all in spending more than $90 on a case, period. Look into the 932 or 922 or even the 690II from Coolermaster. The Antec Dark Fleet, etc.

    Don't get the HC50 liquid cooler. Its worse than air cooling at the same price. Get a cooler master Hyper 212+ or a Noctua DF-14

    Don't get a 5970. The 6990 is due out shortly.



    Nod ...nod ....nod! ;)
  5. Thanks for all the advice so far. I still could use more input on the video card (dont mind using 2 cards if it works out better) and the monitor.
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