Ti save more money, and in my opinion, get a better build, get the DF-85 w/ CP-850. I have built with both cases and, while both a great cases, the DF offers inlet air filters, hot swap 2.5" bay, fan speed controls built in and has a sturdier feel to it. The CP-850 is the match of the HX and Black but is quieter. Read the reviews on jonnyguru.com and silentpcreview.com to confirm.
The seagate 7200.12 or F3 whichever is cheaper on day you buy, they are very closely matched tho the Seagate runs substantially quieter and cooler if that kinda thing matters to you.
The 6970 and 570 are well matched and it's tough to call one a wrong choice except under specific circumstances (i.e. you need CUDA for video editing, like PhysX eye candy, wanna play w/ 3D vision, run 3 or more GFX cards which are nVidia things or , want to run 3-6 monitors and other things that ATI does). I would note however that the 570 scales a bit better than the 6970 does (167% for the 570 vs 157% for the 6970 according to Guru3D tests) and currently the 570 superclocked version is same price as the generic 6970's. But again, what games you play and what resolution you play at (2560 favors ATI / 1920 favors nVidia) may be the deciding factor here:
Overall, the graphics frame rate performance has the AMD Radeon HD 6970 matched nicely to the GeForce GTX 570. Measured at stock (reference) speeds in ten different tests, the Radeon HD 6970 was either slightly ahead in half of them or deeply trailed in the other half. We've excluded HAWX 2 from this review, until AMD drivers can compensate for the performance skew. The DirectX 10 tests seemed to really score the GeForce GTX 570 way ahead, while many of the DirectX 11 tests pulled the Radeon HD 6970 ahead by a few FPS:
3DMark Vantage has the 6970 ahead by 2.9% (1680x1050) or 5.8% (1920x1200) on the Jane Nash test, but then sinks 16.9/9.4% for New Calico. Crysis Warhead pushed the GTX 570 16.2/9.4% ahead, but then DX11 Aliens vs Predator pushed back 10.4/12.3% in favor of the Radeon HD 6970. Shader intensive games such as Battlefield Bad Company 2 really strained the Radeon HD 6970, giving the GTX 570 a 31.9/25.3% lead. BattleForge did the same, giving the GTX 570 a 53.5/57.1% lead over the 6970. Lost Planet 2 dog-piled also the results in favor the GTX 570, resulting in a 45.1/41.9% lead over the 6970. Then, thankfully, the Radeon HD 6970 fought back in NVIDIA-strong games like Mafia II, producing a 0.9/6.0% lead over the GTX 570. Metro 2033 gave the 6970 a 3.1/5.2% edge, and then the Heaven 2.1 benchmark offered a 2.0/7.5% difference in favor of the 6970.
When peeps come to me w/ $1700 to spend, this is what I generally wind up building for them:
CPU FAN: I decided to go with the Noctua NH-D14; what are your thoughts, seems to be the best cooler for that price? On that site i was linked too; it currently has a few others as top performers but then sets this one as the highest recommended. Also many forums seem to praise this one pretty high as well.
So most people would consider the seagate over the f3? I have always bought WD, so straying away from it for the first time, i want the best product that would last as well as be quiet and cool; speed being most important ofcourse!
I have always been an ati person, love the idea of eyefinity as well, but i will consider what you wrote; will read further into that, thanks.
As for the 2600k, i see most people do recommend the 2500k but as i have been holding off on purchasing a computer for a while; was going to purchase the 950 a few weeks back before i was told to wait for sandy bridge, price is similar to the 2600k today, i didnt mind paying the price before; dont mind today. (yeah, odd logic haha)
As for gaming, i am open to anything really, i do not mind trying anything; i will also be doing a bit of photo editing and video, nothing professional.
Also after several reviews regarding the XFX Black and Corsair HX850 psu's i have found that both are remarkably similar, however, while the XFX is cheaper i have read of many individuals having issues with the XFX black edition psu, in terms of it blowing up etc...
Has anyone else had any issue with either of these psu's?
Im ready to order tonight, let me know what you guys think on my final build; thank you!
I know that there are plenty of build posts on this forum regarding nearly the same build, however, mine has a few specifics i would like clarified; any help will be much appreciated! (Specifically PSU and CPU Fan)