About to buy $950 system, quick review please!


I'm about to make the following purchase in the next 24 hours and would really appreciate a quick lookover / review! - I haven't built a new computer in a very long (over 7 years) and want this to last me a while. Also, I just want to make sure I have proper cooling, all parts are compatible (selected memory is on Asus QVL list), and just get a thumbs up from the community before pulling the trigger.

I will use PC for mostly Adobe apps, web design, heavy multi-tasking, and some gaming. Will be using two 1680x1050 monitors and will likely not overclock. My budget is up to $1000, though keeping it below would be nice. Currently at $990 before rebates. Anything I should swap out for better performance or to save money? I know you may say 8gb of ram is overkill, but for just a few bucks more I thought it was worth it, esp for Adobe apps. Going w/ Nvidia card for CUDA and opted for 2500k and P8P67 Pro MB leaving room for OC and SLI perhaps down the road... Lastly, will the Antec 300 case do a good job spreading the heat from the GPU & other components?

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $19.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.95 (plus MIR)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $69.99

MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $199.99 (plus $10MIR)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - $99.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified - $79.99 (plus $20MIR)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL - $79.99

APEVIA CF12S-BK 120mm Case Fan - $3.99

COMBO: $389.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

Total is $990.76, minus $40 MIR = $950.76

Any and all comments are appreciated, thanks!
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  1. If you or a family member has a .edu e-mail address, you might be able to get Windows 7 Pro for $65 (see here: http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/default.aspx).
  2. Also, don't forget to get one of these (to be on the safe side): http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103245
  3. Thanks for the suggestions. If one has access to their edu account but isn't currently enrolled... will it work? - As for the wrist strap, I've always just touched the power supply and/or case when working. How exactly does it work?
  4. All the items are in my cart, I just would really appreciate a thumbs up or review of the components from ANYONE before buying! ;)

    BTW, I just swapped the one fan with a 4 pack of quiet, 120mm Coolermaster fans:

    I figured I can put two in the front of the Antec 300 case and keep the other two as reserves or put one in the side slot of the case.
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