I have already submitted a system a bit earlier and got good advise and now I think I finalised my system and just wanted to make sure I havent overseen anything or left out any parts that could perform better for the same money. It will be my first built and hopefully worth the money .
I gotta give already a lot of credit to lavitz who has basically improved most of the system but I added a few things more and need to be a 100% sure.
I live in Australia and therefore newegg can not be considered for shipping and the parts are a bit more expensive here unfortunately. Also will I be running a dual (for now, maybe later upgrade to triple eyefinity) monitor setup with 24"s. I got already an HP w2408h 24" and therefor need only one more.
The built will be mostly used for light gaming (starcraft 2 and diablo 3 on probs mid res), movies (nothing too fancy) and online poker (multitabling with datamining software simultaneusly)
The budget is probably around the A$1600 mark.
But I would be so happy to get some more feedback and critique on the system!
Toms hardware forums are great!!
ASUS VE248H 24" Widescreen LED Monitor $249
If I were you I'd look at the new i5 and i7 processors. (The new i5 2500 is $210, and outperforms the 955 by a long shot. Keep in mind you'd have to select a different motherboard.) If you want to go AMD, however, I recommend the Phenom II x4 965 BE over the 955 BE.
Also skip the computer tool kit. All you're going to need are a few screw drivers.
Also, unless you have any devices that NEED USB 3.0, I'd skip the front bay panel.
The price you've listed for that 24" monitor is also pretty high. You should search for a better deal. My 23" Samsung was $200.
Here's a couple of things i would change.
Logitech MX518 is a very good mouse i used one for 7yrs and $39.
pudgychicken's right about the tool kit i'm a certified tech and 90% of the time you need one phillips screw driver.preferably magnetized.and a nice pair of needle nose pliers.
The HDD is a little pricey since the 1TB Samsung F3 $79 and even the ITB Seagate $65 are good drives.
Nothing wrong with your ram i own two different sets of Corsair but i also own a set of GSkills Ripjaws and the score higher in WEI and offer good price/performance ratio. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Get the DirectCu it's better, I wouldn't say ALOT better, but it is better. Mainly because it runs cooler OCs better and just overall I like the DirectCu series. By Dual Eyefinity, you just mean two monitors right? If that is what you mean you'll just need a DVI monitor and a HDMI monitor. Then you'll be able to eyefinity. You should also look into overclocking if you get the 2500K. The K just stands for unlocked basically like the AMD Black Edition label. But the K for intel is different. The normal 2500 is basically locked and can't but OC'd. The K means it can OC.
If you learned to overclock you'd get a lot of potential out of the chip. The chip can OC easily to 4.6ghz on a stock cooler from what I've heard. I think it'd be to your benefit to Youtube some "how to overclock Sandy Bridge" videos. Also look at the THG Graphics card Forum for help on how to overclock your card. It'll bring out a lot of performance out of your 6850 as well if you get the Asus DirectCu.