First time PC building

I am currently trying to put together a PC and have been looking through alot of forums posts on this website. So far it has been extremely helpful! I am trying to build a gaming PC that will be good for several years to come. I was hoping to post what I have so far and possibly get a critique on the parts I have selected. Any help that can be provided will be much appreciated. Thanks!

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz BX80601950
MOBO: Gigabyte LGA 1366 Intel X58 USB 3.0 GA-X58-USB3
RAM: Corsair XMS3 12GB (240-pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333) 12GX3M3A1333C9
HSF: Corsair High Performance CPU Cooler CWCH50-1
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 6.0/s WD7502AAEX
PSU: Ultra 750-Watt Power Supply U12-40874 LSX
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express GV-R695D502GD-B
DVD: Samsung Blac Blu Ray Drive
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 (full) or 922 (mid)

Again, any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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  1. my suggestion: get a Sandy Bridge 2500K and an AS Rock P67 Extreme 4 motherbiard instead on the 950 and 1366 motherboard. (this will be $225 for the CPU and $153 for the mobo), which is less money and outperforms the 950 saves about $100

    You should also stick to 8 MB of RAM in 2 sticks (about $80), which saves more money (save about $40)

    instead of the 750, get the Samsung 1 TB for $60 (saves $10)

    instead of the Ultra 750, get a Seasonic 620W ($70, or $95 for modular), or an XFX 650 W ($95, modular) which are higher quality.

    consider getting a 912, antec 300 illusion, or a rosewill challenger as the case

    the money saved can et an 80-90 GB SSD as a boot drive
  2. ScrewySqrl said:
    my suggestion: get a Sandy Bridge 2500K and an AS Rock P67 Extreme 4 motherbiard instead on the 950 and 1366 motherboard. (this will be $225 for the CPU and $153 for the mobo), which is less money and outperforms the 950 saves about $100

    You should also stick to 8 MB of RAM in 2 sticks (about $80), which saves more money (save about $40)

    instead of the 750, get the Samsung 1 TB for $60 (saves $10)

    instead of the Ultra 750, get a Seasonic 620W ($70, or $95 for modular), or an XFX 650 W ($95, modular) which are higher quality.

    consider getting a 912, antec 300 illusion, or a rosewill challenger as the case

    the money saved can et an 80-90 GB SSD as a boot drive

    Agree with just about everything up there except the SSD. If this is a gaming build then I would think FPS would be higher up on my list of priority's then loading up Windows a few seconds faster especially when the new SSD's are right around the corner. But we have yet to see the OP's budget...
  3. Why_Me said:
    Agree with just about everything up there except the SSD. If this is a gaming build then I would think FPS would be higher up on my list of priority's then loading up Windows a few seconds faster especially when the new SSD's are right around the corner. But we have yet to see the OP's budget...



    the amount saved by my suggestions isn't enough for a second 6950, so, I aimed at the next best performance improvement, the SSD
  4. Thank you for the input. I have not really thought too much about budget, I am trying to keep it down close to $1000 (w/o monitor, mouse, keyboard). I am thinking I would like to invest in X-fire at some point in the future.
    As for the power supply you mentioned, is 650W enough if I wanted to go the X-fire route later on, or would I have to get another power supply when I decide to do that?
    A friend of mine is really pushing me to get the SSD but I was hoping to wait awhile until they either dropped in price or wait on the newer technology for them.
  5. the 650W shoudl handle 2 6950s in crossfire without trouble



    this is with an i7-970, and a 6950 crossfire uses 479W, Sandy Bridge will use less. there are 52 amps and 624W on the 12amp rail on the XFX 650. You should be fine.
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