New Home/gaming system in need of expert’s advices

Greetings everyone,

This is my first post on this forum so I hope I get it right.
I am in the process of replacing my computer and decided to try to pick up parts and assemble them myself. I have no formal previous training in such activity. All that the knowledge I have gained is by doing my own research (and thank heavens for this forum, it is gold mine of information).

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as possible, once all components decided upon.

Budget Range: $2000 max Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly gaming, but also office work, watching movies, and listening to music.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers (only using headset), headset (already owned).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.edbpriser.dk and http://www.komplett.dk

Country of Origin: Denmark

Parts Preferences: Performance and reliability are more important than specific brand names.

Overclocking: Yes: I intend to start to learn to overclock on this machine.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050. Currently I have a ViewSonic VX2235wm 22¨. I intend to upgrade it to a bigger one at a later stage.

Additional Comments: I aim to have a machine capable of running most if not all games. Though I understand the specs I have in mind will not allow me to run games at their highest settings, I still would hope to be able to play them at an enjoyeable level.
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List of parts:

I have come up with 2 slightly different systems, the second one being a little closer to my original budget:
System 1:
Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-950
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=i7+950&sp=all&pid=585504

ASUS SABERTOOTH X58, Socket-1366
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=ASUS+SABERTOOTH+X58&sp=all&pid=4293404

Noctua NH-D14
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Noctua+NH-D14&sp=all&pid=695231

Corsair HX 650W PSU
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?pid=649608

Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1600MHz 6GB CL8
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=479403

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Seagate+Barracuda+7200.12+1+TB&sp=all&pid=501936
Note: likely to run 2 of those

MSI N460GTX-SE Cyclone 1GD5/OC/MD (1 GB)
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=MSI+N460GTX-SE+Cyclone+1GD5%2fOC%2fMD+(1+GB)&sp=all&pid=4518193

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Creative+Sound+Blaster+X-Fi+Titanium&sp=all&pid=482430

Sony Optiarc DVD±RW burner AD-7263S
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=605829

Cooler Master HAF X
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Cooler+Master+HAF+X&sp=all&pid=4665554

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Microsoft+Windows+7+Home+Premium&sp=all&pid=660396
Note: If I am not mistaking, I need the 64b version for a system with more than 4Gb RAM.


System 2:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=AMD+Phenom+II+X4+955+Black+Edition&sp=all&pid=514000

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula, Socket-AM3
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=ASUS+Crosshair+IV+Formula%2c+Socket-AM3&sp=all&pid=814614

Noctua NH-D14
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Noctua+NH-D14&sp=all&pid=695231

Corsair HX 650W PSU
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?pid=649608

Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz 4GB CL8
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Corsair+Dominator+DDR3+1600MHz+4GB+CL8&sp=all&pid=642357

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Seagate+Barracuda+7200.12+1+TB&sp=all&pid=501936
Note: likely to run 2 of those

XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=619101

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Creative+Sound+Blaster+X-Fi+Titanium&sp=all&pid=482430

Sony Optiarc DVD±RW burner AD-7263S
http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=605829

Cooler Master HAF X
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Cooler+Master+HAF+X&sp=all&pid=4665554

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.edbpriser.dk/Product/Details.aspx?q=Microsoft+Windows+7+Home+Premium&sp=all&pid=660396
Note: If I am not mistaking, I need the 64b version for a system with more than 4Gb RAM.

Regarding the power unit for both systems: I am not 100% sure I have chosen the right one. I used the corsair tool and took the high end of their results.

Thank you for taking the time with reading this, and I very much look forward in reading your comments.

Best regards,
A.
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  1. if you can wait 6 weeks, a sandy bridge or bulldozer build will be better than either build.

    On both, I think the motherboard is overkill. The sound Blaster is no better than the on-board sound, no point there, and the Haf-X is *humongous*, but there is nothing wrong with it, per se.
  2. http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx?sku=461645 729,-
    Cooler Master HAF 922 Midi Tower Sort

    http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=da&tl=en&u=http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx%3Fsku%3D340678&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhhjzqnczfvVgCWllrTQl9Bw5SVGKw 765, -
    Corsair TX 750W PSU

    http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=da&tl=en&u=http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx%3Fsku%3D604498&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhjy1JhL0fovUFOAAWzJHwhysjIH3Q 1,495 -
    Intel Core ™ Quad Processor i5 i5-760

    http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=da&tl=en&u=http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx%3Fsku%3D513218&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhjXsftQkbP8AXbdhgqF5l8XotwP0Q 1,349 -
    ASUS P7P55D E-PRO, Socket-1156

    http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=da&tl=en&u=http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx%3Fsku%3D595687&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhjisA3dnaGu7nB6t5Wfm98alylG7w 399, -
    Corsair A70 CPU Cooler

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    Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz CL8 4GB

    http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=da&tl=en&u=http://www.komplett.dk/k/ki.aspx%3Fsku%3D496258&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhhEU53_pyOY5lPpwPPjkKiXjzjsQA 399, -
    Samsung SpinPoint 1TB F3

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  3. Honestly I would STAY AWAY from Creative sound cards. Creative has a habit of having poor quality stuff these days. Go for an HT Omega or something else.
  4. Thank you for the feedbacks you have been most helpful. :)
    I have looked at a Sandybridge rig spec and I think I can come up with something nearby my budget.
    However my current PC is pretty much on its “last leg” so waiting for 6 weeks might prove unfeasible.
    I have removed the soundcard from my list and will go through the suggested system in more details.
    I think I’ll be able to start assembling within a week or so. Even though it will be the first time I do this and I am a bit daunting it, I very much look forward to it!

    Many thanks again to everyone for your help!
    A.
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