Hello i am new to these forums, i am thinking about building a new gaming rig, for games like the upcoming Crysis 2 and many other games.
This is my first time building a gaming computer, and i was wondering if you guys could help me out, and tell me if every thing i have picked so far is good enough, or if i need to change some parts to make it better, the money is no problem.
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
It actually looks pretty good. I'd probably trade the Hyper 212+ for a Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B (SCMG-2100 on Newegg).
I'd rather have the Asus P8P67 Pro. I think the Sabertooth boards are overpriced.
You could probably also afford to step up to an 80+ Gold PSU. I'd look at Silverstone's 1000W 80+, Corsair's AX 1200W, and Antec's HCP 1200W. They're all closer to $300 though, so I don't blame you if you don't go for them.
As for an optical drive, get the cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find. Brand doesn't matter at all.
As for SSDs, I'd recommend waiting for a bit. I don't see the value in them right now when the 120 GB ones are still around $200. I'd wait for that to drop to around $150 or for OCZ's new Vertex 3 units to come out.
Check out my siggy for recommendations on everything but the graphics. It seems as though your pretty set on the 580s but I think you'll see that the suggestions for everything will be pretty reasonable.
I have built w/ both of the above pairs, pretty comparable but ignoring price and noise, I prefer the Antec combo. With price and noise in the picture, choice is easy....it's over $100 cheaper and noticeably quieter when running..
MoBo / CPU is a great combo....see Guru3D MoBo review for overclocking guide.
Your cooler is way under classed for the rest of that rig. I'd use the Scythe Mugen 2 or one of the following mentioned here:
Priced to compete with high-end air coolers, the Kühler 620 offers similar performance and a lower noise level. It's the first compact liquid cooler I've tested that can honestly be considered as competition for the likes of the Cooler Master V6 GT, Prolimatech Megahalems, and Thermalright Venomous X.
As for the RAM, that's pretty good price .... $85. Most peeps use DDR3-1600 which is a bit more money and the GSkill equivalent would be $100. I don't know how tall they are but make sure those fins won't interfere w/ ya CPU cooler..... especially if ya expand in the future. Of course if ya use the Kuhler, then that won't matter. Low profile CAS 7's are a bit pf a premium at the moment at $155
I'll be honest, I hate the HAF X recommendation. It's extremely overpriced. As for needing a full tower, you really don't ever need one unless you've got a ton of SATA devices. Many of the higher end mid towers will fit even the largest GPUs. The HAF 922 is plenty big enough. Even if it wasn't, you could just step up to the HAF 932 or Antec 1200 or similar for only a little more than the 922. You don't need to spend $200 on a case.
The Scythe Mugen 2 is a great value cooler. I would say that the Noctua NH-D14 is the best performance cooler. You'd do fine with either of them.
Also, I hate the Mushkin RAM recommendation for CAS Latency 7 sticks. The timings on their 4 GB sticks are all over the place (7-8-9). I'd prefer either the G.Skill Ripjaws X or Ripjaws. They've got more consistent timings (7-8-7), use a little less voltage (1.6V vs. 1.65V) and are $5 cheaper. I also think they look better too, but that doesn't matter in the slightest.