Need Input on Gaming Build, Video Card

Hey guys, so I have all of the parts (I think) picked out, but as it's my first time buying all the parts and building my own PC, I thought I'd get some input from people who know what they're talking about.


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week

Budget Range: Up to $950, but I'd rather stay closer to my current $840 (after MIR)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet/videos/school work (no graphical editing or anything like that)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, SSD (I'll get one when I have more $)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is where I look, but if you have a better suggestion, I'm open.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Definitely going with the 2500k

Overclocking: I'll OC the 2500k, video card if that's reasonable (like the 6950 to 6970 business)

SLI or Crossfire: Not necessarily right now (unless somehow that's cheaper for better performance), but eventually maybe

Additional Comments: I don't mind a lot of noise, but quiet would be preferable (but not for a large premium...)

So here's what I have so far.

I'm fairly confident in these:

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X

Intel Core i5-2500K

And these I'm more open to:

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seems to be a good case for a good price, lots of good things said about it, and it should be big enough for the 6950. If that's incorrect, please let me know.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
I don't need a whole huge amount of space right now, as I said I'll get an SSD later for the boot drive, and if needed I could buy a slow TB thing for a cheap data drive if I find I want more space.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB
See below.

Cheap 700w and well reviewed. I'm still looking at other PS, because this wouldn't be enough for CF 6950's. Or would it? I'm just not sure.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Seems to be recommended a lot on these forums, cheaper than some of those Kingston Hyper X and Corsair, but if those are really worth it, I'm open.

BIOSTAR TP67B+ LGA 1155 Intel P67
Uh, cheap and has 2xPCI slots. I don't need a whole lot of fanciness, but I'm fairly certain I want a P67 so I can OC the 2500k (so not an H67)

Everybody loves this thing, and if it's enough to OC the 2500k, it's enough for me. And only 30 bucks!

Video card

I play all of the latest FPS, so I want to be able to run Crysis 2, Homefront, etc on high settings. I've spent a lot of time looking at GPU comparisons and benchmarks on Anandtech, here, and Guru3D, and this was the best card I came up with. I would attempt to flash the bios or whatever the most effective method is to up it 6970 levels, and maybe eventually get another one (when prices drop) to CF it.

Another card I'm strongly considering is the 6870, which is about 50-60 bucks cheaper (after rebate 'n' stuff) than the 6950, but is obviously slower and has only 1gb of vram (which isn't that helpful now since I won't be using eyefinity, but in the future 2gb should be good). It's not that much terribly slower though, and often has benchies which put it right near (1fps off) the GTX 560. Would that be a better choice since I'd be able to get another one sooner (cheaper) and my current setup for motherboard and PS would be able to handle it (thus saving even more?)

If there's another one you'd recommend, please let me know.

Tl; dr:

Look at those parts please, tell me your thoughts and what could be improved
(PS and case are the ones I'm least confident about)

Video card ideas, within reasonable price (under 300)
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    Case - $55 - Antec 300
    PSU - $110 - XFX 750 W Core Edition PSU
    MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
    RAM - $30 - (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9
    GFX - $260 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS

    Spent some extra dough ($937 total) but got ya a much better build. You had a very poor PSU and questionable case ..... not conducive to long term viability of system. This PSU is of sufficient quality and power so that it is suitable for adding 2nd GFX card.

    HD is double size for $20 more. GFX card @ 900 MHz kicks the proverbial tail. See review of equivalent speed card by Asus here:

    212 is a god cooler, but the stock cooler gets ya 4.5 need for 3rd poarty w. 2500k unless you wanna go past 4.5 GHz. If you do go 3rd party, a $10 investment over the 212 gives 7C improvement.

    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
  2. Most of that looks good, but...

    the mobo combo isn't available anymore, and that board is sold out.

    the RAM was one I was originally looking at, but is temporarily out of stock.

    How long does it usually take for things to get back in stock? I'd like to get this within the week, if at all possible.

    is that dvd drive worth 5 bucks more than the one I picked?

    I don't really have any need to go above 4.5, so I can save 30 bucks there.

    also, is the 560 really better than the 6950? From the benchies I've seen, it's right about the same
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