$1000ish Gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks
Budget Range: $1000-1200 either Before or After Rebates.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Tigerdirect
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel cpu, any spacious case.
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: looking into corsair a50 or a70 for cooling options but listed below are the components i have picked out. If i can get this build below or about $1000 that would be awesome!

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Grand Total: $1,248.98

Revised! Thanks Why_Me
Take a look now.

Will the HDD above be a good OS boot drive?
Maybe i should've went with the 6950 2gb edition to bring the price down.
8gig ram is enough, right?
I really wanted a full tower case for future upgrades but mid is good too and graphite is getting good reviews and looks clean and easy to manage.
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  1. That's triple channel RAM you have up there. You want DDR3 dual channel RAM. Also that Asus board you have linked runs dual cards @ 4x...it's not a board you want if you ever plan on running two of those 6950's. Look for a 1155 P67 board that runs dual cards @ 8x & 8x such as the Asrock extreme4, Asus Pro, Gigabyte UD4, MSI GD55, etc... Combo that HX 750 with the Samsung F3 1TB.

    Also spending $275 + another $20 shipping on a case like that with your budget is a total hose job imo. You could cut down on the psu to an Antec gamer 750w on sale atm, get a CM 922 or CM Enforcer and have enough money left over to purchase two of those vid cards right from the get go.
  2. The Samsung F3 will be a great boot drive. It's the fastest platter-based drive out there on the market.

    Even the 6950 1GB will work well at 1920x1080. The 2GB model doesn't add much besides ~5 fps, but it would be a bit more future proof (supports multiple monitors more easily). The 6970 is a bit overkill. You can also try to unlock the 2GB model to a 6970 if you get a reference model.

    8GB RAM is plenty. No need to get more.

    If you want a full tower, take a look at the Cooler Master HAF 932. Great full tower and cheaper than the Corsair (before MIR).

    The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU cooler will do a great job even with an OCed i5-2500K, and it's only $30.
  3. I totally agree with boiler1990. I recently bought a system with a mid-tower case (CM 430 elite).
    I am completely happy with it since i have a single graphics card, but while assembling my system i realised that i should've bought a full tower. Gives you a lot of freedom while keeping the insides airy.
    CM Hyper 212+ is a great cooler, my 2500k at 4.5Ghz loves it.

    Also if you plan on a second graphics card, i recommend going with 6950 now and another in future.
    I also recommend a PSU with more wattage. I believe there is no such thing as too much power. :sol:

    Check on these links and see if they suit you.

    ocz 80+gold 1k - $210/$180
    antec 80+silver 1.2k - $200/$180
    cm 80+gold 1k - $200/$180

    msi 6950 - $290/$265
    asus 560Ti - $235/$225

    gb sumo - $115

    corsair vengeance 8gb - $75

    Edit: A quality 750-850W PSU will run 2 6950/560Ti comfortably.
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