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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.