Case / PSU - Case selection is most often a matter of aesthetics. Both cases are super performers with respect to cooling and ease of assembly. I give the edge to the DF for ease of air filter removal / replacement, hot swap storage bay and ability to take the super quiet CPX form factor PSU's. I also don't like the HAF's tooless features which I find flimsy and on occasion difficult to "push home". Both PSU's get a 10.0 performance rating on jonnnyguru.com Read more:
the XFX 850W Black Edition came looking to make a splash, and ended up doing a cannonball big enough to just about drown the competition. Voltage regulation is nothing short of fantastic, efficiency is excellent, and ripple and noise is just about nonexistent.
MoBo / CPU - The best overclocking P67 board w/ a newegg combo discount for the best bang for the buck CPU. what more could ya ask for ?
RAM - Low profile (no useless tall fingered heat sinks) so won't interfere w/ CPU coolers.
Cooler / TIM - Shin Etsu ties for the best thermal performance ever measured but doesn't have the 200 hour curing time issue of the other TIM ...easy choice. Cooler outperforms the Hyper 212 by 7C and topped the venerable Megahlems in the last test but its half the price of the Mega. Alternates would include the top performing air coolers Themalright Silver Arrow / Collermaster V6 GT and the top performing self contained water units, the Antec Kuhler 620 and 920. The V6 GT and 920 are extremely loud though.....The other two are whisper quiet.
I think the Silver Arrow represents the ultimate air cooler than can be built and still fit within the constraints of an ATX motherboard and a standard computer case. .... It's almost ironic that coolers like this are becoming available just as processors transition to designs that may ultimately render them unnecessary; even overclocked to 5GHz, an Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K doesn't need anywhere near this level of cooling. Still, it wouldn't hurt, and as I noted earlier, there are still CPUs out there that can benefit from it.
Priced to compete with high-end air coolers, the Kühler 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..... The performance of the Antec Kühler H20 620 was excellent, exceeding that of every other water cooler I've tested and encroaching on the performance range of the very best air coolers.
GFX - Nothing comes close to competing with the 560 Ti (900Mhz) on a price / performance basis at 1920 x 1200 ... 862 fps in SLI in Guru3D's testing to the 6970's 825 fps in CF....and cheaper than a 6950 flashed to a 6970. And the 560 To easily overclockable to 1000 MHz At 2560 x 1600, I'd get a 6970.
SSD - Nothing else even comes close.
HD - Unless you wanna spend another $100 for the Barracuda XT series, in the 1TB size, among the the WD Black, Seagate 7200.12 and Samsung F3 none is an overall winner and each all top their competitors in specific applications. Compare here and pick which does best in the apps you use:
OK, after lots of reading here and elsewhere, here is where I am at:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
- I chose this card over the 6970 for two reasons, I plan to upgrade to SLI w/ 3D gaming at some point in the future and because of driver stability. The performance difference between these cards is less than 2%
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
- I chose this over the 2500K for future proofing and because I will be expanding the use of this pc to include database and web development.
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$124.99 (x2 = $249.98 in RAID 0)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support (Retail)
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid Cooling System
- I chose this cooler because the air coolers, though performance is similar, are just monstrous and hideous
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM
Total comes in at $1,859.37
Please critique and let me know your thoughts...I appreciate your assistance...