This is my first ever build. I have come up with the following list, whch I am ready to purchase, if it passes the Tom's Hardware seal of approval
Are there any modifications or suggestions that would improve my build? My main concerns are with the monitor being ideal or not, the asus mobo being as good as the rest of the competition i.e. gigabyte ud7 or maximus 4 extreme. Also is HAF-X a good case? Finally, I kind of randomly chose he 2nd hard drive and optical drive
Processor - Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
MOBO - ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) ATX Intel Motherboard
Monitor - Acer GD235HZbid Black/orange 23.6" 2ms Widescreen 1080p 120Hz 3D LCD Monitor
GPU's - (Quantity 2) EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 015-P3-1582-AR Video Card
PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W Power Supply
CASE - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
RAM - (Quantity 2) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
COOLING - CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
MAIN HD -OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
2nd HD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
OPTICAL DRIVE - LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support
It beats it by 6*C but easily you can buy 2 Scythe Slipstreams for $10 each, still save $45. And have practically the same performance. The H70 just is overpriced, defiantly not worth the Price/Perf.
I highly doubt you'll need SLI 580, even CF 6950's, but if you want to spend that much, be my guest. Going CF 6950 or SLI 560 Ti would save you $400 at least. The 6950 CF can get to the 6970 CF performance and the 560 Ti SLI can get to the 570 SLI performance.