I am building this rig for my friend. he will overclock maybe go sli and parts are preferred from amazon and tigerdirect. he will play mostly war games bf3 bfbc2 crysis 2 ....
will probably purchace this week, budget is 1400$, mostly used for gaming, listening to music, some web surfing, and microsoft office. parts he does not need is monitor, keyboard and speakers. resolution 1080p on a 47 in. t.v. just wondering your thoughts on it and what i could do better.
750 is enough but I would get Antec, XFX, Seasonic, or Corsair before Thermaltake. It isn't considered a top-tier PSU manufacturer. Also, does your friend know that two HD 6950s in Crossfire will give 99% of the framerates of SLI'd 570s for $100+ less?
For memory, I like Mushkin, G.Skill, Corsair, and Kingston. Personal preference maybe, but I've used these brands and feel I can recommend them with confidence.
If you go with an SSD that small, wait for the ASRock Z68 Extreme4. The OS and those games will fill it before he knows it. Read this article about SSD caching.
Samsung F3, WD Black, and Seagate 7200.12 are all drives I would get before that Hitachi HDD.
Just a word of advice, rebates are notorious for being denied for any reason they can think of, even if it's wrong. Don't count them into your budget.
I just built a similar system with a slightly higher budget because I need a Monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers. I would switchout for a Samsung F3 too, and go with CAS 7 RAM. I got a 850W modular psu, one because it was given a stelar review by johnnyguru as super efficient, it has enough overhead to run SLI 570s safely which I will be getting another in short order, as well as being modular which really helps with case cable management. Can't say enough good things about the ASUS bios though, so a P8P67 Pro or Deluxe would be a great pick up, but the ASRock will be great too. Don't believe the hype about PCI lane speeds, a x8/x8 SLI setup will run as fast as a much more expensive x16/x16 board. i5-2500k is just a killer chip too, so much value for its performance level, though I'd be interested in seeing the performance/pricing of the new Bulldozer AMD chips slotted to come out soon.