Please critique! (~$1500 general purpose build)

Hi guys,

What do you think of the build I've put together? I've been reading a bunch of the more recent threads, and I think I've done a decent job. I'd love some recommendations on good keyboard/mouse/monitors! I'm looking for a monitor that can rival the iMac display, not necessarily in size, but at least in quality.

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Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 1800 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Engineering tools, video transcoding, gaming, daily tasks/productivity

Parts Not Required: OS (I have Windows 7 Pro), Boot SSD (Crucial C300 64GB)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com preferably (no tax ftw!)

Country of Origin: US

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


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Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt 850tx v2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MYFODS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

MSI ATI Radeon HD6950 2 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R6950 TWIN FROZR II/OC
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004MPR1WO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MQC0P8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Cooler-Master Haf X: Ultimate Full Size Gaming Chassis
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003S68Q0Y/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8&m=A2YLYLTN75J8LR

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K and G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.644440

LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature SATA Model iHBS112 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106346

Total before rebates: ~$1440

I'm still looking for a keyboard and mouse, as well as a monitor. I already have speakers that connect via USB (built-in DAC), so I don't need a sound card.

Thanks!!
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  1. Build looks great.
  2. im doing a similar build to you soon aswell, but im opting for the i5 2500k cause the money i save can go into a better cpu cooler so i can OC it. might want to consider that. for monitors check out http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dell-sr2320l-hp-2311x-samsung-px2370,2894.html , might be helpful :) Good luck!
  3. Your build looks good. You might want to look at a board with the Z68 Express chipset for extremely lower video encoding times.

    You could drop your PSU to a 750 watt unit and still have room to Crossfire and overclock. The Enthusiast series is good for price/performance, but I like the HX series for its modular cables.

    I have a Logitech G110 keyboard. The keys have nice resistance and it's backlit, but it costs around $60. I have a Logitech MX518 mouse and I love it too. I especially like the additional thumb buttons and dpi adjustment. I use these more with every day tasks than I do when gaming.

    As for a monitor, you will want an IPS panel. Look at a Dell U2311h
    http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2311H-Widescreen-DisplayPort/dp/B003QTKV9W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305206621&sr=8-1
  4. If you're doing serious video work get the 2600k, just an FYI the frozr IIIs are out now, not sure if you've considered getting one of those.
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