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~$1500 Gaming PC - critique my parts list

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May 24, 2011 10:47:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: $1400-$1600 After Rebates, Before Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming almost exclusively, browsing the internet
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, monitor, speakers
Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, Amazon. I also live near a Micro Center, so also an option
Country of Origin: U.S.
Parts Preferences: No real preference
Overclocking: Yes - i5 2500k oc'd to ~4.6ghz
SLI or Crossfire: Yes - 6950's in xfire
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I'm going to be building my first computer and have all of the components picked out. I've done a fair bit of research and hopefully I've made some good choices, but I'd love any tips or advice from you experts.

I'll be using it primarily for gaming. I can't think of anything else I really do on the computer. Streaming porn, I guess? I'll be playing at 1920x1080. I'd like to run everything at max settings as often as possible, mostly WoW, Starcraft 2, and New Vegas. Also some next gen games like Diablo 3 and Skyrim when they're released.

I've put my questions/concerns in parentheses next to each component. My budget is around $1600, here's what I've got picked out:

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
Processor: i5-2500k (oc'd to ~4.6)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (should I go liquid cooling instead?)
Memory: (8GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (8GB sufficient?)
Graphics: SAPPHIRE HD6950 x 2 (xfire)
System Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SATA II SSD (I'll probably have Windows 7 and WoW installed on the SSD)
Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB
Optical: ASUS Black 24x DVD Burner (trying to cut costs here)
Power Supply: CORSAIR 750TX v2.2 (I used the calc tool and 750 watts seemed sufficient)
Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 (Roomy case, I also looked at the Antec 300 Illusion which is significantly cheaper but seems like a tight fit for the two 6950's)
OS: Windows 7 Premium 64-bit OEM
Mouse: RAZER DeathAdder (or RAT 7? I love the look of it but I've heard terrible things about the pointer skipping around and bad tracking)

The total for all this comes to about $1600 not including shipping so if there's anywhere I can cut costs that'd be great. Also, this is my first time building my own PC so if any of these things simply won't work, please please please let me know!
May 24, 2011 11:03:00 PM

Overall that's one hell of a system. All your links are broken, change the [/b] to a [url= and you will be just fine. Anyway, the only change I suggest is a slightly beefier PSU, just to be safe. The Corsair HX 850 or TX 850 is just fine. I believe seasonic makes a fine 850w also.
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March 1, 2012 1:50:25 AM

I recommend liquid cooling. It may be more expensive but is is definitely worth it. I have a Corsair H70 with an overclocked i5 2500k and it's always cool.
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March 1, 2012 2:27:54 AM

^it's not real liquid cooling.H70 is a good cooler but stock fans are crap.a good silent high performance fan is roughly $12.spending 90$ on a cooler is a no brainer thing.you can get similar performance with a cheaper solution.i have a megahalems rev.b with CM sickflows p/p.it's a really pleasing cooler.high end aircooler like noctua dh14 and silver arrow beat H70.so i would not suggest H70.H80 has a thicker rad.it 'might' worth the cost.

here's my $1500 rig-
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March 1, 2012 3:07:50 AM

looks like a great build. 750w will almost definitely be enough, and also the Three Hundred Illusion is a great case and shouldn't actually be too tight for two 6950's.
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March 1, 2012 6:17:37 AM

I would grab a crucial m4 SSD there alot more reliable.
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