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50% Completed New Gaming Rig Seeking Advice

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June 12, 2011 7:23:57 AM

First time building a computer by myself and I want everything to go smoothly
New build focusing on gaming, trying to stay within a $600-800 budget
Interested in SLI/crossfire and overclocking but insufficiently educated
Seeking feedback on current build and advice for next purchases
Mostly worried about hardware compatibility

Parts I already have (and the price I got them for):

Case: Antec Three-Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX ($54)

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB ($85)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($65)

Operating System: Windows 7 (not included in budget)

Total so far before tax: $204

Planning on purchasing:

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k ($180)

Seeking advice for:

Motherboard: ???

Graphics Card: ???

Power Supply: ???

DVD Burner: ???

Overclocking: ???

SLI: ???
June 12, 2011 8:03:14 AM

Could've saved some money by just having 4Gb of ram there but Dwai,
Z68 is the new standard for sb chips,
any old dvd drive (decent enough ofc)
now, on your budget sli is going to be a compromise, I'd get a single card for now with a decent 600w psu and add the second card later on when money allows
and you can utilise the time spent saving by investigating sli/crossfire benefits for your intended use, its all win man :) 
June 12, 2011 10:21:43 AM

Asrock, MSI, Asus...all have a variety of P67 and Z68 boards....

I'd personally opt for a single 6950(2gb) card as being the best 'bang for the buck' today....; 560Ti offers similar performance.
June 12, 2011 6:17:19 PM

It's pretty hard to stay within that budget on hardware worthy of Sandy Bridge.
^Flash to 6970? I haven't done it, but isn't it pretty easy?