The hard drive, case (including fans), and OS will be recycled from my former pc build.
My GPU of choice is the Radeon HD 6950 2GB, but I am unsure of which version to buy. I plan to mod (and possibly OC) the card into a 6970, but I cannot tell which are reference cards and which are not, and would like some help in deciding which version (MSI, XFX, HIS, etc) and model to buy. You've most likely already figured it out, but I also plan to OC the CPU.
I have done a quite a bit of researching on how to build a new PC from scratch, but only a little bit of time has been spent actually building anything.
Does anyone have advice, criticism, or recommendations on any of this? Since this is my first build time building a PC completely from scratch, I figure that I've probably messed *something up, and/or overlooked something..
I see that the memory you exemplified is 1600, while the ram I chose for this build is 2133. Just to clarify, are you saying that the difference between 2133 and 1600 isn't worth the extra money, or are you saying that the specific model of 2133 ram I have chosen is overly expensive in general?