New Build .. Any Advice would be great.

Approximate Purchase Date: 3 months (After Baby birth and bills settled.)
Budget Range: $1500 (Unfortunately I think $2,000 is more likely.)
Parts Not Required: N/A (Migrating from laptop.)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,
Country of Origin: US
Over clocking: Yes (Probably only easy mode OC from switch on MoBo)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, Crossfire
Monitor Resolution: 1080p (1920x1200 or better)

Ok so my laptop is 6 years old now and the $1,800 I spent on it got me through my WoW phase and this machine is finally dying. I have a baby on the way and have to make sure all the doctor bills and what not are covered before I use my computer money. I have done a bit of research and I wanted a reasonably priced machine that will have some life in it. I am not a hardcore PC gamer so I have no need for the best parts every year. Any constructive advice would be great. TY!

CPU: Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $219.99

MoBo: ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe $249.99

RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) $129.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 x2 $539.98

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb $89.99

SDD (For MoBo Intel Smart Response Tech.): OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II $84.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower $159.98

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V $159.99

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER V8 $59.99

Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD $179.99

Optical Media: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $20.99 (Place holder for Blu-Ray Burner) $20.99

Keyboard: (Not in budget will use a cheapy until I free up some capital for a quality one.)

Mouse: (Not in budget will use a cheapy until I free up some capital for a quality one.)

WiFi Card: (Not in budget will use the Intel gigabit LAN in the MoBo until I can afford & research a low latency wifi card)

Headset: (Not in budget BUT will eventually get the Astro A40 Audio System)

In my new egg basket there are discounts and I know prices will change in the 3 months so I might need to revise some selections. Any advise, Insights, other Help would be great. TY again.

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  1. Performance question to go with build...

    With the SSD caching I wasn't sure if the raid 0 would be worth it, also not sure if a 30gb drive will cut it with caching but info I have found is limited. Now I am trying my best to keep costs as low as I can so I would rather not spend on 2 SATA III 6gb HDDs to raid 0 however would 2 SATA II 3gb 1TB Drives such as be faster in a raid 0 config over the SATA III drive if so the cost difference would be minor. Ty in advance.
  2. My professional opinion is, WAIT until you get closer to build date. Technology changes fast and i7 price will probably drop in August/September (as per usual Intel Fashion)

    Enjoy the parent thing and get ready to sacrifice all "Me" money for another 25 years...
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