Gaming build critique/help

Approximate Purchase Date: next two weeks

Budget Range: 1100 (can go as high as 1150) before rebates /lower = more games to play but want the best computer I can get for now

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (2x HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or, or anything else cheaper

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: doesn't matter just want a roomy case with good cable management. was thinking of antec df-85 and ASUS mobo unless there is something with equal quality and as easy to OC. The mobo i would also like to be full ATX so I have better airflow between cards and am not smashing things against each other. Would also like to include a decent SSD (can drop if I have no other choice)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (in future unless i can fit in decent ones now)

Other: Would like to see it with a side window in the case

Additional Comments: good frames and fast for gaming.

the build:
Intel Core i5-2500K/ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS -369.98
Not sure if I need a z68 or if the p67 would be better

Case: Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case -154.99

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC -89.99
Not sure on this also is this big enough or is there something better for the price range

GPU: XFX HD-695X-CDDC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity -289.99

Ram: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR -59.99

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler -63.00
Also is this the best that I can get for under 75 or is there something better. As I would like a decent overclock and was hoping to get it to around 5.0ghz

SSD: OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) -104.99
More input on this how well is OCZ brand and will this be the best bang for the buck as far as the SSD goes?

CD Rom/ HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive /ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM -74.48

Total 1307.41 So I am approximately over by $200

Any help would be greatly appreciated and I also need some recommendations as I am somewhat current just need some advice especially on case/psu/mobo/SSD/CPU Cooler
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  1. MSI P67A-G43 (B3) $130 -> $110 after MIR

    P67/Z68 are both good. What you're really looking for is x8/x8 you can splurge and spend $250ish on a motherboard for dual x16 PCIe 2.0 though.

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $30

    I would ditch the SDD and grab a samsung spinpoint f3 1tb instead. You don't really need a SSD. You will be satisfy with the Samsung HDD. If you really want a good SSD go get the Crucial m4 64gb:

    I don't think you're going to need 2GB VRAM on your GPU
    XFX HD-695X-ZNDC $267 after shipping before $30 rebate [single fan design]
    XFX HD695XZDDC $277 after shipping before $30 rebate [dual fan design]
  2. Well I can shave about 100 by switching the GPU to the EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ... -239.99 that saves me $60 and it performs pretty much the same as the 1gb 6950. Also switched out the CPU cooler to the CM 212+ That saves me another 30. I just hope it cools as well and I still need to cut about 100 from the budget probably in the case but don't want to give up too much there as far as the space and cable management
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  4. Hi, again the 560 ti should run better [OC'd] than the 6950. It may get loud so make sure you find one with a good design and less noise. Glad you switch to the Hyper 212+ it's actually really good despite its cheap price. Here's some suggestions for alternative cases:

    NZXT Phantom $130 beautiful case and full tower

    Cooler Master HAF 922 $100 or $90 after MIR

    Cooler Master Storm Scout $80 or $70 after MIR

    The Cooler Master cases I suggested are well worth its price and have great cable management. This should solves everything :)
  5. With the Intel® Core™ i7-2600K, I am running the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ with the second fan added to it and I am holding temperatures at idle in the low 30’s. So the 212+ does work well for keeping the temps down.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
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