Seeking advice and opinions on new build

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week or so.

Budget Range: $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, music, watching streaming video, gaming

Parts Not Required: moniter

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: intel processors

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No, unless cost effective in budget and worth it.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want cold temps.

I am passing my old build on in my family and am looking to build a new system for general use and some gaming, older games (i.e. Half-Life 2-ish stuff), but at high resolution (1920 X 1200). The old system is an E8400 with a HD4850 video card in a Rosewill mid-tower case. I have had some temperature problems in the old case especially with the video card as it gets above 100 C quickly when gaming (it will be going to a non-gaming person in my family). So, I am looking to keep temps way down if possible. I want to keep the cost at around $1500. Please let me know what you think of this proposed build...

CASE: Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case

A full tower is just too big. This case is bigger than a traditional mid-tower, so more space for cooling and the wire management looks great for a clean build, plus I think it looks good. I want something bigger than what I have and all the AZZA and Antec mid-towers are about the same size as my current case.

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
I know that the cache feature is hotly debated as to its usefulness, but the SSD on the board comes at a bit of a discount when bought with the board and as you will see I only plan to cache the HDD storage drive for limited gains.

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7502AAEX 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Data storage drive.

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Boot drive only with some applications so 64GB should be enough.

PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD ...

Optical Drives: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
I like having two optical drives, one retail for the software, even though it is old, for $4 more could be worth it, if not no loss.

Video Card: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100314VXSR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Powerful enough and cool, hopefully.

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Looks great keeping the middle of the case open for air flow, fits the case I like, seems to keep CPU cool well in reviews.

Case Fans and Controller: 4 Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fans
For the mesh side panel of the case, maybe one intake and 3 exhaust? I want it cold in there.

NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watts Channels
Works and matches case

If you have stuck with me this far thank you, and I appreciate your input.
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  1. Either I have designed the perfect build, or I am about to start feeling really unloved. Nobody has any opinions for me? Pretty please. With sugar on top. Don't make me beg. Okay, I am begging.
  2. a solid state drive isn't that necessary . instead of getting one you could crossfire two 6850's otherwise this is a realy good build for its price.
  3. here is a better performing and better looking case and if you dont want to scrap the ssd but you want the two 6850's try this
  4. Thanks for your ideas. Shouldn't one 6870 be good enough to run Half-Life 2 or old Call of Duty games at 1920 x 1200 without issues? Crossfire just seems like overkill for me, right? On the SSD side I would rather the system start up 10 seconds faster than for it to play the latest games at insane levels. I am thinking of waiting until Labor Day weekend now to see if I can get some sale deals on this build. And maybe dropping the motherboard with the ssd on-board (switching to the same model without the ssd) and using the difference in price to get the 128GB version of the ssd, good idea or not?
  5. yes at about 35 fps on max settings with drx9 im not sure about drx11 but it will run smooth on medium settings
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