I just ordered the following parts from Newegg. Please let me know what weaknesses you perceive here. (Keep in mind - while I realize went pretty conservative on the GPU, I would consider getting another GPU and xFiring in the future.)
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Blue LED Fans-1x 230mm front 1x 230mm top 1x 230mm side and 1x 140mm rear RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply CPU Cooler/Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity Media Reader: Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate CD/DVD: LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM
CML16GX3M4A1600C9B OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
-Case and PSU are top end, my 2nd favorite combo behind the CP-850 w/ any compatible Antec Case
-Heatsink is a great budget heat sink but everything else is high end.....I wuda went better w/ say the Thermaltake Silver Arrow. +$40
-I don't see as you will benefit in any way from 4 x 4GB unless you doing Photo / Video editing or some other special apps. Hopefully the RAM is the low profile Vengeance, not the ones w/ the tall Heat Sinks. -$55
The problem I have with the Corsair Vengeance is the same I have with many kits of RAM on the market. Companies insist on putting large coolers on their RAM and it limits the choice in CPU heatsinks that can be used within users system. DDR3 does not require these elaborate coolers with its lower voltages which translate to lower temperatures then RAM saw during the DDR, and DDR2
-The Black, Seagate 7200.12 and Spinpoint F3 trade wins in all the benchies, but again w/ the quality of the other components, I wuda tried ti squeeze in a 2 or 3 TB Barracude XT +$70
-I don't see the 68xx as being a good fit ... ya went top end w/ most everything else, but , as with the cooler, ya skimped a bit for the GFX card. For an extra $20, ya cuda increased performance at 1920 x 1200 by 14% and when paired by 23%
I went overkill on a lot of this - I know. I am not even an intense gamer; I just like to have top of the line components. Seeing as how I don't know what the future holds in computer components, I'd like to have a solid build that I can confidently use for the next 4 years.
The only system taxing work I really do involves heavy data analysis in Excel and Access. High number of calculations (i.e. 65,000 lines x 65,000 lines). On the GPU, I couldn't justify going high end, because I know that nothing I currently do will tax the 6870. But I wasn't aware the 560 Ti was attainable for $205; I expected an upgrade to that level to be closer to $50. In my naivete, I took the Tom's Hardware article for September at face value - but that is always a function of value v price, and prices do change.
On the memory - yes, this is the low profile. I wanted to avoid any conflicts with the 212+.
Thanks for the comments and feedback guys - if anyone else has thoughts, please let me know.
I contacted Newegg and asked them to make the following changes:
Memory: Downgrade from 16GB to 8GB. Same memory. (I looked into the 1866, but it is not offered in a low profile version. I don't want to change out the 212+. What's more - the 8GB was actually cheaper than I expected.) -$50
GPU: Upgrade from 6870 1GB to 6950 1GB. Gigabyte model with 3 fans - pretty well reviewed on Newegg. Case should have plenty of room for this long, overclocked card. +$50
Changes should be a wash. I don't know if the Egg will honor my request, but since this has not shipped yet and today was a weekend, I am hopeful that between my e-mail and a call tomorrow morning, I can get these changes made.