Need help with new build

I'm about to build my first new system alone and was gonna list what i had in mind and would love to get advice from you guys here for any changes or any insight you might have to lend me.

here is the system i had in mind
Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D
MOBO: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
CPU: Intel i7 2600k
Hard Drives: OCZ vertex 3 120gb, WD caviar black 1TB sata3
Ram: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-2000 CL9-10-9-27 Intel XMP Dual Channel Memory Kit (x2)
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card
PSU: Corsair Professional Series Gold AX850 CMPSU-850AX 850W ATX Fully Modular 80PLUS Gold Power Supply
Blu/CD/DVD: LG BH12LS38 12X Blu Ray Rewriter SATA Black Lightscribe 3D Playback
Os: windows prof 64
im also looking to watercool the CPU/GPU/mobo so any advice on that would be appriciated too

thanks for all your help

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  1. Your plan seems fine, but for what purpose? Gaming, video encoding, HTPC, what? And I take it that you are going Win 7 Pro.
  2. gaming mostly, i'll eventually be adding a 2nd and 3rd monitor
  3. Are you planning on overclocking it?

    For gaming mostly the i5 2500 or 2500k (overclocking) is the recommended chip.

    And if your not going to overclock past 4.5 GHz then aircooling is where you want to stay. Its quieter unless you go with a fanless watercooling setup, and less of a hassle
  4. i plan on OCing my cpu to 5.0+ which is why i want to go watercooling,
  5. Odds are that you will not be able to reach 5+ GHz. Only about 10% or so of the K's will reliably run that fast. But you might get lucky. :)

    For first-time builders, I recommendlooking at these threads:

    Build it yourself:

    And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
  6. budget? where are you buying from?
  7. $4500 budget, and i do most of my shopping from and my watercooling will most likely be from
  8. Asrock Z68 Extreme7- 341$ this one has pcie3.0 or
    EVGA Z68 FTW- 268$ this one does not

    Corsair Obsidian 800d- 250$

    i5 2500k- 220$ games cannot use hyperthreading the i5 2500k , in gaming situations, equals the 2600k

    CPU Water Block- 53$

    Gskill Sniper 8gb 1866mhz- 72$ even this memory is overkill. 2000mhz is just ridiculous

    Seagate 1tb- 52$\

    Crucial M4 128gb- 209$ not as fast but much more reliable

    OCZ ZX 850w- 140$ if you buy the visiontek card it is 140$. fully modular gold rated and cheaper than the ax850

    Asus Blu Ray Drive- 64$

    Visiontek 6970 2gb- x2=700$

    6970 Water Block- x2=230$

    Windows 7 64bit OEM- 111$ go to microsoft's website and see if you will actually use the extras that come with windows pro
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