New build under 3k budget

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: 2.5k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Photo Shop, Video editing

Parts Not Required: Monitor/OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Currently using Newegg, if somewhere else will have a better deal I will gladly use there

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences:None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Here is what I have so far let me know:

Hey all I just sold my old desktop and I am looking to upgrade. Here is what I have so far comments etc. appreciated. I have compiled this after reading a few sites and looking at Thergood's build, I plan to do the same as him with the computer looking at making the purchase in the next month or so. I have about a 2.5k budget this current build is right on that mark, but if trimming can be done I will gladly do that.

CPU : Intel Core i7-2600K

Cooler: Noctua NH-D14

Case: HAF X

PSU: Silverstone 1000W

GPU: 2x Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 in Crossfire

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 12GB

Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD80

SSD/HD: OCZ Vertex 2/Samsung F3 1TB

Disk drive: LG Blue Ray
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  1. I'd buy from

    It is shipping free with orders above $50 as long as you're in Canada.

    I'd get this High Current Antec Gamer 900w

    You don't need 1000w. An 800w would would do fine but the PSU I listed is very cheap and efficient than most 800w available.

    Your Motherboard is overkill, get this.
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    Pretty much the same cpu as far as gaming, and right now, its $110 less.

    Just as good of a HSF if not better, and $25 cheaper

    Better unit (imo) and is $32 cheaper after promo code and rebate. Also, Silver to Gold is almost no difference, so you get a cheaper unit with more watts, just as reliable if not better.

    12Gb is not only excessive, but the cpu reads dual channel better for now. This will also save you around $30

    Much better MoBo and can hold 3-Way SLI

    I would prefer you to go nvidia, and a single GTX590 is roughly the same price, and i think you could probably upgrade to the second in the future. Performance from CFX of those 2 and a single GTX590 will be basically the same for most games.

    With all this money we saved, get a Crucial M4 SSD. They are rated #1 on the market, and are synchronous. This means, unlike asynchronous drives that lose speed at 50% capacity, this will run at 100% rated efficiency until 80% capacity is used up.

    This being said, you are looking at spending appr. $180 more, but i think this will run a much smoother system and give you much better upgrade options in the future (another GTX590? ehh?)
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