Making a new system - need opinions

ok guys never done this before so here goes

looking to spend between 1800 - 2500 AUD on a PC to play games on full graphics ( bf3, diablo 3, mw3 etc)

CPU - Intel Core i7 2600K

Motherboard - MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 Motherboard

Graphics cards - 2 x ASUS Radeon 6970 DirectCU II 2GB

Case - Corsair Graphite 600T Special Edition White Case

RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM (2x4GB) DDR3

HDD - Western Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX

Power Supply - Silverstone Strider 1200W Gold ST1200G

CD Drive - LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive

Cooling system - Antec KUHLER H2O 920 CPU Cooler

buying off for aussie prices

total price so far $2435.00

My questions
- I want a better looking case that still works as well, any suggestions
- Is my power supply to much?
- Is the cooling source needed?
- Can this system run runescape on full graphics?
- better graphics cards for the same cost?

for the motherboard i have been suggested the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard, is this better value with same potential?
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  1. First thing: Different RAM. 2133mhz is a waste because it won't perform better than 1600mhz and it's double the price. Also you want 1.5V instead of 1.65V for sandy bridge. You can get twice the ram for the same price or the same amount of ram for half the price. Anything from this list will do:
    I would go with Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin, or Kingston.

    The power supply is too much. I'm not an expert on PSU wattage requirements, but two 6970s don't need 1200W. I would try closer to the 900W-1000W range but I think even that might be a little too much. Hopefully there's an expert that can help more with that.

    I wouldn't go with the Kuhler. It's not CPU heat that you're worried about - it's GPU heat. A standard air-cooling CPU heatsink will be fine for the CPU. For the GPU heat make sure you get a case with good ventilation (I'll get to that soon), make sure you have GPU's with good cooling, and make sure your motherboard has two slots between PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (the MSI board you picked does). I can't find the exact card you mentioned, but I'd go with double-wide cards over triple wide if it were me. Bottom line is that the Kuhler won't perform better than air cooling. If you want to get better performance out of liquid cooling you'll need to get a pump and radiator and liquid-cool the video cards, too.

    In terms of cases, the Graphite cases cool well. "Better looking" is very subjective. Here are some cases that cool well in a similar price range:

    I think ASRock is the way to go for the kind of build you're looking at. The two price points that I think would suit you best are the extreme4 and extreme7. Here are the links:

    The cards you chose will play anything you can throw at it right now at 1920 resolution. You could argue nvidia cards for the price, but the 6970s are going to perform well and you'll be happy with them.
  2. +1 to the ASRock Z68 Mobo
    +1 to the 900W PSU
    RAM: 8GB 1600 1.5V will do great for your system nothing over that
    If its just for gaming go for the i5 2500k (if you want to save a couple extra $ i7 is better for photo/video editing)
    Case: I would go with a HAF 912 or 922
    HDD: Dont go green! Seagate Barracuda 1TB on amazon if you can order from there or the Samsung Spinpoint F3
  3. Emelth said:

    HDD: Dont go green! Seagate Barracuda 1TB on amazon if you can order from there or the Samsung Spinpoint F3

    Agreed. You want the performance of a 7200rpm drive. I missed that the first time around.
  4. +1 on what emelth said.
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