Build Compatibility?

This is my first build, and i will be using it for gaming, and HD video editing later on.

My budget is around $1800.

Recommendations: SLI/Crossfire support, Ivy Bridge compatibility, and the ability to OC.

Is my build good?

-CPU: i5 2500k $215

Note: My build, right off the bat, will only be used for gaming (not video editing) thus i am not concerned with Hyper-Threading or video encoding efficiency at the moment. Hence why i am not investing in a i7 2600k or 2700k. I plan on waiting for Ivy Bridge in Spring.

-Mobo: MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) $180

Note: The Z68's integrated graphics and PCI 3.0 are nice features for future modifications when my build will be more specialized towards video editing.

-GPU: MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III $370

Note: It was this or,

-MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GB $270

Is 570 worth the extra $100? The 560's 2GBs look nice as i will be using this build for HD video editing aswell and that can help with multi-monitor setups. I have heard that MSI's Twin Frozr series are notorious for heating up the second card in an SLI setup. Is that reason enough to go for some other GPU? Also, I swear no allegiance to NVidia and am willing to listen to any suggestions and/or recommendations.

-RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $50

-HD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 $80

Note: Notice i did not invest in an SSD (yet) this is because it will not be needed right away and, since it is such a new and growing accessory that will, eventually, take over HDs I find it more prudent to wait till Spring when i will need one most, and as a perk the prices will decrease and memory size will grow.

-CD/DVD Drive: Sony SATA DVD-ROM $17

-PSU: Antec CP-1000 1000W $150

-Case: Antec 1200 V3 $160

-Monitor: ASUS VE276Q 27" 1920x1020 $295

Note: I have been debating whether to go with this monitor or this,

-Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5" 1920x1200 $270

It has a better resolution, slightly bigger screen, and cheaper. Am i missing something? Is the higher resolution worth it for gaming/video editing?

Total: $1700 (roughly)
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    I don't see a point for the MSI board. It offers 2 usb3 and 4 sata3... it is gen3..
    Asrock extreme3 gen3 offers the same only 2 less sata3. Same difference, better price.
    If you don't care for gen3 have a look at gigabytes z68xp-ud3

    The msi gfx card is just fancy. I suggest you spend your money on computing power instead of batmobile looking gfx cards.

    The psu and case are absurdly expensive. With 850 solid watts you can power and overclock your rig with sli 570.

    Since you pay the money for a 27" monitor, go for the asus and put your eyes behind a trustworthy company.

    All the rest is ok.

    My opinion is this: Don't spend your money on fancy and flashy looking items. When you are gaming all you see is your screen and the results of your hardware. For the same money you can have all the eyecandy you need in your screen, instead of under your desk.
  2. My bad -.-
    The memory is high profile, you need low profile.
    I didn't see your cooler. Corsair A70 is perfect for you.
    Don't skip the SSD. Crucial m4 128gb
  3. Thanks for the response. I will definitely look into your suggestions.
  4. Best answer selected by JSRaper27.
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