Last Minute Adjustments! $1000-1400 Gaming Computer

Hey guys I have pretty much finalized my build other than a few things and I wanted some suggestions.
Using for: Gaming, internet, schoolwork, 3D art, more
I don't need: a monitor, I will get one on Black Friday, mouse, keyboard, speakers
This is my build so far:


Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI

ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Xonar DG Sound Card

SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case

alright. any suggestions? Also I need to pick out a graphics card, I was thinking of this one:

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

but i was also thinking of waiting for the 7XXX and the 6XX to come out and I wanted to know if it was worth it. Also is there any better parts I could get for the same price?

Also I have a case debate:
Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case


Rosewill ARMOR Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


any other suggestions?

BTW: I do plan on OCing, so I want the one with good airflow, but I also want good expansion for room for X-fire later, and I like the thor V2 has more features, but does it make it worth it?
Also, I picked out a solid state so I could put my operating system on it and to the thing where is uses some of it as cache for non-solid states and they run faster, I will just wait for the price of normal hard drives to go down. Also, will my motherboard be ok with everything I want to do? (OCing, X-fire, t.b.d). Just trying to make sure it will work when ordering.

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  1. also forgot this:

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
    low profile in case i get a fan.
  2. I would suggest the Thor V2, as its setup to better cool graphics cards. although there is added hassle of putting your system together since the mobo is flipped 90 degrees. Also the SmartDrive technology you are referring to is where you designate a partition of the ssd you own to be used. The minimum from what ive seen is 20 gigs and the max is 64. I would recomend using it if you plan on using a mechanical drive for extra storage of games, but still want to see improved load times and such.
  3. alright thanks. Also, when you say the mobo is flipped 90 degrees is it like __ or |
  4. nobody? any more suggestions?
  5. its __power supply this side and back access to computer would be ontop of my words, take a look for a video on you tube youll understand.

    As a after thought, you should probably stick with the 6950 if you wanna go amd.
  6. so I should not wait for the 7xxx series?
  7. ATHELESTAN said:
    so I should not wait for the 7xxx series?

    depends really how much u want to drop on a card, only you can answer that. :)
  8. are the prices going to go up alot more in those series, or are they going to stay the same?
  9. Its all speculation until the cards come out.
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