Advice on Rookie Build Please

Approximate Purchase Date: December 26/2011 or shortly thereafter.
Budget Range: 1400$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: solely gaming
Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Country: Canadia
Parts Preferences: intel cpu, asus mobo
Overclocking: not right away but definitely in the future
SLI or Crossfire: I would like to leave my upgrade path open
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Most of the knowledge I've gained from looking at the advice and builds of others has been from this site. So thanks to the community for providing an ample knowledge base for me to figure out what I wanted in my build! I didn't include an hdd because the prices are so high. As this is purely for gaming Im hoping a 128GB ssd will last until prices come down on hard drives.


Mobo: ASUS P8P67 Pro REV3.1 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard $155.76

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB $232.45

RAM: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 XMP Dual Channel Memory Kit $36.99

Graphics Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6970 900MHZ 2GB 5.5GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E DIRECTX11 Video Card $349.99

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB USB3.0 1394 Fan Ctrl No PS $149.99

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $18.69

SSD: Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps

PSU: XFX 850W PRO850W XXX Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Silver $137.77

Mouse: Microsoft Sidewinder X8 USB 2.4GHZ Wireless 4000DPI Bluetrack Mouse $71.53

Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard $54.99

$1,405 (without tax)
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  1. Great build. Two things would be: 1. z68 board instead of p67. integrated graphics, quick sync, ssd caching. 2. I'd get a better monitor. 1280x1024 doesn't require much graphic power especially a 6970. If you are going to buy a powerful card at least have a monitor to use it on! You could just get a 6770 or 6850 and use the rest of the money on a 22-24" monitor.
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    Are you going to get an aftermarket CPU cooler? You should see if it would fit with that RAM.

    The PSU is a little much for your rig unless you plan to Xfire in the future. Get 1 650 W PSU if you don't or keep the 850W if you may Xfire.

    I agree with crewton on the monitor.

    Depending on your end use the P67 is fine. You only to go the Z68 route if you plan to do SSD caching or need it for video transcoding.

    Otherwise a good plan.
  3. Thanks for the input! I'll look into the z68 but I was under the impression that the performance of ssd caching was not very impressive. And as for the monitor, I'll look into higher resolutions when I can afford to get a better monitor.

    O and I'd like to leave the option to crossfire open as I may in the future. Cheers!
  4. Why not drop that expensive keyboard and mouse, get a 6870 and a better monitor?
  5. Thanks for the advice fellas!
  6. Best answer selected by cymerick.
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