New Gaming System

Hello everyone, I am looking at building a new computer for gaming within the next month.

So far all that I have done is bought the case but I am looking to spend around $1500 for the rest of the system. I already have a copy of Windows so that does not not need to figured in to the price.

Also, I am getting two SSD's and setting them up for RAID 0. I don't plan on getting a storage drive, mainly because they are really expensive right now and because I have plenty of external hard drives. So please don't recommend any traditional drives for storage.

The only stipulation that I have on the monitor is that it needs to be 24 inches to match the one that I already have because I want to use two monitors.

In addition to this, I also have to have a wireless card in this system as I currently do not own the residence in which I am living and am not allowed to run cat 5 through the walls.

Here is what I have selected so far:

Monitor
Samsung S24A350H
$199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001482

Video Card
XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB
$329.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3
$149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512

Power Supply
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W
$124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151100

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500k
$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

SSD (I'm getting two of these)
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-C 2.5" 120GB SATA III
$159.99 each
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211569

RAM (I am getting two of these for a total of 16 GB)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4 GB)
$59.99 each
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455

Optical Drive
LG Blu Ray Rewriter WH12LS38
$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136239

Wireless Card
Linksys WMP600N
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124342

Hopefully this system won't have to be changed too much. Thanks for your help!
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  1. SSD trim function and firmware do not fully support RAID and you won't notice the extra performance boost anyway for a lot the tasks.

    For wireless adapter I do not recommend one fixed to the computer. I recommend
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156321

    I recommend a mobo that supports PCI-E 3.0 if yours isn't already.
  2. Well what motherboard would you recommend?
  3. I'd drop the PSU to the XFX Core Edition 850, saves $35. The Seasonic MD12 got a 9.5 rating and I don't know how the new one compares, but the XFX got the same 9.5 performance rating.

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=127
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=217
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011

    I would recommend getting the exact same monitor

    I'd get one 240 GB SSD rather than two 120's..... RAID really isn't much good for anything but getting big benchmarking scores, especially gaming. The S510 didn't make this list but the 511 comes in at Tier 6 .... that's 61% slower than the Tier 1 guys

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/buy-ssd-recommendation-value,3088-6.html

    Skip the toothy heat sinks which accomplish nothing but interfere with CPU coolers.
    $49 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196

    This burner was shipping w/ free media few days ago
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252

    No cooler ????

    Cooler - $ 42 - Hyper 612 PWM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103103
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080

    As for MoBos.....can't see hpw you benefit in any way from Z68 but you decide.... read article below

    http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/difference-between-h67-p67-z68-and-h61-chipsets-a-22.html

    Z68 $190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
    P67 $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771
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