$1800 Gaming Build help

Im about to build a gaming rig in about a month and I need some input on the components I chose. Maybe if there is some things I can upgrade to be cheaper or things I can upgrade that are a little more (which i dont mind). Components I plan to buy at Newegg:

Case: A red NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower $139.99

CPU: i7 2600k @3.4GHz which I plan to clock at 4.4GHz $299.99

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling $119.99

PSU: Silverstone Strider 750W 80+ Gold 100% modular $139.99 (a little overkill but I do prefer modular)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Bare HDD 1TB 6GB/s 7200RPM $129.99

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 60GB SATA III $104.99 (Boot Up drive)

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws x Series 8GB DDR3 @2133MHz $79.99

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Deluxe w/ UEFI Bios $209.99

GPU: Zotac GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB $299.99

CD Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray Burner $99.99 (Deffinetely can change this)

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro $149.99

And thats it so far, I'm open to upgrades/cheaper things but I prefer Intel and Nvidia GPU's. My main things I will be doing with this build is gaming on Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, and other major games. Thanks! any input is really helpfull :)
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    For strict gaming, i5-2500K will perform nearly the same as i7-2600K. So pick up the i5-2500K with the H100 here:

    Corsair has proven PSU quality and it's overkill for 2133Mhz RAM with not much noticeable performance:

    Corsair HX750 (modular, 80+ silver) + Corsair 1600Mhz Low Profile RAM:

    Drop that motherboard for an updated ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3:

    I'd recommend a bigger SSD for OS + regular games/apps. Crucial M4 has proven reliability:

    Drop the sound card unless you have a nice sound setup (doesn't hurt to try out onboard audio first and buying sound card later).

    Case and BD burner is fine.

    Jump for a GTX 580:

    Should all come out to ~$1780.
  2. Alright thanks for the advice man! GTX 580 sounds great! I appreciate this :D!
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  4. Is the Asus GTX 580 any good or is the EVGA version better?
  5. I'd do a 2500k and save the cost differnce for other components

    I'd do a Corsairr 500R

    The H100 is a noisy thing and barely tops the air coolers..... not worth the cost or noise IMO.

    The 750 is a lil undersized if ya gonna OC ya GPU in SLI and CPU ..... I'd get an 850

    a little overkill but I do prefer modular

    Why introduce failure points, decreased efficiency and cost for no benefit ? Why make modular connectors for cables that you can't possibly not connect ?,8016.html

    Hybrid modular is the way to go if ya need this instance only the necessary cables (24 pin, 8 pin EPS, 1st PCI-E and 1 SATA) are hard wired, and the optional ones are modular.

    If ya stickin w/P67 and I see no reason not to ....reading the article below

    I'd spend another $15 and get the WS Revolution ..... the NF200 chip gives full x16 x16 GFX bandwidth (as opposed to x8 x8) and while it doesn't affect average FPS to a great extent in most games, the impact on minimum fps is more pronounced.....however in some games (i.e. STALKER, the increase can be as great as 10%.

    Here's some combos to Consider....

    w/ Corsair TX850 PSU ... saves $30 on combo + $35 in MIR's + $10 off w/ promo code EMCJHHD24, ends 1/1

    W/ WD Black HD (5 yr warranty) ... saves $30 on combo + $20 in MIR

    w/ Corsair 500 R case ... saves $30 on combo + $30 in MIR

    These 2 save $20 in MIR + $20 in combo
    w/ 2500k
    w/ 2600k

    Comparing the WS w/ the competition here, it seems easy to justify the $15

    The Barracuda XT is a fantastic drive .... the Barracuda w/o the XT, not so much.

    I was in love with the idea of the 560-448 pre-release....but at that price, I can't make a case for it. And as a limited edition product, gonna be real hard to find a 2nd one when ya wanna SLI. I'd get two of these instead which will give ya about 50-60% more fps than the single 560-448 ....and 40% more (for $40 less) than a single 580

    Given the price of BR media, Id get a unit that plays BR but writes DVD's
    DVD Writer - $ 58 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS

    I don't think the sound card investment is worth it over on board audio
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