I'm new to the computer building scene as this is my very first one. I'm tired of getting packages that will not do what I want, and cost just as much as building a rig yourself.
I am building this computer for gaming MMOs mostly. Swtor right now, and Guild Wars 2 when it comes out. I'm just looking for a little help in knowing what will be able to run these games at max setting with good fps.
My budget is around $1500
This is what I have so far.
Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
MOBO - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68
GPU - SAPPHIRE 100311-3SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB
RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Power - Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-1000w
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM
SSD(for OS, and digital download games) - SanDisk Ultra SDSSDH-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB
DVD R - ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Not sure if I should should drop the Radeon HD 6970 in favor of 2 x 6950s(I hear you can flash them and turn them into 6970s but i'm not sure how safe that is), and drop the SSD from the build.
The SSD is not a huge requirement, but i'm sure it's helpful and would be nice to have.
Looks good to me and considering that you have a pretty generous budget. MMO's usually don't require too much graphics or processing power and I'm pretty sure SWTOR and Guild Wars 2 aren't really exceptions. I know for sure that Guild Wars 2 said they were going to be made for mid ranged systems and this is definitely better than a mid range system. Also, I WOULD NOT drop the SSD. SSD's makes things load so much faster and saves you so much time.
Your Build is pretty decent, are you considering xfire in the future? If not you could get 750-850W PSU that would be more than enough for your build and minor additions(Sound card, hdds, fans, etc.), and try to stick to Corsair, Cooler Master, Silverstone for the PSU(Bronze to Gold certification).
Also if you are willing to spend 200$ extra or so, you can either get the 7xxx series from AMD if you can find one or a GTX 580.
Also keep the SSD for OS, APPS, and 1-2 of your main games, really helps a lot if they have long loading times.
To answer some questions I don't have any interest in crossfire if a single card will be able to run the games that I want with nice fps.
As to some of the other suggestions i've made some changes
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE RC-922M-KWN2-GP Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 2.5" 60GB
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
SAPPHIRE 21197-00-40G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5
I managed to shave a few bucks by replacing the HAF 932 with the 922.
I swapped the SSD and reduced it to 60gb which hopefully will be enough.
I replaced the gpu with the 7970, and swapped the power supply with a better known brand.
So, with those changed i'm now sitting at around $1638 which is acceptable.
My question is with the lower 750w power supply will I be able to run everything ok?