New $2500 build

Hi all,

Was looking to build a new computer in the next week or two and wanted to place the build here for review. Wanted to see if you guys noticed any glaringly poor choices or mistakes on my part. I have built plenty of computers in the past, buts its been about 3 years since my last one so I might be a little rusty.

Approximate Purchase Date: next week(January 23rd-28th)

Budget Range: 2500ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, watching movies

Parts Not Required: speakers, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: United States

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: preferably single card, but not set in stone

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Anyway, here is the build:

Video Card:
MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5 Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Asus VK278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Webcam

Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

CPU Cooler:
CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Corsair Performance Pro Series CSSD-P256GBP-BK 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Optical Drive:
Sony Optiarc Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA 12X Half Height Tray Blu-ray Writer BD-5300S - OEM

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Hopefully It's as awesome as i think it is. Just curious if i'm missing anything, if the video card is too much overkill, and also if there are any little things i need to order like sata III cables or anything like that i might be overlooking.

Thanks again for the help.
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  1. i think that usually the mother board comes with cables (mine came with 2). I'm pretty sure bare drives and oem products dont come with cables so you should probably just purchase 2 or 3 more - theyre only like $3
  2. yea, the mobo comes with 4. But thanks for the heads up.
  3. I don't like that ram, no need for 16GBS, downgrade to 8GB and use your spare money to perhaps invest in crossfire, I mean, really, if you're spending $2500 you might as well. Also, no need for an SSD of that size, if anything I suggest buying a 60GB ssd for a quick boot, but that's about it. You're not video editing so you won't make much use with it.
  4. I disagree. Even without video editing, 60 gb will fill really quickly. I recommend the 128 gb crucial m4 ssd.
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