$1200-$1500 Custom PC Help!

Approximate Purchase Date: (This summer! I can wait until Black Friday for cheaper prices and that time I can get better parts!)

Budget Range: $1200-$1500. Mail-in-Rebates would be nice, too!

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I like to watch 1080p videos, play hardcore and newest games with ultra settings without dropping frame rate.
Parts Not Required: (I will keep my HDD, Monitors, Keyboard, Speaker, and my current GPU (If possible))

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX, Amazon, Newegg, Frys (I may likely go to stores if the price is the same as online).

Country: I am living in US (Portland, OR).

Parts Preferences: by brand or type:

For CPU -> definitely Intel. Some people prefer i5-2500k over i7-2600k because it's cheaper and it's slower than the 2600k just a little bit. Who knows? I think I will go with i7.

For RAM: Corsair 16GB Vengeance at 1600 MHZ (The i7 only support 1333 Mhz); Is there way to get the Memory run at 1600 Mhz? No Overclocking for RAM.

For Motherboards: I am stuck with:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506 $180

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790 $205

I don't know which brand should I go for because Gigabyte and Asus are like the top 2 brands of Motherboard right now.

For Graphics Card: Another bump. Motherboards and GPU are the two things that I extremely hate to find the good one. So much brands and so much versions. I am stuck with:

EVGA 012-P3-2068-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 448 Cores Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130739 $290

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575 $308

SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945 $288

HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161372 $278

MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608 $275

Sorry for too much suggestions. I want to get the best I can get. I am using GFC GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256 Bit right now.

For PSU: Corsair 650 Watt for sure.

Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1327459973&sr=8-2 $120

It came with 3 fans already. I will also be using Corsair H60 Water Cooling so it will be 4 fans. Looking for 4 more fans at 120m, with some light would be cool. Suggestions?

For Mouse: Logitech G500

That's it people! Please answer all the questions I have during this thread or some of them would still be appreciated! Suggestions and Comments are welcomed!

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
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  1. Quote:
    Approximate Purchase Date: (This summer!.......

    Do you mean next summer (6-7 months from now)? You can't plan a PC that far ahead. :lol:
  2. If you're waiting until summer, then I'd advise you to go Ivy Bridge and HD 7xxx instead of Sandy Bridge and HD 6xxx. Not because the latter are bad components, but because at that point you'll get a better value from the former.

    Neither the 2500k nor the 2600k officially "supports" DDR3 1600; it's technically an overclock in both cases, but don't be afraid of that. IB will officially support DDR3 1600, and overclocks hopefully in excess of 2133. If you're looking for gaming performance, I'd recommend going with the fastest 8GB kit you can get for under $100. I have no idea what this will be in 4-6 months, but the higher speed will provide you more benefit than higher capacity, though both are fairly negligible.

    I'd get a motherboard like the one you have listed, but for IB. Dual GPU setups are the way to go, in my opinion. I'd go with a strong mid-high range card, probably the 7870/7950, and then double up down the road.
  3. I know I plan this kind of early but you know... time flies! The 7870/7950 would be too much for me. I think I will wait for IB. Thanks men!
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