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Help me build a gaming PC please (intel, radeon <$2000)

I'm looking at the following build. Its actually cheaper pre-built on Cyberpowerpc than
as parts from new-egg, although on newegg I can choose the graphics card and hard drive brand.
I'm as good as anyone at connecting wires and turning screws, but kinda lazy and technical for
a living, so not too interested in technical for a hobby, unless its better.

Is this a decent build? I can't figure out how to pick a mobo.

Approximate Purchase Date: By end of February 2012

Budget Range: < $2000, cheap is good

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 95% Gaming, and some programming/surfing/hacking

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, cyberpowerpc, keep it easy

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel, Radeon

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly crossfire as next upgrade, but maybe not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200, may upgrade to multiscreens for racing games

Additional Comments: Quiet is nice, I don't like to shut off the computer

Case: * Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower Gaming Case with 4 Hot Swappable HDD Cage & (4) 230MM Fans [+60]
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2500K 3.30 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified)
Cooling Fan: * Thermaltake FRIO Overclocking Cooler Fan (CLP0564) [+20]
Motherboard: [CrossFireX/SLI] Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ BT GO! Lucid Virtu and Intel SRT & 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, 2x SATA-III RAID, 2x Gen3 & 1x Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (All Venom OC Certified) [+94]
Memory: 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [+23])
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+414] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
Freebies: FREE Game - Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Power Supply Upgrade: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+76]
Hard Drive: 120GB Corsair Force GT Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 515MB/s Write [+82] (Single Drive)
Data Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+110] (Single Drive)
Optical Drive: LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
Ultra Care Option: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]

Thanks alot!
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  1. "some programming/surfing/hacking"

    its not wise to advertise hacking as part of your system usage. Especially on a public forum such as this.
  2. I mean hacking in the old sense of fooling around with programs and hardware, not cracking, phracking or other malicious activity. Sorry if that was unclear.
  3. Best answer
    If you love those parts, and they total less than newegg, then go for it.

    But, if you want a bit cheaper without compromise, here are a few ideas:

    1) Do you love that $150 case? If so, get it. But, you can get a good case for half that.

    2) The 7970 is probably a good idea since you are anticipating triple monitor gaming.

    3) The 7970 is a 28nm card and does not need all that much power.
    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/7970/Pages/radeon-7970.aspx#/2
    You can save with a quality 550w psu.

    4) If you will run only one graphics card, and why not?, the 7970 is a beast, why not use a smaller, cheaper M-ATX motherboard? Or, even an m-ITX?

    5) A $30 cooler is all you need, like the CM hyper212.

    6) Do really need a bluray player?
  4. Best answer selected by porkfried.
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