Hi, I have never built a gaming pc before. I've been doing a lot of research lately and put together the following setup. Before I buy, I would like any feedback regarding these parts. My goal is to have a one video card solution for a three monitor setup for Eyefinity to run in pretty high settings. I've read a lot about problems from crossfire, so I would like to avoid that. I would mainly use the system to play first person shooters, flight sims. I don't know much about overclocking, so I don't know that I would mess with that. One of my concerns is the motherboard I've picked. $100.00 seems cheap for one, but it has had good reviews. Thanks
Intel i5-2500k processor $210.00
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Motherboard $100.00
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Memory Kit 8GB 2x4GB $ 55.00
Seagate ST2000DL003 Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive $150.00
Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 Enthusiast Series 850W PSU $125.00
Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-ray burner $ 80.00
Azza CSAZ-1000 Solano Full Tower Gaming Case $100.00
Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB $600.00
The build looks really good. Keep in mind the Black Edition 7970 probably isn't worth it from a value perspective (performance/price), but it does look very nice and noise at load is a little better than the reference design. It looks like a really solid build. I was going to say go for a little higher end case, but I just looked that one up on newegg and it looks pretty good. The corsair mid-end cases look very nice though- something to check out (mostly for aesthetics).
Don't sweat the motherboard- the more expensive models typically just add features (more usb ports, pci-e slots etc) and don't necessarily perform better. Just make sure you select some good monitors to go with this solid build. Cheers!
+1 on good monitors. If you plan on running a landscape setup it's not as important. If however you want to run portrait then you'll need monitors that support pivot, and preferably 16:10 IPS with thin uniform bezels.