Building a gaming PC and want to use the following components, but not locked in to anything:
Theraltake VL90001W2Z Armor 90 case
Intel Core i7 2600 Processor
Corsair CWCH60 Water Cooling
Western Digital WD5002AALX HD's, Raid 0
Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B Ram (16 Gigabytes)
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Motherboard
Windows 7 Premium
CoolerMaster RS-A00-80GAD3-US Power Supply
Lite-on iHBS212-08 Blue Ray/DVD
Gigabyte GV-R6850C-1GD Radeon HD 6850 (two)
Sound Card of some type
Possibly a 120GB SSD
Already have a gaming keyboard, mouse and HD monitor.
What say you. Are all of these components compatible? Any suggestions?
For gaming, the Hyperthreading on the i7-2600 isn't utilized and won't be for a long time, so drop down to the i5-2500/2400/2300.
IMHO, don't use RAID. If it fails, you can lose all your data and backing up everyday with fear is kind of pointless in my eyes.
For SSD of 120 GB, try the Crucial M4.
Cooler Master is a pretty meh PSU manufacturer. I recommend XFX, Antec, Corsair, and PCP&C. My personal recommendation is the Antec Earthwatts 750W Active PFC Power Supply for $85. Pretty cheap yet great quality if you ask me.
If you like that GIGABYTE Motherboard, you can consider the Z68XP-UD3.
The H50/60/70/80/100 are not very advanced compared to their air counterparts, like the Noctua, CM Hyper 212 EVO, and Thermaltake Frio. The diff in temp is barely 2C. I personally recommend the EVO I talked about for $35.
16GB of RAM for gaming, even if future-proofing, isn't needed. Games only utilize 4-6GB of that, so 8 GB is recommended. I say get the G.Skill Sniper 2 x 4GB 1.25v RAM.
Dont go too small on the PSU, you never EVER wanna skimp on the PSU. Always get more than what is needed due to the fact that power supplies degrade over time. I would def stick with something along the lines of 850-1000w just to be safe. Also the CM silent pro PSU's are good, very good.
i7 2600 can't be overclock, so no need to buy an aftermarket CPU cooler. I suggest you to buy the i5 2500K it can be overclock and buy an aftermarket CPU cooler. It's what I'm using now and I overclocked it at 4.7 GHZ.