To spend more money or less money.... That is the answer I need....

Hey folks, I'm looking to build a new PC finally. It's been since about 2000 since I built one for myself. Anyhow I'm torn between a few things. I want my PC to last a while and really have no intentions of upgradeing it for at least 5 years maybe more.

I'm looking to play games on ultra/maxxed such as Diablo 3, SC2, WOW, some FPS games, and whatever may be out next. My issue and train of thought is this. Do I spend more $$$ now to get better components or do I go middle of the road and take that $$$ I saved and build a new box in a couple of years?

Below is what I've been looking at picking up. I will run multi monitors down the road and possibly sli/xfire. Have at it and tell me my options. Looking at a budget of 1500-2000 maybe a bit more or a bit less not set in stone.

Mobo - ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 269.99

CPU - Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 369.99

The 2600k is out of stock and I'm up in the air if I should go I5 2500k instead.

Ram - CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 94.99

PSU - SeaSonic X-1250 1250W 269.99 (15% off brings it to 229.49)

Optical - 25.99

Debating if I should get another and run 2 opticals.

HD - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 124.99

Was looking at the WD Black drives beacuse of better warranty but not sure. Also not sure if I should grab 2 drives and run in raid 0. Not sure if it's worth the $$ for the 1-3 fps I'd get from it.

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942 199.99 -20 MIB = 179.99

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade 185.48

Total with shipping before GPU, discounts, and MIB's is at 1541.41 .

I'm thinking of grabbing a moniter but it isn't needed I've got some I can use currently. As far as video cards I'm thinking 7970 the XFX black variation but no one has them in stock that I've seen. So there we have it. Thanks folks.
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  1. Save your money is my vote. Here are some ways to cut cost without sacrificing gaming performance:

    i5 2500k is fine for gaming and normal use

    You could probably go with a P8Z68-V Gen3 unless you need the extra SATA ports and the Firewire support

    4GB RAM is fine, 8GB is more than enough for gaming

    Get an 850-1000W PSU depending on your choice of GPU, if you want to Xfire or SLI down the road. Brand is fine though.

    You can go with WIN 7 Professional if you need XP Mode (Ultimate only if you really need the multi language support)

    These will seriously cut your costs and give you extra money to put towards a GPU; or you can save it :)
  2. You can easily save A LOT of money on that build.

    1. You can go with the i7 2600k instead of the 2700k
    The 2600k is VERY similar to the 2700k, the only difference a 100Mhz stock clock difference and the huge price difference. Since the i7 2600k is overclockable, you can easily overclock the CPU to the 3.5GHz that the 2700k is running at. The i5 2500k is more than enough, but the i7 is a better bet for future proofing.
    Save: $55

    2. You can go with a cheaper motherboard. The ASRock Extreme 3 Gen3 z68 motherboard is a great motherboard, it has 2 PCIe 3.0 slots for SLI and CF in the future. It is also extremely reliable.
    Save: $148

    3. You DO NOT need 16GB of RAM, 8GB is more than enough. Go with this 8GB memory kit:
    Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    Save: $58

    4. You also DO NOT need a 1250W PSU...I'm also pretty sure you won't be happy about the extra $100 that will be in the electricity bill when you buy a 1250W PSU...get a 850W's more than sufficient for upgrades such as SLI and CF.
    XFX Core Edition PRO850W
    Save: $110.5

    5. You can also go with a cheaper case. The Rosewill Thor is a full size case that is more than sufficient for your needs.
    Save: $50

    That's over $400 in savings. I also see you don't have a graphics card. With the money saved, get this graphics card:
    Radeon 7950
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