I've been reading Tom's forever, never posted here before. I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to parts now a days. I've been a "gamer" for over 20 years, never a tech guy. I think I've pretty much mooshed my brain trying to decide whether to click on the "buy" button. Here's my rundown:
Approximate Purchase Date: Like now
Budget Range: around 2,000 USD more or less, budget not a huge deal, will pay more for significant gains
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, incl. FPS, RTS, etc... Total war, SWTOR, BF3
Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon
Parts Preferences: Quality Non child labor, unless it's real good quality, small fingers maybe has its advantages... I'm also a fan of the quieter parts
Overclocking: Yes, modest
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, was planning on 1 card for now, room to grow is important, so mobo needs space
Monitor Resolution: 1080p is okay for now, may consider future eyefinity when edgeless monitors are available (affordable)
The video card can be swapped out of course, but if you want it to last a bit longer with bleeding performance, go for it. As for the Arctic 5, might not be needed. Hopefully this helps. Play around with the site and see what you come up with.
Motherboard is overkill.
16GB is overkill for a gaming build, altho you never know when the prices will rise.
The CMSPG 800W is going to be fairly quiet. However it has issues with ripple and noise being close to spec on the +12V and +5V rails on full load, which would put me off it.
Clear better choices are also available:
NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular $140 http://www.amazon.com/HALE90-Power-Supply-Modular-HALE9...
Had it's fan on maximum load measured at 890RPM.
Corsair HX 750W 80Plus Silver/Gold Modular $150 ($10 rebate, $6 shipping, 15% off promo code) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 850W version had it's fan on maximum load measured at ~1370RPM.
Everything looks pretty good overall. IMO you're overspending on the motherboard (there are many $150-200 boards that do as good a job), but that's just an opinion.
I'd also say go for the 7970 rather than the 7950 3GB - the large amount of VRAM only helps with multiple monitors or with bigger monitors (i.e. a 30" at higher resolution), and you'll be paying about the same price for better performance.
Corsair case gets better reviews
PSU here is 10.0 jonnyguru rated.
MoBo has 3 year warranty
RAM - yours will hit the CPU cooler
SSD - This one is Tier 3, yours Tier 5 - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmar...
Cooler / TIM - The ones here are superior .... AS5 TIM takes 200 hrs to cure.....that's 200 hours of thermal cycling, not running time. See bottom of AS5 home page.
GFX - Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:
* four of the games in the test suite had issues in CF therefore results and failures prevent inclusion of CF data. This is expected to be fixed in coming months via driver updates.
Look at the cost per frame and see how high ya wanna go.....7950's 75 cents per frame edges out the 580 and 7970's 81 cents per frame, so I like the 7950 over the 580. From where I sit though, the top two cards in each line up just don't have enough "bang for the buck" (cost per frame is too high) for my taste.
Twin 560's get 43 % more fps (862) than the the single 7950 (603) and cost less. I can't make a judgement as yet as to how well the 7950 does in CF but if it scales similar to the 580, then we can expect the same 10% more fps for the 7950's in CF that the 580's get in SLI compared to the 560's. Ten percent performance increase for twice the price is too rich for my blood.