Building My First Computer

So, around a month ago I made a post in this forum (which can be found here,) asking for some help creating a build for a computer I was planning on building. I was told that my original plan to buy parts as I gained more money probably wasn't the best way to go, I decided to wait until I had reached my budget to ask again, so any help will be greatly appreciated in helping to create a build!

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow (2-18-2011)

Budget Range: $1450-$1550

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video (Video Editing), Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: No true preference, though I was given a suggestion for a case that I think I'm going to use - Cooler Master Storm Scout

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: This is one thing I still don't fully grasp, if anyone would be willing to offer a basic explanation, that would be amazing.

Monitor Resolution: Not 100% sure, I'll need to look at my monitor that I already have.

Additional Comments: One thing that I am certain I want to do is the SSD HDD paired memory system, the SSD holding my OS and the majority of my games, and the HDD acting as a memory module for everything else I have. The case I linked is the one I'd ideally use, considering the fair price and the fact that I very much like how it looks. I definitely want to overclock at some point, so preparation for that now would be ideal.

Any help at all is greatly appreciated, and thank you for any time given!
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  1. Single GPU setup for now and can add a second HD 7970 in CF if desired. Overclock as you please...

    MB - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - $205
    CPU - i5-2500k - $230
    CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 EVO - $35
    MEM - Corsair vengeance 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $50
    GPU - HIS HD 7970 - $550
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - $164
    HD - Samsung F4 2TB - $160
    OPTICAL - ASUS Black 12X BD-RW - $70 after MIR
    PSU - XFX PRO850W - $100 after MIR
    CASE - CM HAF 912 - $50 after MIR

  2. Is it $1614 after rebates? Because I'd rather not spend ~$1800 before rebates
  3. MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    CPU : I5 2500K
    RAM : Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM
    SSD : Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III
    GPU : SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB
    PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular
    DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    TOTAL : $1,547.89 without rebates.
    For 100$ more you can buy 7970 video card.
  4. Solid Build both of em
  5. Actually sosofm, that build is ideal because I've already got an OEM Windows 7 disc that I used to dualboot windows on my mac.

    But thank you both a lot for the advice!
  6. I did't know you have the OS. With 7970 you are in budget. And you will have a great gaming build.
  7. That is literally 100% what I'm looking for, thank you so much for the help!

    One question though, is the HAF preferred to the Scout? I was comparing the specs of the two and I didn't see that much of a difference, plus I like the window and LED setup on the Scout.
  8. In the HAF 912 you can fit the bigest video cards because the HDD cage from the middle can be removed. For 40$ more you can buy HAF 922 with side window and leds and better stock cooling COOLER MASTER HAF 922 blue
  9. I think I actually may go with the 922 because of the fact that I don't need an OS, plus your price didn't include MIR's, so thank you very much for linking me to that!
  10. Im glad i could help. Good luck with your build.
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