Is this a good build for a $1200-$1400 PC? Help

Hey dudes, first time on Tom's Hardware, but I saw via Google that many PC builds get scrutinized and reviewed on this site, so I decided to give it a go as I also have inquiries on building a gaming rig for myself. So here goes.

INFO:

Approximate Purchase Date: April-May (I know it's far, but hopefully these parts won't be obsolete by then?)

Budget Range: I'm fine with anything, but $1200-$1400 (maybe even $1500)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing/Rendering, 3D Rendering, Surfing, etc.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard (Although you can suggest one too, this keyboard's getting old)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, microcenter.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Fine with either NVIDIA or AMD for GPUs, prefer Intel for processors, rest is up to you guys.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually, but initially, no.

Monitor Resolution: 1600:900

Additional Comments: Quiet, fast preferred, but again, I'm looking for performance. I want to keep this PC for years, with occasional upgrades.


What I'm looking at:


CPU: I'm looking at either an Intel i5 2500k 3.3gHz or i7 2600k, because I hear hyperthreading is mega-useful for rendering and stuff.
2500k ($229.99 @ Micro Center):http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
2600k ($279.99 @ Micro Center):http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354587

Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806

Memory: My friend told me not to get RAM with fins, do you guys recommend this as well?
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR ($42.99 @ Newegg):http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($169.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

SSD: Should I go 64gb, or 128gb? I'm looking at 128gb atm. Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($159.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Video Card: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ($299.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 ($99.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Power Supply: ModXStream Pro 700W Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Micro Center): http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0301550

Optical Drive: Don't really know about these, suggest one! :)

TOTAL PRICE: i7 2600k: $1332.22 & i5 2500k: $1282.92

Thanks in advance!!

Other: I do need a new mouse, and sound system, so please feel free to suggest one for those as well!
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  2. chrismanggg said:
    Hey dudes, first time on Tom's Hardware, but I saw via Google that many PC builds get scrutinized and reviewed on this site, so I decided to give it a go as I also have inquiries on building a gaming rig for myself. So here goes.

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    Approximate Purchase Date: April-May (I know it's far, but hopefully these parts won't be obsolete by then?)


    Yes they will be obsolete by then. Ivy Bridge is due out sometime in mid April - early May along with the Nvidia Kepler PCI-E 3.0 cards. AMD's PCI-E 3.0 cards just came out on the market a few weeks ago. Ivy Bridge + Gen 3 motherboard + PCI-E 3.0

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <------ Here's a quick and brief explanation of it with pics.
  3. Why_Me said:
    Yes they will be obsolete by then. Ivy Bridge is due out sometime in mid April - early May along with the Nvidia Kepler PCI-E 3.0 cards. AMD's PCI-E 3.0 cards just came out on the market a few weeks ago. Ivy Bridge + Gen 3 motherboard + PCI-E 3.0

    http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/overview.html <------ Here's a quick and brief explanation of it with pics.


    Alright thanks for the heads up, looks like I'm waiting until April to repost
  4. Sounds like you will be doing a lot of video editing (I gather from your OP), I would opt for the 2600k and also think about getting 16GB of RAM. Also get a quality PSU, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX are all good brands.

    As Why_me said, Intels new chips are supposed to be out in April so I would continue to do some research until then.

    Any chance you live near a microcenter? They offer a bunch of great deals but they are in-store only.
  5. Lokster1 said:
    Sounds like you will be doing a lot of video editing (I gather from your OP), I would opt for the 2600k and also think about getting 16GB of RAM. Also get a quality PSU, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX are all good brands.

    As Why_me said, Intels new chips are supposed to be out in April so I would continue to do some research until then.

    Any chance you live near a microcenter? They offer a bunch of great deals but they are in-store only.


    I do actually! There's one pretty close by. Thanks for the tip though
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