First time builder... Help

I am a first time builder and I am looking for advice. My target price is about 2000 CAD. I am looking for a rig that will play any available games on Ultra setting. My primary objective is gaming. This is what I put together after reading forums, Any comments? I appreciate any feedback!

Processor (CPU) [1] Intel Core i5 2500K Quad (4 Threads) 3.3-3.7GHz - Socket 1155, 6MB Cache Boxed Processor (Sandy Bridge - 32nm) Fully Overclockable

Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V PRO Intel Core i7/i5/i3 | S1155/Intel Z68 Chipset | DDR3 1066-2200Mhz | Quad-GPU AMD CrossFireX/NVidia SLI | GB LAN | 7.1 HD Audio | RAID | 4x USB 3.0 | OC!

Memory (RAM) [1] 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance Ultra-performance DDR3 (1866MHz) Dual Channel Kit - Retail

Case / Chassis Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Gaming Tower - Black

Power Supply Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Hybrid | Modular Power Supply | 80+ Gold | Retail

CPU Cooler [1] Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Silent CPU Cooler (LGA1366/1156/775/AM3/AM2+/AM2)

Hard Drive [1] OCZ 128GB Petrol Series | 2.5" SSD | SATA III 6GB/s | Retail

Hard Drive [2] Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB (5900-7200Max RPM IntelliPower) SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB Cache - WD10EARX

CD Writer (CDR/DVDR) LG GH24NS70 Super Multi DVD Writer | 24x DVD±RW/RAM | SATA | Black

Video Card (GPU) Sapphire Radeon HD6970 880MHz Core | 2GB 5500MHz GDDR5 | PCI-E | DX11 | 2 DVI | HDMI | 2x Display Port | ATI Eyefinity | 2 DVI, 1 HDMI, 2 Mini DisplayPort | Dolby TrueHD And DTS-HD Master Audio™ - Retail

Sound Card (APU) Asus Xonar DG | 5.1 PCI Sound Card W/ Low Profile Bracket

LCD Monitor - LCD (Flat Panel) LG E2411T-BN 24" Widescreen LCD | 1920 x 1080 Max Resolution! | 5,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio! | 5ms | DVI (HDCP) | VGA | Energy Star | Wall Mountable | Black
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  1. That looks good. However, you don't really need the sound card because the Motherboard has 7.1 sound built-in. What are you looking for in terms of sound quality? I would save the money from the sound card and use it to get a quality speaker system instead.
  2. A good list of parts.

    But, if your goal is to play any game at ultra settings, you need to get a stronger graphics card.
    Look for a 7970 which is about as good as it gets today, or at least a GTX580.

    To save costs:

    Ditch the 1866 ram. Sandy bridge is insensitive to ram speeds:

    Do you really need a discrete sound card? The cpu savings these days are negligible, and onboard HD sound is very good. Try it first, you can always add a sound card later.

    A GTX580 needs only 600w. the 28nm 7970 needs only 500w.
    I would not buy coolermaster when top quality psu's cost no more.
    Stick with Seasonic, Antec, XFX, PC P&C, or Corsair.
  3. If you are not going to crossfire you wont need 850W psu.. 750w will be more that enough to run that card.. Just one thing don't buy that cooler master psu.. Go for a brand like corsair, seasonic, antec..
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