~$1400 System: Questions on CPU bottlenecking and compatibility

Hey everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone would be willing to look over this build and give me any suggestions they had. My budget is around $1300-$1400, and I plan on buying my components through Newegg, except for the GPU which I bought from a friend. Here is the system:

Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Processor ($190)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard ($125)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&Tpk=asrock%20z68%20extreme3%20gen3

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler ($30)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

G.Skill Ripjaws 16gb DDR3 1600 RAM ($90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315

ATI Radeon HD 5970 GPU ($300)

WD Caviar Blue 500gb HD ($85)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

ASUS 24x CD/DVD Burner ($25)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Silverstone 750w PSU ($125)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256059

Corsair 550d Mid-Tower Case ($140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139012&Tpk=corsair%20550d

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit ($100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986


I didn't included the peripherals and other small things, like a PCI wireless card. I plan on buying these components in the next few months. I do know about the Ivy Bridge release in April, but it looks like most of the advantages will be in power consumption, heat and integrated graphics and not gaming performance. First of all, are there any problems with this system? I've done a fair bit of research and I am fairly sure these parts will all work together, but I may be wrong. Also, will this CPU bottleneck the HD 5970? I know it's a massively powerful card, and it was a little above what I needed but the deal was too good to pass up. Finally, next year I anticipate being in a climate with average temperatures in the 60s-70s with 50-75% humidity. Will this be a problem for high performance computers? I intend to use this desktop as a gaming system, primary computer, media center and TV (I know I need a tuner). Thank you!
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  1. The 5970 is considerably faster than the 6970. Google comparisions. Stick with the 5970. Otherwise good.
  2. adgjlsfhk said:
    I would drop down to Kingston HyperX 8 gigs ($29).
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360526
    Get an Hd 6970 ($359)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161382
    Also your case is incredibly over priced get the Rosewill Chalenger ($59)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060
    Last piece of advice, I5-2500k ($179)
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589


    I +1 this and would agree with Obsama in that the 5870 will outperform the 6870, however being an older card would be harder to get another later if you plan on crossfiring. In that case I would suggest the 6870 over the 5870 for the future.

    Personally I agree with the OP case being overpriced, however I would go with

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_sp=Cat_Computer_Cases-_-Spotlight-_-11-129-066

    over the Rosewill case.

    my two cents ^_^ goodluck with your Build
  3. Yeah, get a $50-$60 case. +1 for the RW Challenger. The $100 can get an i7, or better gpu.
  4. If I were you I would spend the money on a better gpu. Otherwise you could just decide to save a little for your next $1000 upgrade.
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