~$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)

Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard ($125)

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler ($30)

G.Skill Ripjaws 16gb DDR3 1600 RAM ($90)

ATI Radeon HD 5970 GPU ($300)

WD Caviar Blue 500gb HD ($85)

ASUS 24x CD/DVD Burner ($25)

Silverstone 750w PSU ($125)

Corsair 550d Mid-Tower Case ($140)

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit ($100)

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).
    Get an Hd 6970 ($359)
    Also your case is incredibly over priced get the Rosewill Chalenger ($59)
    Last piece of advice, I5-2500k ($179)

    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


    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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