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Need advice on gaming build, $1500-2000 budget

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March 23, 2012 1:46:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: I most likely won't be able to purchase it until may or june :( 

Budget Range: $1500-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, listening to music ( I want to get the best sound quality I can, I'm currently using Sennheiser hd 598's) , surfing the internet

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere's fine but I'd prefer newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No real preference right now, I'm still new to this so I don't know much about brands

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: This is what I have so far, what do you think? any improvements that can be made? is there anyway I can significantly lower the price without significantly lowering performance, if that makes sense. I'd like to get the price down to around $1500 if that's possible, is water cooling a good idea?


Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


((Which do you think would be best?

LEPA G900-MA 900W SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...))


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Logitech MK320 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (any gaming keyboard, mouse recommendations?)


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


D-Link DWA-556 PCI Express Xtreme Desktop Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (anything better?)


Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B 3 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor w/Speakers & HDMI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


(I want an ips, led monitor but from what I know these are normally pretty expensive which is why I'm confused at the price of these monitors, what do you think?)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-CROSSOVER-27Q-LED-27QLED-Hi...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-PC-Bank-3-View-PB2700-27-in...
March 23, 2012 2:08:14 AM

Get from microcenter and you'll save a bundle. The i5 is $180 and they give $50 off the mobo with an i5. The GPU is good, but if can, you can crossfire 2 6870s which will be better than the 6970 at about $400.
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