Budget Range: $600-$700 (Already have some parts procured.)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media, Browsing
Parts Not Required: Motherboard, Processor, HDD, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy.
Parts Preferences: None, been following reviews for the most part.
SLI or Crossfire: No.
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Additional Comments: Trying to make it relatively quiet, but mainly I just want something that can tank today's games and still be good for future proofing a bit. Will probably be adding another monitor later on, once I can allocate the funds for that.
Build looks solid enough. Personally, since this seems to be a gaming only machine with some media and browsing, you didn't need the hyperthreading on the 2700k, so the 2500k would have given you the same performance.
The PSU is also overkill. A good 650w would be more than fine for your needs.
While on the topic, I was looking at a few of the SSDs. It seems crucial is getting the best reviews , but I even see minute differences in price between 64GB SSDs. Why is that?
And the Graphics card is always the biggest thing to stump me. I heard that the 6950 toxic can equal the 6970 with a change in BIOS, thus making it a fantastic bang for your buck. Does anyone else have any other suggestions?
I would do that, only I've heard that with the toxic card, you can set the BIOS as a 6970, which would be faster for the same price. That is my only big hang up. I have a working knowledge of most of what I'm dealing with, but I'm terribly indecisive.