Mid-High end gaming PC

Before I begin I would like to thank you for helping me and I would also like to apologize for any mistakes I have made in this post.

Approximate Purchase Date: 12/20/2012

Budget Range: < $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard

Do you need to buy OS: Using Windows 8

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Lynnwood, Washington(the state) US

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia (could change, not absolute)

Overclocking: Yes/Not Much

SLI or Crossfire: No/Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, Could change

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Building my first game dedicated computer, Laptop isn't cutting it anymore :/

Additional Comments:
Specific games: Rift, Starcraft, Planetside

I plan on having both a SSD and HDD

The main reason I am creating this is to see if all of the parts that I have picked out will work together, also if there are any parts you feel would work better or perform the same thing for a cheaper price. When I picked out these parts I tried to choose "The best" without choosing things that were 2x the price of the previous upgrade.

The setup:

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
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CPU Cooler:
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
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ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9
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Please leave me any comments/suggestions you have and thank you for reading through all of this. :love:
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    Initial impressions, youv sunk a bit too much moeny into what doesnt matter, to the detriment of the GPU. Going with cheaper components will be the better option here.

    Downgrade the PSU to 750W (or 650W if Crossfire/SLI is not a concern).
    Seagate have a much cheaper HDD on offer.
    Halve the RAM and make it 1600Mhz, you dont need that much and the speed increase isnt worth the cost.
    Go for the Samsung 830 instead, better drive thats a bit cheaper (if it comes back in stock).
    Drop the watercooler for something like a 212 EVO, unless your going to be overclocking quite hard you dont need that good cooling.

    The case I wont criticize otherwise I would be a hypocrite and its a good idea if you want to future proof the rig. Can hold just about anything.

    The CPU and Mobo can be altered a bit as well, as currently you have a Sandy Bridge setup. Swap to an Ivy Bridge i5-3570k(better performance and lower power draw).
    And a Z77 board and your set. Also theres no reason for the high end ASUS boards, very expensive for what they offer. This board has all the same features for a much lower cost.

    With the money saved, get something along the lines of a HD7970Ghz, that will result in a much better gaming experience than that 660.
  2. Thanks I'll begin going through all of this, Now that I look at it I did really hold back on the GPU :/ Thanks for all your input :D
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