Revising build

Hi all,
I compiled this list of components for a computer I wanted to build about 1 year ago, I did not get a chance to build it. Now I have the time and money to build it and I wanted to update this list. Could anybody tell me what I should upgrade?

My Requirements:

Purchase date: next few months

Budget: $3,000

Usage: Gaming

Monitor: Yes

OS: Yes, I do not want Windows 8

Website: Newegg

Preferences: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe, I would not overclock immediately

SLI: Yes

Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want something that I can easily add to later and upgrade. I also want 3d if it would not cost too much extra. And yes, I know that a few of these parts have been discontinued. This would be my first build.

Case: Haf X RC-942-KKN1

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

GPU: EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) x2 yes I know that the 600’s are out, which one should I get one 690 or two 680’s

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

PSU: ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ ERV1020EWT 1020W (Peak 1120W) ATX12V / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Drive: SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B – OEM

Monitor: I have no clue about what monitor I want, does anybody have any suggestions
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  1. Ok, first off don't get a 2500k or Z68 motherboard. Get a 3570k and Z77 motherboard. Over 1000w is way overkill for a psu, get a corsair 750W and it will handle any cards you want in Sli. yes, i would get a gtx 680 if it is in your budget..
  2. Case:Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)

    Power Supply:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)

    Motherboard:ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS ($134.99 @ Newegg)

    CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ($229.99 @ Newegg)

    CPU Cooler:CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CW-9060007-WW) Water Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)

    Memory:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9 ($49.99 @ Newegg)

    Video Card:ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)

    SSD:Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F240GBGS-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)($209.99 @ Newegg)

    Storage:Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive($84.99 @ Newegg)

    Optical Drive:ASUS Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-14D1XT ($99.99 @ Newegg)

    Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($99.99 @ Newegg)

    Keyboard:Corsair Vengeance K60 Black/Metal USB Wired Gaming Performance, FPS Mechanical Keyboard($94.99 @ Newegg)

    Mouse:Corsair Vengeance M65 Black 8 Buttons USB Wired Laser 8200 dpi Gaming Mouse ($69.99 @ Newegg)

    Monitor:ASUS MX239H Silver / Black 23" 5ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor, IPS Panel 250 cd/m2 80,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers($229.99 @ Newegg)


    Quite a bit under budget, but about the best price/performance you can get! it's really not worth spending that much on a computer system, even this build will play everything on high settings! Check out the GPU hierarchy chart here on toms, the GTX 660TI is on the same level as the GTX 580!! Once you get to the very high end, you always see diminishing returns on your money, the 660 Ti offers 90% the performance of the 670, for 75% of the price! You're much better off getting a solid mid-level system and then upgrading in a year! Within a few months, Intels Haswell will be out, on another new socket, so there will be no further CPU upgrades for the LGA 1155 platform. This build supports SLI, so it's about as "future-proof" as you can get right now! i would try a single 660Ti at first, and if you decide you really need more performance, then get another for SLI! But I wouldn't drop 3 grand on a system, when it will be outdated in a year anyway! You're better off spending less and ugrading more often!
  3. If i had 3000 dollars to build i rig i would do this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($296.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6/TB4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($182.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($80.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($204.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($463.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($463.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($170.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($226.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: AOC e2351F 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($137.59 @ TigerDirect)
    Monitor: AOC e2351F 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($137.59 @ TigerDirect)
    Monitor: AOC e2351F 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($137.59 @ TigerDirect)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Keyboard: Logitech K270 Wireless Standard Keyboard ($36.97 @ Newegg)
    Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2948.67
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 14:59 EST-0500)
  4. for hdd - wd black not green
    for gpu - gtx 670 is more worth it
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