Looking for opinions and help on a first build

While I'm certainly no newbie when it comes to computers, I'm not an expert yet.
So, I am in the planning stages of building my first PC. It will be used for general PC stuff, as well as gaming (when I have free time). I would be happy with something that is fast, can keep up with my multitasking, and can run games smoothly. I'm upgrading everything including peripherals, and trying to keep it at a reasonable price. Right now I'm at just over $1800AUD, and I'm okay with that.

I come to you today looking for opinions, tips, suggestions, and advice. I need to know if it sounds like a good setup, if it's all compatible, and of course if it will all fit in the case. I have no one else to ask so you're up!
You might see a theme, I'm sort of going for an AMD / ASUS setup.

Mobo: ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z 990FX AM3


RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD8GX3M2A1866C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

GPU: Radeon HD7950 (to be determined)

PSU: CoolerMaster Silent Pro M2 720W

Case: Cooler Master 690 II Advanced with Window

SSD for OS (Windows 7): Kingston V300 60GB

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2002FAEX

CPU Cooling: CoolerMaster Seidon 120M Liquid Cooling Solution

Thank you for all that read and perhaps reply.
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  1. Hmm scanning your choices : your config looks a tad cpu/mobo heavy and gpu lite for a 1080p gaming rig? In your shoes i would drop to a 970 rather than blowing it on a top end 990FX board allowing me to spring for a HD 7950 Boost if possible? Toms pick it best in the USD $300 category
  2. OK
    first of all .... STAY AWAAAAY from anything GREEN in HDDs, you will get urggggghhhh angry with the performance.... you need a fast HDD for games because SSD doesn't have enough space , get caviar blue (balanced ) or better get the black( extra fast ) .
    second thing:-
    get more powerful GPU, 7770 is good but it won't get you much high performance gaming equal to the 8-core CPU would give you, i recommend that you get 7850 or better gtx 670 if you like Nvidia

    you can get a quality MOBO w/ less price than the crosshair
    ( M5A99X or M5A97 ATX ) and you'll still have good performance

    Hope that helps
  3. batuchka, yasserBasha, you two are amazing, thank you very much for your input!

    I'm thinking of putting in the extra money to now get a Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB WD2002FAEX instead of the Green (I would have indeed been frustrated at the slower speed of the Green) and a 7950 instead of 7770. The 7950 is about double the price of the 7770, is the performance worth it?
    I just need to decide on which one to get;
    Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB with Boost http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&pid=1878&psn=&lid=1&leg=0
    Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB OC Edition V3 http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&lid=1&pid=1450&leg=0#
    I'm looking at the specs, and it seems they both differ with what they offer? Is that correct, or just poor advertising on their behalf?
    Still thinking on the Mobo, I'll review after deciding on the GPU.
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