Sandy Bridge build... Missing anything?

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pacioli

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I think I have my build down. Am I missing something?

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP!

Budget Range: US $900-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS(Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit), Case (HAF932), CPU Cooler (Corsair H70), SSD (Crucial RealSSD C300 64Gb).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: EVGA/Nvidia GPU, Corsair PSU

Overclocking: Yes, just for fun

SLI or Crossfire: In the future yes but not right now.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I have an SSD for boot drive and - I want dual 1TB HDD in Raid 1 for storage.
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Here is What I have so far...

$395 CPU/MOBO Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
- i5 2500K Sandy Bridge
- ASUS P8P67 Pro
- Free Civ 5!
$270 GPU
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7191453&CatId=3585
- EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked
$105 RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144
- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 1.5v
$170 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
- Cosair 850HX
$120 HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
- 2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb
$18 DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136178
- LG DVD Burner w/ Lightscribe

TOTAL = $1078
 

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The one thing I might think about doing differently is instead of getting the 2 HDDs, get 1 of them, and then a second c300 64gb. It would cost you an extra $75, and you could put them in RAID0.

The reason is because unless you are going to fill up that 1TB fast, you can always sit and wait on more capacity. I would be worried about filling up that 64GB with OS and programs much faster than the 1TB with data....

Just my opinion, and I'm probably wrong.
 

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I only plan on putting the OS on the SSD. I may put a couple of games on the SSD. The rest of my programs will run from on the RAID 1 array. I want this set up for data duplication to prevent losing my files in case of a crash.
BTW I picked up that SSD as a Newegg Shellshocker for $99 w/ free shipping. It was quite a steal.
 
I'd skip the Vengeance as the tall heat spreaders don't do more than "look cool" and will interfere w/ most aftermarket CPU coolers which are needed for serious overclocking. I know ya got the H70 but I worry that if ya wanna squeeze more outta ya CPU, you'll be changing that to one of the better air coolers for more performance.

If ya happy w/ CAS 9 Id recommend these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324

If ya want CAS 7, ya could invest another $45 for these but that's better suited for a $2k build....the CAS 7's are just coming out so will hold a price premium for a few weeks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226178

The HX850 is a great PSU but the XFX Black Edition is easily its match (both get same 10.0 performance rating on jonnyguru.com) and is $50 cheaper.

With the money saved above, I'd recommend a combo Blue Ray player / DVD writer with prices being what they are today
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136183
 

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Thanks for the advice! I'm not going to be doing much overclocking... just enough so I can chuckle at the people that paid $105 more for the 2600k for an extra 100mhz performance boost (Yeah, I have no use for hyperthreading). And, like you said the H70 will fit nicely with those massive heat spreaders. I got the H70 for the rediculous price of free after an item I had purchased and resold to a client at the local electronics store dropped in price $100 and I got a $100 store credit. I knew I was going to be building a PC for myself soon and they didn't have any other upgrade I was interested in (poor selection) so I ended up with the H70. I had planned on putting a Noctua or Scythe Mugen 2 as the cooler before that.

Appparently I'm a Corsair PSU fanboi... so the $50 is my punishment for being a fanboi. :/
 
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