So Im building a gaming desktop... Am I doing anything wrong?!

dumbfounded425

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Hello,
Im building a desktop and picked out some part, can someone tell if me im doing it right and if there could be any problems with it?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231464
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992005
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42176&vpn=R4-L2R-20AC-GP&manufacture=COOLERMASTER
I already have speakers, keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Any suggestions and is this a good build for the price?
ITEMS LIST: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
 

dumbfounded425

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Would this be better? :??:
 

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The first thing that strikes me as wrong is triple channel memory kit. Your build is dual channel which means that you want two or four modules memory kit.

Second: if you plan to overclock, get an aftermarket cpu cooler.
 

twelve25

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Much! thanks.

Aside from the memory advice, I think your CPU is a bit underspec for such a high end video card. It will work fine, but if you want to get the most out of that card, I'd run an FX-6300 at minimum and ideally an i5.

Do you have a set budget?

 

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dumbfounded425

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Ehhh, around 1k
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($45.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($376.48 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech G510 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cyborg R.A.T. 3 Wired Optical Mouse ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Other: APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Cooling Fan ($8.99)
Other: APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Cooling Fan ($8.99)
Total: $1038.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 04:13 EST-0500)
Is what I changed some of it to
 

twelve25

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I think the motherboard is good, but you are still using a 3 year old CPU.

You are paying about $80 more than I would for a 7950, many 7970 are that price! I'd find a better deal on a 7950 (or GTX670) and then upgrade CPU.

I Put together a $1000 build yesterday with an i5-3470, a GTX670 and an SSD, so I think I'd probably be leaning there with your budget. The new AMD chips are good, but the i5's always win by a good margin in gaming benchmarks.

 

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($45.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Apevia 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Logitech g510 Keyboard ($67.99)
Other: LOGISYS Computer MDLED1BL Blue Laser LED ($5.99)
Other: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition ($17.99)
Total: $1070.83 I changed it a little bit, hows this?
 

dumbfounded425

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I changed power supply again to a corsair, but do you think ill be able to overclock?