Originally Posted by gordonie
am I ready to game it out?
If this is a build primarily for gaming there are a few things I would suggest:
1) If you are set on waiting for Bulldozer wait for the 4-core, 6 and 8 core has no benefit for gamers.
1a) Don't wait for Bulldozer, from the leaks I've read I'm quite underwhelmed, plus there is still no launch date. Intel i5 2500k is a beast.
2) 16GB of RAM is overkill, thats 4x more than even BF3 recommends. Like a 6/8-core CPU a lot of it will just be sitting around doing nothing, essentially wasted money. 8GB is more than enough for gaming, and even basic multi-tasking.
For the rest of the components:
Case: I love the HAF X, that being said I don't think I could justify spending almost $200 on a case when other components can be upgraded.
Heatsink: Haven't researched the Zalman, not sure specifically which one you're looking at. Thermal grease get Tuniq TX-2.
GPU: If you're dropping $1,700 there is no reason you shouldn't be able to get a GTX 580. GPUs don't care what brand CPU you have.
MB: Nice choice if you do decide to wait around for Bulldozer, though choices may change by the time it finally launches.
SSD: OCZ is currently king of the castle for SSDs, Agility 3 or Vertex 3 is a great choice.
HD: ...I laughed, sorry. Best Western is a motel, know what you're saying though. Overpriced, grab a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB.
PSU: Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, OCZ. Only brands I suggest, cooler master may be legit, but they don't have the history the others do.
Wireless: Need to know which card specifically.