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These are the parts I have been looking at.

Disc Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139020
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231416
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157265
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

only thing set in stone is the CPU everything else is subject to change so I am looking for some advice. I am not sure if I want to go with a gtx 560ti or the 570 either.
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If you plan to CFX/SLi down the line get a HD 6970.
    
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Those are some great parts, very similar to the build that I just completed. I do have a few suggestions though.

First off, what is your overall budget? Knowing this would especially help with deciding on a GPU (which also affects the choice of which PSU to get).

For $10 AR, get the modular HX650w. Trust me, I went with the TX and while non-modular is manageable, I regret not getting an HX. All the extra cabling is a mess and unless your case does an excellent job with cable management, the extra $10 would save you from a headache.

HX650w:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...012&Tpk=hx650w

A 560ti will most likely play BF3 on Med-high settings with ease. It's hard to say exactly what the BF3 requirements are at this point (the Alpha wasn't a good indicator because graphically it was clearly not finished) but the 560ti is a serious card and should be fine. 570 will give you between a 5-10% increase in performance and it's up to you whether or not the extra $100 is worth it.

As for the 570 vs. 6970, Nvidia cards usually pull ahead in resolutions below 1900x1200. Assuming you're using the same monitor in your sig, the 23 inch, I would go with Nvidia.
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Thanks for the quick responses. I am definitely set on an nvidia card for this build to many driver issues with ATI. I will be changing the power supply to the HX didn't realize it was that close in price because I much prefer modular . My budget is roughly 1100USD for the initial build. I am wondering would it be better to pick up the HX750 instead so later this year when I have some more expendable income I can SLI another 560ti? I am also looking for a new case any suggestions? I was hoping earlier this summer by the time I got around to building this thing the Corsair Carbide 500R would be out but it seems they are taking there sweet time.
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i recommend switching to this memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231461

same timings,same frequency, less voltage = more OC headroom.

EDIT: oh yeah. if you have some cash to spare why not give yourself a seasonic psu?the best brand i can recommend.
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Thanks for the quick responses. I am definitely set on an nvidia card for this build to many driver issues with ATI. I will be changing the power supply to the HX didn't realize it was that close in price because I much prefer modular . My budget is roughly 1100USD for the initial build. I am wondering would it be better to pick up the HX750 instead so later this year when I have some more expendable income I can SLI another 560ti? I am also looking for a new case any suggestions? I was hoping earlier this summer by the time I got around to building this thing the Corsair Carbide 500R would be out but it seems they are taking there sweet time.
An HX650w will easily do 560ti's in SLI and even leave some headroom for overclocking. If you plan to SLI anything higher (570,580) you are going to need at least 850w. For that reason, I wouldn't suggest a 750w PSU because that puts you in a bit of a grey area that's not very useful. The PSU is somewhere where you shouldn't skimp on so if you have the extra $50 bucks I would try to get the highest watts you can afford from a quality PSU.

For cases, you have few options. the NZXT Phantom is a very nice case but it's design appeals to certain users. Same with the HAF 932 or HAF X; both excellent cases but with looks that are not for everyone. Those three can be found for $110-$165 online. If you're trying to look for something cleaner you can check out the Corsair 600t SE which looks pretty similar to the 500R. I have one myself and love it .

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i recommend switching to this memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231461

same timings,same frequency, less voltage = more OC headroom.

EDIT: oh yeah. if you have some cash to spare why not give yourself a seasonic psu?the best brand i can recommend.
I have the same memory. If you've read reviews the lower voltages is nice but unfortunately reviews are very mixed about the set in terms of OC'ing. The general consensus seems to be that you can't push them too far anyway, so it's not exactly worth paying the extra money for low volts (any other advantages of low volt ram is pretty minimal). If you don't have even plan on OC'ing your ram no need for this set. The one you have is fine.
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post #7 of 13
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Since the SB K series is OCed by multiplier does the ram OC head room have an effect on the CPU OC? Considering the Seasonic X750 is only 10 dollars more and supposedly the best 750 out I am gonna go ahead and pick that up instead of the HX750 thanks for the recommendation.
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behold in seasonic's awesomeness...

though seasonic's new platinum series PSUs will be out soon.

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Okay so I am in between the Seasonic X650 or X750. I will be OCing the 2500k as far as I can for 24/7 use but the 560ti and eventually another 560ti will be left at stock clocks do to my massive bad luck with OCing GPUs ha (burned up a couple ). I will more then likely never SLI a 570/580 or there next gen equivalents, but I do not want to be on the edge of the PSU maximum output will the 650 leave me that room?
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If you are not likely to SLI any 570/580 type high end cards then 650 will do you fine for 560ti SLI. you will not have much headroom though. So i would go for 750.
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