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everything from new egg except watercooling kit i think i will get it from frozenpc.

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel
SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 (anything much better im okay with spending a little more on a gpu)
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA (still debating)
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 (verse hx series for 50+ dollars?)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM (also going to get a small ssd for startup)
microsoft sidwinder x4
logitech g500
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6
Xspc rx240 WC kit (plan on modding case to mount in front, not sure where i will mount the hdd but i wanna use sugru to do it i think that should work.)

any suggestions will be much appreciatied.
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SSD for operating system and larger power supply if planning to crossfire. Good luck
    
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If you're planning on a SSD, get a crucial M4 or Samsung 800 series, they're both fast and reliable. 64 GB or 128 GB depending on what you want to put on it (games, etc).

750 W is already plenty of wattage for crossfire, not sure why you would want even more. If you aren't planning on CFX, a 500 W unit would be better. (Peak efficiency is around 50% of what it's rated for, so it's cheaper in electricity cost to run 250 W on a 500 W unit than on a 750 W unit)

Corsair vengence is overpriced, you're paying for the look. If you want to save cash, get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820576011 or for $2 get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 if you really want to have heat spreaders.
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Ya that PSU is an overkill.
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Definitely go with a cheaper PSU. That PSU will be more than sufficient if you want to crossfire later on.
    
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I would prob go with a z68 board with that processor. If you wanted to stay with asrock you could grab ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
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stick with the current psu if u couild afford it. I prefer having a PSU thats overkill so youre always using a smaller load than it can handle, therefore you tend to get a longer life span out of it.

The 6950 GPU is kinda in a class of its own ( i cant think of any similarly priced cards with better performance.) Although i would always be willing to spend that extra bit of cash for a graphics card as i dont upgrade very often. Ive always been a Nvidia fan boy so check prices on the GTX570, although it will be that little bit more costly it will be worth it. Either way everything you mentioned seems Ace:)
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stick with the current psu if u couild afford it. I prefer having a PSU thats overkill so youre always using a smaller load than it can handle, therefore you tend to get a longer life span out of it.

The 6950 GPU is kinda in a class of its own ( i cant think of any similarly priced cards with better performance.) Although i would always be willing to spend that extra bit of cash for a graphics card as i dont upgrade very often. Ive always been a Nvidia fan boy so check prices on the GTX570, although it will be that little bit more costly it will be worth it. Either way everything you mentioned seems Ace:)

That part about PSUs isn't good advice... look at this graph, http://www.anandtech.com/show/2624/3
If you're running too little power, you're going to be inefficient and it will cost you more than if you had a lower wattage power supply. So there's no sense in getting wattage you don't need, it will cause you to have higher electrical bills. You're not going to get much more life out of a PSU by running it at low load, if any extra life at all. You'll be ready to replace it with something new/better before it will even matter.

The GTX560-TI is priced pretty similarly to the 6950. They're both around the $200-250 mark, depending on MIR and cooling solution. I wouldn't say a 570 is 'worth it' over a 560-ti or 6950, at the price of a 570, you're really losing the 'bang-for-buck', it's a fair bit more money for not too much more FPS (though the difference may be greater for folding/mining/whatever else).
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That part about PSUs isn't good advice... look at this graph, http://www.anandtech.com/show/2624/3
If you're running too little power, you're going to be inefficient and it will cost you more than if you had a lower wattage power supply. So there's no sense in getting wattage you don't need, it will cause you to have higher electrical bills. You're not going to get much more life out of a PSU by running it at low load, if any extra life at all. You'll be ready to replace it with something new/better before it will even matter.
The GTX560-TI is priced pretty similarly to the 6950. They're both around the $200-250 mark, depending on MIR and cooling solution. I wouldn't say a 570 is 'worth it' over a 560-ti or 6950, at the price of a 570, you're really losing the 'bang-for-buck', it's a fair bit more money for not too much more FPS (though the difference may be greater for folding/mining/whatever else).

Well put. Ive never seen that graph before. Thinking logically i would have always thought the efficientcy would slowly decrease the higher the load was. Seeing that i would agree with what everyone is saying about getting a smaller PSU, that is if you dont plan to sli or cf. That brings me to the GPU perspective. I know the 560ti, 6850, and 6950 are all great bang for buck cards. I live in South Africa so our prices vary entirely from the US. Here the 6950's price falls pretty solid between the gtx560ti and gtx570. I dont sli or ever plan to, so when im in the market for a new graphics card, i try buy something alittle more future proof, even if its not as great value for money. I think for me its cheaper in the long run, as i dont have the bucks to upgrade very frequently, but thats my theory. Gtx560ti is the best bang for buck Nvidia card atm, and altho i wouldnt go for it, take a look at 2 x 6850 cf.
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Thank you all so much for the advice

what about the seasonic X650 gold for a PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

and for motherboard
why the z68 extreme3 and not the extreme4 or is there a better brand z68 that i should look into

im okay with spending some more on the graphics card but only for some relatively significant gain.
i am looking to play 1080 on bf3 skyrium and some upcoming games
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