Originally Posted by cuad
If he says the ASrock is ok, please consider it too then. I don't remember the details but aren't ASrock and ASUS related? Anyway, everything else I agree w/ except for the ssd. Don't get one.
I completely disagree with the recommendations you have given him.
Firstly a Noctua NHD14s are amazing silent coolers compared to the frio. At that price I'd get megalhems. Secondly, he can afford a good gpu setup I say why not, he will eventually expand beyond one screen, crossfire 6950s are great for that. Third, case is a personal choice, HAF x and HAF 932s are pathetic excuses for cases. That particular case on the other hand is quite nice as evidenced by the multitudes of members that own them, just as the HAF but their more compact and less of an ugly eyesore than the HAF.
I told him to purchase the 750w and the xfx is actually a wonderful psu.
He will overclock and it's good to have a good cooler. You have a good chip you can't compare to others with bad chips. I bought a performa for my 860 Zalman cnps10x performa and it barely got me to 3.8. That heatsinks is capable of 4.0ghz easy on the 860. Frio is nothing great, megalehms are better IMO. But NH D14 is premiere next to the TRUE and cogage. It's worth air cooling right, if your gonna do it do it right.
Sorry to completely bash on you, I apologize ahead of time, but you can see why. I edited large parts of his build going for the best. I even suggested he purchase the u2311h as a good starting monitor.
Also there isn't much proof as far as ibe seen for wireless mice to degrade performance
As you can see there, 6950s are powerful together and a 750 can handle them. Single card IS NOT always better, dual card solutions are quite nice, otherwise sli and crossfire would be a mere gimmick rather than an industry standard. Microstutter and driver problems are GROSSLY OVEREXAGGERATED.