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March 20, 2014 4:15:15 PM

So I've decided to build my own gaming desktop from scratch. My goal is to be able to smoothly play a game like Skyrim on good graphics. My question is:
A. should I spend less/more on a specific part?
B. Will all the parts fit together in the case? (I've checked their compatibility already on pcpartpicker.com)

So here goes:

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor - $209

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler - $30

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Professional-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard - $132

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory - $155

Storage: Seagate Constellation ES.3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - $97

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card - $500

Case: Zalman MS800 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case - $100

Power Supply: Silverstone Strider 600W 80+ Silver Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply - $100

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March 20, 2014 4:27:13 PM

Upgraded to a Haswell i5-4670K to have the newest generation on the market, also easily overclockable, Asus Z87-A board, 8 GB (2x4 GB) instead of 16 as you do not need 16 GB of RAM for gaming, threw in a good quality SSD, good Hard Drive, cheaper but great case and a better PSU (very well built unit, built by Seasonic). And it's cheaper.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1235.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 19:27 EDT-0400)
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March 20, 2014 5:08:15 PM

Couldn't have been more helpful. Thanks!
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