Help choosing parts for gaming pc

I am looking to build my first computer for about $1200 including the monitor. I am wondering if this is a balanced build and if it is worth the money. Here is what I am going to get:

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156062
(Is the 500W power supply enough?)

ASUS P5Q Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P45 Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131297

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017
(I plan on overclocking to at least 3.0GHz)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

HIS Hightech H487F512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161236

SAMSUNG DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
(Are coolers necessary?)

SAMSUNG ToC T220HD Rose Black 22" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001278
(Is it worth paying more for HDMI over VGA?)


I am not sure if everything will be compatible.


Thanks :)
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  1. the power supply that comes with that case is most likely Raidmax also, so its crappy. and its really not smart to go cheap on the 1 piece that can short-circuit and take everything out in ur system with it. try to get the cheaper version of the smilodon that has no PSU and get a PSU from a good company like Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, OCZ, or Seasonic. i'd recommend this one if u dont mind rebates:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005

    it'll last u for many years and u can most likely use it for ur next build.


    *edit* also, try to get the xigmatek retention bracket with that CPU cooler


    *edit 2* did u intentionally go with an LCD with a built in tv tuner? if not, then u can get one from Acer that's cheaper, brighter, and full HD (1080p-capable) but no tv tuner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009152

    or a Samsung @ same price after rebate, full HD (but again, no tv tuner) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001295
  2. Good build, but again watch out for that PSU.

    as diesel said, you can get a cheaper monitor with a better resolution if you go for one without a tv tuner, and you can always get a TV card for little money these days.
  3. Thank you for your help.
    I changed the power supply and got the retention bracket.

    PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005

    XIGMATEK ACK-I7753 Retention Bracket
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233020

    I still haven't decided on the monitor though. I want one with built in speakers and 1080p.
    What's the difference between HDMI and the other inputs like VGA and DVI?
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