First Gaming Build; Any suggestions greatly appreciated

Approximate Purchase Date: within one month

Budget Range: 1000-1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies (for games, mainly FPS like Battlefield, Crysis 2, some RTS like Star Craft 2, Shogun 2)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel 2500K, Asus P8P67 Deluxe, Cooler Master HAF932 or HAF X, OCZ SSD, Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB HDD, Gskills RAM, Reliable name brand 80 plus PSU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Not at the moment but maybe in one or two years)

Monitor Resolution:1920X1080

Additional Comments: I would like to keep the price range around 1000-1500 but of course less is better. Price is not including monitor, mouse, OS, keyboard, speakers, etc. I am willing to spend extra money for better quality parts, within reason but if there are any parts I selected which may be excessive please let me know. I plan on having both an SSD for OS and main apps and HDD for other. debating whether SSD + 7200RPM WD Caviar black is better than having just a WD Velociraptor 10,000rpm HDD as I hear the speed is comparable to SSD; also please let me know if I picked a good mobo for oc'ing and if ram choice is okay as well as power supply. I am thinking I may be overbuying on my psu, but I figured at least 850 W is good if I might SLI in the future. also HAF 932 v HAF X? 560ti v 570. It seems most p8p67 mobo are sold out right now so I may have to wait one or two weeks before I can buy.


COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior
Model #:RC-932-KKN5-GP
Item #:N82E16811119160

$159.98 $159.98

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Model #:01G-P3-1561-AR
Item #:N82E16814130604

$249.99 $249.99

CORSAIR Professional Series AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:CMPSU-850AX
Item #:N82E16817139015
$199.99 -$17.00 Instant $182.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Model #:BX80623I52500K
Item #:N82E16819115072

$224.99 $224.99

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G
Item #:N82E16820227550
$159.99 -$40.00 Instant $119.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Model #:F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Item #:N82E16820231314

$99.99 $99.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Model #:WD1002FAEX
Item #:N82E16822136533
$89.99 $89.99

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04

Model #:iHDS118-04
Item #:N82E16827106276

$17.99 $17.99

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Model #:NH-D14
Item #:N82E16835608018

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


Total Price: $1,475.89
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  1. Hello charlz108;

    Everything looks compatible - but it's very hard to read that format you're using.

    Since you don't want to SLI any time soon maybe moving up into the GTX 570 now might work better for you.
    You can do that without a major change in your overall budget with a few adjustments.

    HAF 922 case instead of HAF 932
    ASUS P8P67 Pro instead of Deluxe
    XFX Black Edition 750W PSU instead of Corsair AX 850.
    WD Caviar Blue 1TB 72k 32MB Cache HDD instead of WD Caviar Black.
  2. I don't see a CPU cooler in your list of parts.
    You can get a combo deal on Core i5 2500K and CM Hyper 212+ CPU cooler. Decent cooling for a bargain price.
    I told you that format is hard to read.

    Your cooler choice is out of stock. Thermaltake Frio OCR - nearly as good at cooling and $40 less

    Your RAM has a $25 off w/ promo code EMCKGGJ23, ends 4/6. It also looks like several prices have changed - which is normal when you're shopping more than a few days in advance of purchase.

    Your $18 DVD ROM has a $7 shipping charge. See if you a can find a DVD BURNER with free shipping.
  3. Your SSD choice is one area it would be good to upgrade.
    Avoicd the 'E' model OCZ SSDs. OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G

    Corsair Performance 3 64GB SATA III SSD $175
    or Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 60GB SATA II SSD $135
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