First build (gaming); <$1500 USD

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of the month (for rebates)

Budget Range: 1000-1500 USD before rebates (including peripherals)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching HD video, general internet usage, photo editing

Parts Not Required: Everything needed

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon.

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD video card

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need suggestions on motherboards (the one I wanted is sold out). Peripherals I will buy when I find a good deal on LogicBuy (I'll continue using my 5 year old Dell keyboard/mouse/monitor for now, haha). Also, do I need to buy thermal paste and an anti-static wrist strap?

Parts:

Intel Core i5-2500K $224.99

XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB $289.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 $54.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W $89.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 $99.98

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM $64.99

ASUS Black DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $18.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $34.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM $99.99

Total (so far): $978.90
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  1. Let me guess, ASRock P67 Extreme4? The other top recommendation is the Asus P8P67 Pro, which is sold out on Newegg as well, but available (at slightly higher price) at Amazon. I went with the ASRock P67 Pro3, but it only has 1 PCI x 16 so you wont be able to crossfire.
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