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My $1300 Gaming PC - Critique, please

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April 9, 2011 1:54:43 AM

Hey all, this is my first post here, and I'd like to share my 2nd PC I'll be building... My first was a wonderful success and made me very happy when I first started it up. Unfortunately it was savagely murdered by the iconoclasts at UPS... all that is left is my 22' 16:10 monitor and an old gaming mouse that I just can't part with.

My intentions with this system are: Gaming! I have this laptop for other PC uses. I need to be able to up the settings on Shogun 2 and Dragon Age 2. Once they are available, I plan to play the following titles: Battlefield 3, Diablo 3, and TES5: Skyrim.

The ideal concept here is to allow room for growth later on in terms of overclocking and perhaps replacing equipment if necessary at a later date. I want a solid long-term $/performance ratio... or at least as much as I can get. I don't mind upping the cost if it is a justified expense.

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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$20.99
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COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811119196
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$99.99
$79.99
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SAPPHIRE 100312-1GSR Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 100312-1GSR Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #:N82E16814102921
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$244.99
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CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817139005
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$119.99
$89.99
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i-Rocks KR-6820E-WH White 104 Key USB Wired Backlit Gaming Keyboard (Blue LED)

i-Rocks KR-6820E-WH White 104 Key USB Wired Backlit Gaming Keyboard (Blue LED)
Item #:N82E16823204028
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$8.00 Instant
$34.99
$26.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231445
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$124.99
$119.99
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ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131705
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$164.99
$154.99

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

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$224.99
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Item #:N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$99.99
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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$34.99

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820227551
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$60.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$269.99
$209.99

Grand Total: $1,307.89

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