$1200 Gaming/Number Crunching Computer

Hi all. First time on site. First time building. Basically followed the user reviews in choosing parts. Any comments are welcome.

Approximate Purchase Date: (Next week)
Budget Range: (~$1200)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming, Running Physics Simulations, Watching movies/shows, Shamelessly Leaving Everything Open)
Parts Not Required: (Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com Don't have much experience buying computer parts from anywhere else)
Country of Origin: (U.S.)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Used to working with Intel and Geforce but I'm open to suggestions)
Overclocking: Yes. Nothing hardcore though
SLI or Crossfire: No.
Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)
Additional Comments: (Will be running VMs and will use as server when I'm not home. Wish to futureproof as much as possible.)

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Socket 1155 looks like the way to go, and the UD4 seems solid for OC.

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Seems pretty standard to go for the 2500 or 2600.

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Don't want to shell out big bucks for the 500 series. 460 seems fine performance-wise. Any advantage to going ATI?

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Will eventually want more RAM; 4GB on my laptop is not nearly enough when I'm running a program. I figure I'll upgrade when RAM gets cheaper.

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Had a hard time picking a case... So many out there and the differences are so slim.

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
No SLI or anything, so I figure 650W is more than enough overhead.

HD (Apps): Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Will use for programs. I have a 1TB external for shows/movies.

HD (OS): Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Will use for booting into Win7. Maybe also partition a part for a VM for Ubuntu.

CPU Fan: 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
Seemed like a nice replacement fan. From what I read in reviews, I have 1/4 inch of space in the case... ~6.5 inches for heat sink from case and fan is ~6 3/8 inches. Cutting it too close? Stock fan good enough?

Optical Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Fan Control: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller
Maybe too flashy but I like the idea of controlling the fans >_>

Thanks in advance for your help.
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  1. Well it looks, OK. Though I don't know that you couldn't fit parts in for a budget like that.

    Check out my build guide for 1200, it'll defiantly give you way more bang for the buck.
  2. Thanks for your reply. I looked at your specs and realized that the 560 Ti is pretty cheap. Also made me realize my 460 was overpriced. I think I will go with a cheaper 460 and overclocking it when required.
  3. At your res, the 460 isn't exactly recommended. It can be used, but isn't the best card for 1080P, if you have the money, I suggest just going with the build I suggested, it'll give you way more power (PSU) easier cable management and a better card. Though if you think you don't need I suppose it's whatever. I do recommend getting a better card though.
  4. One you jump to the pricerange of most 560Ti models ($220-$250), most would be advised to also look at the 6950 as well....
  5. mdd1963 said:
    One you jump to the pricerange of most 560Ti models ($220-$250), most would be advised to also look at the 6950 as well....

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