First Ultra Budget/Performance Gaming Build

Hey Tom's Hardware Folks!

I am finally allowed to make a Gaming PC. But the thing is it's on a tight budget range.

Budget: ~$1000, I'm trying to get a fast machine that can be upgraded in the future and last me a while until I eventually have to upgrade the whole system to play the new games. Meaning, I want this machine to handle BF3/Metro 2033 on 60fps at 1920 x 1080 on High Settings with SLi/CrossFire.

Basically the more I save the better, I have been looking at so many deal sights to find affordable and good parts.

Uses: Gaming, Movies/Entertainment, Work/Study.

Preference: Wherever I can find good products for cheap prices. Whatever is good and cheap.

Origin: US.

Overclocking: Definitely.

SLi/CrossFire: Yes, hopefully in the future.

Build Time: ~1-2 weeks

So here's what I have so far:

CPU/MOBO COMBO: i5-2500k + BioStar Mobo (Click Link for More Details) PRICE = $268.48 (After Tax)

GPU: XFX HD 6950 1GB - $239.99

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 6GB - $59.99, not sure if today is last day

SSD: Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CT040G3K5 2.5" 40G - $99.99

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $64.99

Case: Cooler Master 912 - $59.99

PSU: 750W Corsair TX $109.99

CPU Cooler: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler - $39.99

Case Fans: 2x APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - $16


Can anyone find my cheap/used products so I can reduce the price?
Any other recommendations! Please REVIEW and help me make sure I got all the compatibility issues taken care of.


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  1. You need dual channel ram, probably 2x4GB for SB cpu.
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