First time builder, Gaming PC around $800

Approximate Purchase Date: Sooner the better

Budget Range: $800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Some Photoshop

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel

Overclocking: In the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Here's what I have so far. searching for comments/advice:

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

XFX HD-695X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD3-1600-X8

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

Right now its $795 after rebates. This is my first time building a PC so any advice would be welcome.
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  1. i5 + MSI P67A-G43

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    CASE - WIth stock fans, IMO this is a good option
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    SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB

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    Total - ~$700 After rebates and coupon,...
  2. the above build is good, but at his res, do you need to 2 gb 6950? i think 1gb will suffice or... how about gtx 560ti?
  3. ^ At higher resolutions, when you turn on AA, more the vRAM, the better,... Also the price difference is very less, which IMO is worth it,...

    GTX 560 Ti is no doubt good, it would perform similar to the 6950 1GB, but sometimes slower,...
  4. here's a benchie that says the 560ti is faster, i know this is only a few games but if it can keep up, throw in physics for eyecandy and for me thats a win
  5. oh and BTW i know that the actual stats are not as good, but it probably means the GTX 560ti has better drivers or something IDK. but it does use 30 less watts but i don't think you can get a mobo and PSU that will SLI at this price range...
  6. Gkay09's Build choices are really good but I would say that if your building this rig for gaming and his system comes in at 700, I would invest the extra money in a video card for a little more future proofing either a GTX 560TI or go up a step to the 6870 personally , I have a 6870 and its fantastic its very cool , low power and rocks out any game i can find with ultra settings sans some thing like metro 2033 with AA maxed or some thing.
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