New gaming build $1400-1600

Been lurking here for awhile, but finally decided to join, just in time before I order a new build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Friday, 7/8/11
Budget Range: $1,400-1,600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SC2, Rift, BF3), Photo editing, surfing the net, watching videos
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel processor, NVIDIA cards, Asus/Asrock MB
Overclocking: Maybe, but nothing extreme
SLI or Crossfire: In the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I've been looking at building a new gaming computer since March or so, but I'm now in more of a hurry-up mode, as my desktop has been struck by lightning twice in the last month (once through the power, now through the cable). Lots of bad luck I guess. First time required a new power supply (which worked until the second strike), second time hit the cable modem, router...and motherboard/processor (poor Asus P5b Deluxe and Core 2 Duo E6600). I'll probably work on building that computer back up eventually as a backup, but for now I'm going with a new build.

I'm looking for a build that will last me a while with upgrades (this last one went 4+ years before I started considering a new one). I'll probably SLI the gtx 570 one day when it's cheap and I'm ready to upgrade.

As far as the lightning...I bought a UPS system to go along with my surge protector that has coaxial hookups. And I'll probably just unplug everything for awhile when I'm not at home just due to paranoia (paranoia which is well justified I believe).

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

DVD burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Storage Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Graphics Card: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active ...

Memory Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible

Total before Rebates: $1,481.38

Thanks everyone!
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  1. Well, first: This rig is compatible and looks like a pretty darn good future proof gaming system. Second: This computer you're building probably WON'T last 4 years due to moores law. and since it's double every 18 months, it's exponential, so this would probably last you 3 years but everything looks good
  2. Yeah, I keep going over the build again and again...and never change anything. So I think it's a solid build overall. And 4 years is probably pushing it, but we'll see. Should just start saving now for the next build. Ha ha. Thanks for looking it over!
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