Gaming PC < $770 : Advices? [Warning: It's Lengthy]

Hi, I'm seeking for advices to make a good gaming computer. It's my first time building a computer, so I don't know if this is a decent build or not. I've been doing some research around several sites and here is what I came up with:

-Basic Info-
Approximate Purchase Date: Within 5 days.
Budget Ranges: < $770. I will consider going over the budget, but not that greatly.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, simple apps (e.g. ms words), and surfing webs.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, OS system, mouse, & keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: None, since I don't know much about good parts.
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later on... when I get more money for another VGA
Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900 pixels [HP 2009m]
Additional Comments: Would like to use it for a good 2~4 years, if possible.

CPU & PSU Combo: Intel core i5 2500K GHz 3.30 & CORSAIR TX650 V2 = $295
Wouldn't mind changing the cpu for a cheaper one, but I heard 2500k is the best one out there for gaming
CPU Fan: N/A
Planning to use the basic one included with the cpu box, but kind of worried the cpu might get overheated when I oc
Motherboard : ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard = 155
Just picked one rec from "hardware revolution" because there were too many motherboard to choose from
VGA: Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) = $130
I don't mind having a medium FPS for gaming, but is better to get Radeon HD 6850 or keep this?
RAM: G.Skill 4GB (2X2GB) DDR3 1600 = $37
HDD & DVD Burner: \Seagate 500GB 7200RPM SATA 6.0GB/s & LG dvd burner = $53
Should I just get a 1TB HDD and forget about the dvd burner? A dvd burner does sound nice, but I'm not sure if 500GB is worth more.
Case: Cool Master HAF 922 = $100
Really love the case design, but if there is a smaller case with similar features, I would consider changing.

That's it. It got quite lengthy, but if I could get some greatly detailed advises for improvement, then I think it's worth it. I would really like the best for my buck and appreciate any type of advices. Thanks in advance :)
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  1. Hello magician0091;

    No glaring errors in your parts choice. It would all work together fine.

    Your choice of case and PSU @ $170 is a very large chunk of your over all $770 budget.
    -> CM HAF 912 Mid Tower Computer Case $55
    -> XFX Core Edition PRO550W 550W PSU $70 ($50 a/r)
    This combo would drop your case/PSU cost to $105 and let you put some of the savings into your GPU and a CPU cooler.

    SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 $175 ($155 a/r) free copy of Dirt3
    CM Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler $30
  2. You might even consider a less expensive P67 motherboard:
    ASRock P67 PRO3 P67 $110
    Just a single PCI-e X16 slot but a single graphics card and a 1600x900 monitor is a great match.
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    considering your budget, theres a good bit of spending imbalance here that is hurting your system. you can fit an i5-2500k in your budget, but i wouldnt make overclocking a priority, because the cpu isnt going to bottleneck this system at stock speeds. i would therefore stick with stock cooling for now, and get a cpu cooler later.
    heres how i would do it:

    this will be a foundation for a very powerful system (you can definitely overclock that graphics card, 900-950mhz should be no problem). it is SLI ready (except for the SLI bridge, which you can buy on ebay for $5-10), but i would upgrade the monitor before i considered SLI (the difference between a 20" 1600x900 and a 24" 1080p is astounding)
  4. genghiskron said:
    P67A-G43 is Crossfire only - not SLI capable.
  5. please look at the VGA Card Test Report:'

    multiple NVIDIA cards tested in 2 way SLI : PASS
  6. Just woke up and I want to thank WR2 and genghiskron for all of these advices.
  7. For the motherboard.. again, so many choices to take... Is it better to go with with asrock or msi? They both seem nice to me (most mobo seems nice lol)
  8. With the expensive junkies gone, I can spend more on the VGA, but I have 4 in mind which is driving me lol.

    1. Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870
    Cheap VGA, which will allow me some space to get the Hyper 212 CPU cooler, but I can always get the cooler next time
    2. EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi)
    Seems very powerful with a lifetime warranty, which is very appealing
    3. ZOTAC ZT-50303-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi)
    Similar VGA choice 2, but it's cheaper by $20 (rebate will make it even, but trying to get rebate is a pain. Not that I totally dislike rebates)
    4. ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    A monster that seemed to have been overclocked. Which is the most expensive one out of the 4 choices
  9. i always try to recommend the best gaming performance possible for the stated budget because i think it helps to put things into perspective. however, i think that sapphire hd6870 is a great card at a great price, and they scale superbly in crossfire. i would, however, get a psu that can support 2 of them, for example:
  10. Best answer selected by magician0091.
  11. Yep, no matter how I look at it, I'm going for the build you rec. It's just that I'm getting rid of the dvd burner for now just to fit the budget under $770
  12. Once again, thanks for the advice :)
    an alternative to the g43. this one comes with an SLI bridge.
  14. I checked on that too, but the other one is also sli capable. it's just not mentioned in the website.
  15. yes. the g43 is sli capable but it does not include an sli bridge. these cost $5-15, depending on where you look.
  16. Just a simple question: What's the difference between a G43 and GD53? Is it significant? Their price seems to be same atm.
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