First time build: <$1000 i5 gaming rig

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: Sub $1000.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies/tv shows, and file server.

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.

Country of Origin: USA.

Parts Preferences: I'm going for an i5 build, but no real preferences.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Unlikely right now, quite possible in future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200.

Additional Comments: I'd like it to be quiet and cool, even if it means a relatively tame OC. Not a fan of lights/bling.

Build: (all prices before rebates)

Intel Core i5-2500K
$355 free shipping

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850
$165 free shipping

$100 + $3 shipping

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
$80 free shipping

Fractal Design Core 3000
$75 + $14 shipping

Zonet ZEW1642S 802.11b/g/n PCI Wireless Adapter
$16 free shipping

$21 + $5 shipping (looks like this went up since I found it..)

Total price: $812 + $22 shipping

I am also considering the Cooler Master HAF 912, thoughts?
$55 + $8 shipping

Will fixed antennas be an issue on the wifi card?

I'm not 100% sure on the video card and motherboard, focus on those please.

And finally, just want to make sure 600W is going to cover it all.

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  1. That motherboard is not going to work too well for Xfire because the second PCIe slot will only run at 4x with 2 cards. You should also be able to get a HD 6950 2gb card and at least a 750W PSU while staying within your budget.
  2. $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1) $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
    Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power $324.98 save: $25.00 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $29.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 $234.99 (Before $25.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) FREE SHIPPING
    EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

    Total: $884.41 *not including mail in rebates
  3. The ASUS DVD drive was always around $21 with FS every time I checked, so if you want to save the $5 or so, I'd wait a bit for FS.
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