System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web
Parts Not Required: Keyboard&mouse, Monitor,OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: For cases, i dont want anything bulky or ugly lookin like the HAF 912.. mayby something like the Rosewill Challenger or better. Would also like Sandy bridge if i can fit that into my budget.
Overclocking: maybe in the future
SLI or Crossfire: nah
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments:Just need a good gaming pc that will play most games at medium-high settings and will last a couple years. This is my first time building one.
$741 before MIR, $691 after MIR. I know I passed your budget by a good margin but the spending is justifiable. The i5-2500k is an amazing CPU at $220 and is well known for its easy overclocking. THe motherboard you can switch out. There are Z68 motherboard from Biostar and Gigabyte for $100. I would stay away from Biostar if you can help it. Gigabyte is a good brand, I have a gigabyte motherboard myself but I hate the bios. It's just old and ugh. I would stay around $100 for the motherboard since you on a predefined budget. I chose the G.Skill RAM because it's designed for P67 so it's guaranteed to work. It's cheap and reliable. There's another set from G.Skill at the same price if you want a different look. There are also cheaper ones than G.Skill from Kingston and A-Data but they are at 1.65V while G.Skill is at 1.5V. For the GPU, I chose the 6850, it will run your games just fine at medium to high setting. Here's a benchmark for it, they used AA and the available highest setting: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291 I gave you two options for case, they're both $50. One has a side windows, the other one doesn't. I highly recommend this XFX because it's actually made by Seasonic [extremely reliable]. Last of all, you can ditch the Lite-On I chose and go for either Sony Optiarc or Asus. I don't think the ASUS oem one has free shipping anymore but you should take a look. I hope this helps. You will be within your budget after rebates. If you don't mind spending $15 more, you can grab the 2x4GB RAM from G.Skill. Here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would say XFX is reliable. Just be sure to include all the necessary paperwork and did not leave anything out. You should also make a copy or two before you send anything in so if they were to have any error you can just fax in to them. The rebate form should include instructions. XFX is not a small company. They also make power supplies.
The PSU in that last post is an ancient, inefficient design. The smaller one from the same line passed jonnyguru's testing way back when, but there's no excuse for it today.
A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency. Seasonic, Corsair, Antec, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands.
Sandy Bridge now will give you the best performance for your money. Bulldozer is not guarantee to match Sandy Bridge. I also don't think Bulldozer's 8 cores, I believe, will beat Sandy Bridge in gaming. Not many games utilize more than two cores. It's mainly up to you but just remember there's always new technological advances around the corner. Ivy Bridge is set for LGA 1155 and a bios flash will enable you to use ivy bridge [some features will be disabled but not enough to be of major concern] Hopes this solve everything :]