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Is my Gaming build okay? About $1160

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August 25, 2011 3:38:06 AM

I have picked out the parts for my computer that I intend to build, this is the first computer I have ever built, and I just want to make sure that this rig will work! :) 
I should add that I really can't go much higher than $1180
(This is also my first post here, so if this is in the wrong spot, let me know)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.81 @ Amazon Canada)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.98 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1158.71

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August 25, 2011 3:52:05 AM

Im in the planning stages of my first build as well. Everything seems fine to me as far as I know. Only thing I see is, that you only have 4GB of RAM. Is there a reason for that? Because you can easily upgrade to 8GB and stay under $1180.
August 25, 2011 4:54:16 AM

Hmm... As far as my knowledge goes, no games really utilize more than 3 gigs of RAM. I guess it would be a good idea to have 8 gigs for the future since games will probably exceed 4 gigs sometime soon. I'll look into it! Thanks for the help! :) 

Otherwise, everything looks okay and compatible?
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August 25, 2011 5:55:16 AM

You will want to fill all four slots with a matched quad channel ram set. 4 x 4gb = 16 gb in 4 ram dimm slots work well. Sometimes different pairs of rams bought separate might not play nice.

I urge you to put away your vices for a week or so and consider the i7 2600k CPU for a few dollars more.