Need advice on Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: Trying to stay under $1350 - $1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: No particular preference.

Overclocking: Yes (I will purchase Fan/Heatsink + Thermal Paste from Fry's when I do this.)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: This is my first ever computer build and I was hoping to get some feedback from more experienced people before I pull the trigger. I don't know if my GPU is overkill or not but I wanted to be able to play games at decent settings for the next 2-3 years.


This is what I have in my cart:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor W/Speakers

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

Total: $1291.92

Thanks for the help.
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  1. Looks fine to me..
  2. Very good psu, but unneccessarily expensive. Get either an xfx core edition 650w, corsair tx650, or a pc power & cooling mkii 650w and save $50.
  3. Have you considered a Z68 board? Here are the major differences between these chipsets .
    -Support for the IGP (Intergraded Graphics on Processor)
    -Ability to only overclock the IGP on a “K” series processor

    -No support for the IGP at all.
    -Ability to overclock the core clock speed of a “K” processor

    -In most cases support for IGP (Gigabyte released a bunch of board that don’t support the IGP)
    -Ability to overclock the core clock speed and the IGP
    -Support for Intel® SRT (Smart Response Technology)
    -In most cases can use the IGP and the dedicated video at the same time to give additional monitor support.

    And if your partial to ASRock then you might want to look at this Z68 board
  4. Thanks for the input tinman. I'll go ahead and take a look at these boards. The only reason I picked that ASRock in the OP was because it had good reviews and a Tom's Hardware recommendation. I didn't research as heavily into MoBos as I did with the GPU and CPU.
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