New Gaming Build - <$1000

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $900-1000

System Usage: Gaming: Battlefield 3, Skyrim, etc.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, or OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Probably

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is a gaming build for a friend who wants an upgrade in order to play newer games but wants to keep his old tower intact. I realize the PSU may be overkill, but i think the video card/PSU combo deal(here: ) negates the purpose of downgrading it.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Video Card
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

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

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

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

Total: $948

Any tips to improve performance, save money, or identify compatibility issues? Let me know what you think. Thanks.
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  1. Looks like it will be a great system.
  2. Looks good but needs some adjustments:

    Why are you getting an 850 watt PSU when you are not planning on SLI or Crossfire? Go for a 650 watt PSU. This will still allow for A LOT of overclocking.

    Bump down the case to an HAF 912, HAF 922, or any nice mid tower case.

    Then with over 100 dollars saved, get a GTX 570 instead of a GTX 560ti. I would go for the Twin Frozr one.
  3. MASSIVE overkill PSU if you don't intend to SLI.

    Look at the $1000 build in my sig for a more efficient spending of $1000.
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