Need help building a $1300 gaming PC (Really could use some help)

So this is my first time building a PC, since I decided not to buy a pre-built PC.

I did some searching and was able to pick out some parts I thought was good.


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Approximate Purchase Date: within a week (or closer the better)

Budget Range: $1300 maximum AFTER rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: pretty much just gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers. (I need to buy a copy of Windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference really

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: whatever gets the job done

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: NO

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

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Components that I've picked out (I've already included shipping and rebates in the price):


CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k Processor - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
($180)

CPU Cooler - XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 Dark Knight-S1283V - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
($25)

GPU - Asus ENGTX570 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121432
($328)

Memory - Crucial M4 128GB SSD - http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=60445
($190)

RAM - Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB DDR3-1600 - http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=60640
($39)

Case - AZZA Solano 1000R CSAZ-1000R Full Tower - http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37876
($80)

PSU - Antec High Current Gamer Series 750W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3332167&SID=u00000687
($105)

Optical Drive- ASUS 24X DVD Burner (OEM) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033Z2BAQ?tag=at055-20
($21)

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/sr=1-1/qid=1319263006/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1319263006&sr=1-1&seller=
($100)


And that's about what I've been able to pick out so far.
I plan on buying another hard drive a couple months later and setting up a RAID, but for now 128gb will suffice.

As for the mobo, I have no idea what kind of motherboard to get. Also, I'm not too sure if the PSU I got is that good or not.

Any ideas?
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  1. Anybody?
  2. That psu is great.As for the mobo go for the Asrock Z68 Xtreme 4 Gen3as it has Pci-e 3.0 so you can upgrade in future.If you want get an ssd to make use of Intel's Smart Cache technology.If you don't get a small size ssd go for the P67 version of that board.
  3. You want an 850w psu if you plan on pushing two of those 570's and have some headroom left over.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Performance-CP-9020004-NA/dp/B005E98EI2/ref=sr_1_10?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1319624800&sr=1-10 $131.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020004-NA

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3 $124.99 Free Shipping
    ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155/ Intel Z68/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186 $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
  4. I'm only using one GTX 570. Don't plan on using more than one at a time.
  5. Chronic Logic said:
    I'm only using one GTX 570. Don't plan on using more than one at a time.

    Then a 650w psu will be more than sufficient and a 750w for a single 570 will be a total waste.
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