My First Gaming Build - Need Help

Hi all,

I am in the works of making a machine for gaming (looking to spend around 1500 - 2000) and was wanting to get some feedback on the hardware I have chosen so far:

Graphics - EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
Price: 394.99
Memory - 2 X CORSAIR XMS3 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Price: 79.98
Motherboard - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Price: 209.99
Processor - Intel Core i7-2600K: 3.4 GHz-3.8 GHz, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache
Price: 279.99
Heat Sink - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
Price: 25.99
Power Supply - CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Price: 169.99
System Drive & Storage Drive - Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Price: 284.99

Total
1445.92

I'm not sure what to choose for a case so help in choosing that as well would be appreciated, and for an optical drive, I don't need anything special. ( no blue ray player )
I have heard that aluminum cases are the way to go because they are light.
Also having the usb ports in the front is desirable.

Am I heading in the right direction with these specs?
Are there places where that I can skimp on and still achieve the same results?
Should I go for a higher graphics card?
Is the SSD I have chosen worth the price?

I'm not looking for the best gaming machine around, just a really good one where I wont have to upgrade for awhile. Possibly play Battlefield 3 on Ultra.

Thanks,
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  1. Whats your monitor resolution?

    As for cases it depends on what you want: silence, cooling, flashy, subdued, personal preference on looks.

    Once I know what you're looking for in a case I can make some suggestions.

    Also where did you get the name Falcdawg from?
  2. For gaming, you don't need an i7-2600k

    Get an i5-2500k + asrock extreme3 gen3
  3. oh my god ... stop it already with asrock mobo .. it's like the best mobo in the world ..
    it's cheap for quality and features provided - that is true .. otherwise nothing special.
    Get 2500k and go with a better cooler the 212+
  4. What are you talking about?
  5. ?? about mobo
  6. Quote:
    Whats your monitor resolution?

    As for cases it depends on what you want: silence, cooling, flashy, subdued, personal preference on looks.

    Once I know what you're looking for in a case I can make some suggestions.

    Also where did you get the name Falcdawg from?


    1080p for monitor resolution
    I want a case that is built for performance, no flash. So that would mean silence, cooling, etc...
    Falcdawg is a name I have always used.
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