Need feedback on homebuilt computer

Hi! I'm a first time poster here and I'm planning on building a decent gaming rig that can play most modern games along with the new Battlefield 3 on medium to max settings. I'm 13 years old and I've been saving money since I was about 10 to build one and I have about $2500. My budget is $1300-$1500. Here are my components for my build:

Mobo
ASRock p67 Extreme4 Gen 3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

Memory
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

CPU
Intel Core i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Video Card
EVGA 012-P3-1571-KR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130613

Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

Power Supply Unit
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

Optical Drive
Haven't search that up yet, but I'm only going to use to install my OS.

OS
As I'm a gamer, Windows 7 all the way (Home Premium to be exact)

Let me know if I'm missing anything! :)
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  1. Wow, excellent choices for the most part. I honestly think I'd go with a Z68 over a P67 motherboard - the Z68 has better support in case you decide to add a Solid State Drive, and has support for much larger 2 and 3 TB hard drives.

    The Corsair Enthusiast Series is an excellent choice, but keep in mind that they are only rated 80 plus bronze (energy efficiency) . I think I'd recommend an 80 plus silver or gold PSU for your setup - the Seasonic x650 Gold and PC Power & Cooling Silencer series would be good choices for this build. You might want to read this article about choosing a good PSU:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-psu-review,2916.html

    As for optical - I'd say just add a cheap CD/DVD burner from Lite-On or LG (avoid Asus) or if you want go with the LG Super Multi blu ray burner - it'll make backups a lot easier.

    Oh - you're also missing a CPU Cooler. Go with the Corsair A70, or the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. Alternately, check out the Noctua NH-U9B.
  2. Great choice of parts. Overall, nothing wrong really. However, I would swap the motherboard for this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    I would, however, consider this as your GPU:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951

    Easily unlocks to an HD 6970, which is on par with the GTX 570, and for a cheaper price tag.
  3. AbdullahG said:
    Great choice of parts. Overall, nothing wrong really. However, I would swap the motherboard for this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    I would, however, consider this as your GPU:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951

    Easily unlocks to an HD 6970, which is on par with the GTX 570, and for a cheaper price tag.


    I definitely second this rec - Sapphire is highly reputable when it comes to ATI/AMD cards, but it looks like Newegg is out of stock. Try Tiger Direct and see if they have it.
  4. Thanks for the feedback! I am still a bit confused with PCI Express 2.0 and 2.1. Is this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=x6r3rqdcomv motherboard compatible with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102951&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=befqjlg4ze72 video card? I'm still a bit confused because in the product name it says PCI Express 2.1 and I'm a bit puzzled if it will work in a PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot.
  5. All PCI-e platforms are backwards compatible. The only thing with a motherboard with built-in video is that you'll need to disable the built-in video on the BIOS after you install the video card.
  6. Thanks for the quick response! Also a question about modular PSU's. All the cables come with it and whatever cables I need I can just plug it in and connect it to the component, am I correct? Sorry for the noobish questions. This is my first build! :)
  7. Yes, you are correct.
  8. tahmidh9 said:
    Thanks for the quick response! Also a question about modular PSU's. All the cables come with it and whatever cables I need I can just plug it in and connect it to the component, am I correct? Sorry for the noobish questions. This is my first build! :)


    Yeah - if you look at the parts on Newegg - they show you everything it comes with, right down to the case sticker.
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