First Build - $1,000 - $1,500 Budget

Hello everyone, I'm an avid WoW player, currently playing on a dying laptop I've had for 2 years. I've been playing with an average of 15 fps on the lowest settings for way too long, and I've decided it's time to look into building my own desktop.

My goals with this build are to be able to play WoW on the highest settings with 60+ FPS, and to be able to play games like Skyrim/Diablo III on high or ultra settings with good FPS as well. I came up with this build with a bit of help from a friend and mostly random pages on the internet. I've never built a computer before and I really did not know much about it before researching this build I came up with.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 months

Budget Range: $1,000 (not set in stone, will be ok if the build goes over a few $100 if necessary, $1,500 max)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily gaming, browsing

Parts Not Required: Need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Preferably newegg, unless price can be find for less elsewhere (tigerdirect/amazon)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Acer S230HLAbii Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor is the only definite I have at this point

Overclocking: I don't know much about overclocking, but prefer to keep my options open

SLI or Crossfire: I don't know anything about this

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would prefer a quiet PC, but price is my highest priority


GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $189.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX - $169.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL - $44.99

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $139.99

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $109.99
Since HD prices are so high as of now, I decided to just go with 500GB. I have a decent sized external HD, so that will suffice for me for a while.

CASE: NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $49.99

POWER SUPPLY: hec Zephyr MX 750 750W Peak Output ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $69.99

Since I don't own a desktop I have no parts to use, so I'll be completely building this from scratch. That includes everything above, as well as a monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers/OS. My ultimate goal is to get all of this somewhere between $1,000-$1,500, but still as low as possible. I managed to get every single part on Newegg for under $1,200. All I need now is someone who more knowledge than I have to pick apart this build and tell me where I went wrong or where I can go better.

Also, I am a lefty and if anyone knows of a left-handed or ambidextrous gaming mouse that's not too expensive, please let me know about it as well.

I'm still a beginner when it comes to this but I'm learning quickly. Anywhere I've messed up with my build, if you could let me know what I did wrong and why it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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    You could get this i5-2500k + motherboard + ram + hdd + psu + case combo for $645

    Then get a GTX 560ti $245


    Plus your monitor $149


    Add this cooler if you want to keep your rig nice and cool. $35


    Oh yeah, the i5-2500k is the best gaming CPU there is right now for the price. Don't even consider AMD at this pricepoint. The i5 beats the phenom at every game.
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