First Build! Have edited 1st list from suggestions! 1200ish Gaming!

Let me start out by saying that I have lurked for quite a long time but this my my first build. I have always had local computer locations build my computers in the past, but since I'm a hands on guy I figured I would try to tackle this one myself.

The extent of my computer building skills are that I've basically replaced PSU's, GPU's, and Ram.

I will be using this for gaming/browsing the web. I would like to play BF3 on max settings and Diablo 3 when it releases. My budget atm is shooting for $800-1200. I would also like to make it upgradeable friendly if possible.

Approximate Purchase Date: Wife said I could order after the 18th

Budget Range: Planned on 800-1200 looks like 1200-1500 Now =[

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the net.

Parts Not Required: Mouse/Keyboard/Speakers/Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA/Florida

Parts Preferences: I prefer EVGA/ASUS/Corsair/Antec but I am open to opinions of those more experienced.

Overclocking: I don't know how, but will be googling/learning here soon

SLI or Crossfire: Not ATM but I want to be able to upgrade in 6 months - a year.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (I believe). Its a single 26 inch monitor. I will be buying another in 6 months - a year for Dual monitors.

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
319.99 (Comes with BF3 free, so essentially costs $260) (i5 + BF3 would cost me $275ish)
MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
ATM I need some help choosing a case. I want something that helps with cooling the PC, but I am slightly clueless as to what to look for. I found this, but it seems a little obnoxious.
Digging the blue throughout though.

What am I missing?
I am going to run $100-200 over budget - Where can I save?
Are there better selections that perform better for the same/cheaper price?

I also need some advice for extra cooling. I have 3 desktops in my "computer area" and it gets a little warm. I also live in Florida, but I generally keep the AC between 75-77 depending on how I feel.

Thank you!


After taking some consideration from this site and another that I frequent (bodybuilding site but has a tech sub-section) I have made another list including a case for the same price!

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (Simply because it's modular)(Open to input on this)
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)
319.99 (Plus free BF3 for buying i7)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
$149.99 (1tb is overkill for me, but I was told the 32mb cache is worth it over the 16mb cache of the 500gb)
ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Total price in my wishlist : $1294.92 Price is duoable but I need help with my new video card decision. I want it to last me for atleast a year and then I could SLI another, and it'll last me for 2-3 more years with dual monitors. Is this possible? Then in 3-4 years I'll be back on this board asking for another build? =]
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  1. Wow! Thanks for all the links! I'll be switching the Hard drive for sure. I looked for a 500gb barracuda on newegg but couldn't find one. My current PC Has 580gb and after 3 years of owning it I've amassed 160gb/580gb... No need for the 1TB

    Edit: I am concerned that the video card won't be strong enough for what I am desiring. Do you think it'll be fine, or should I somehow squeeze a 570 into the build?
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