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$1000-1200 Gaming PC - Need advice please

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December 4, 2011 2:07:57 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching Netflix/Hulu.

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: U.S. (California)

Parts Preferences: Intel & Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe (never done it before)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not sure on this, I have been using 1024 by 768 but my computer is 5 years old. This is my monitor:
LG L226WTY-BF Black 22" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 3000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC because my desk is close to my bed.

This is what I have picked out so far, however I have a pretty limited knowledge of computer parts so I need a fair bit of advice. I should mention that I don't really know how to overclock computers so thats not a concern of mine, I would also like my build to be able to play all of todays new games on max or close to max settings.

PSU:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Really unsure about this.
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Also unsure about this.
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: Again, unsure about this.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: I think I'm going to hold off on SSD for a year or 2.
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have a 250GB external HD that I update every once and a while just in case my HD fails.

Video Card:
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Reviews are making me second guess my decision to get this card.

DVD Drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Should I get two? My old computer has 2 cd drives and 1 burner. The ones in my old computer are shot, so ill probably buy this one, mentioned in the article.

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This tower is a little flashier then I would like. However it is slightly bigger than the average medium size case so it will have more room inside to work with without being as bulky as a full case.

OS:
Windows 7 Home Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 4, 2011 3:17:44 PM

Also, do you guys think I need an aftermarket CPU fan?
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December 4, 2011 3:27:33 PM

I would go for a 128GB SSD and later get HDD Also you PSU is overkill and you need a CPU cooler.
-Bruce
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December 4, 2011 3:56:07 PM

Don't worry overclocking is easy.
For your resolution 560Ti would be perfect. As u don't plan on SLi downgrade to a 600W PSU ..like PC power and cooling mk III or FSP Aurum 600W
those HDDs are slow as molasses in January .. in Russia
so get SSD and use your external HDD .. later on u can add another HDD
that mobo is good
the case is not really a quiet one(plus there is no filters except the front) .. check out NZXT H2 - not too flashy
and yes u need cooler .. just for the hell of it :) 
good budget ones are CM Hyper 212+ or Xigmatek Gaia .. but u can also consider some low profile low noise coolers
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