$600 Gaming rig need advice

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next few monthes

Budget Range: $600 before rebates and if a must maybe $700 but only if its worth it

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy Gaming, Video watching, Browsing

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, and OS, and Optical Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: what ever brings more performance

Overclocking: medium OC not extreme

SLI or Crossfire: NO

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Would like a good looking case, good performance, and good cooling options

Im not a fanboy of either side but i have noticed that nvidia drivers are slightly better from what iv seen, but when it comes down to would love the best bang for my buck,

Im looking to play Fallout new vegas, Portal 2, L4D2, Sims 3, CoD's all on a 1920x1080 rez
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  1. Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower ($40)

    MB: ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel Z68 Micro ATX ($110)

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core ($110)

    RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($21)

    GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 ($140)

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified ($65)

    Total = $486, minus $35 in mail-in rebates.

    That's everything but storage. Hard drives are triple what they were a couple of months ago, which makes SSDs look a lot more attractive. If you don't have a HDD lying around that you can use, and you NEED the space, I suggest Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM ($130, + $8 s/h), which would bring your total to $624, $589 after rebates.

    If you have an extra HDD lying around or you prefer speed to space, I suggest one of the following:
    OCZ Vertex 3 60GB ($110, total of $596, $541 after rebates)
    OCZ Agility 3 90GB ($140, total of $626, $571 after rebates)
    OCZ Agility 3 120GB ($170, total of $656, $601 after rebates)

    Edit: changed CPU link from Newegg to Amazon — same price, no tax
  2. Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K $219.99 Free Shipping

    ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $84.99 Free Shipping

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ $29.99 Free Shipping

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $29.04 Free Shipping

    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM $17.99 $4.99 Shipping

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $84.99 Free Shipping

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply 64.99 Save: $15.00 $44.99 after mail-in rebate card Free Shipping

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $69.99 Free Shipping

    Total prox $571
    No video card.
    You can get an I3 2120 for $129 if you don't want to overclock. Save $120 over the 2500K and HSF. Leaves $150+ for video.
    HIS H687FN1GD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $169.99
  3. CPU: with 4 cores the 970 has more potential than an i3 and also can be OC'd can get 4 ghz with this setup and will pwn a i3- $130

    Mobo: can go cheaper but this seems like a good spot for OC - $130

    ram: 8gb ddr3 1333 - $40

    CPU fan: hyper 212+ - $30

    PSU: corsair 550 watt - $90

    Case: nice normal case with good features- $50

    GPU: a 6870 to top it all off - $165

    Total: $ 625 with about $40 in mir

    the mobo and psu will allow for nice upgrades in the future such as the 7000 gpus or if amd will come out with better cpus also if you want 16 gb of ram. I'd suggest this over an intel build since you are going to OC as it is going to give you more performance generally. you can also choose a very cheap mobo for about $60 if you don't want the upgradability such as this:
  4. O/C'ed AMD's are Sooooo, last year!

    that HDD was $50 cheaper when purchased.
  5. This Seasonic psu is cheaper and have 620W 80+ bronze, modular. Why to pay 90$ for 550W when 620W are at 79$. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095
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