First time builder looking for some advice on a $700-$800 rig

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks max

Budget Range:$700-$800 after rebates if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Almost exclusively gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tiger direct, amazon

Country: US

Parts Preferences: No preference, just no junk

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Here's what I've thrown together so far. My computer knowledge is probably only intermediate at best so any help or suggestions would be very welcome. This will be my first attempt at building my own pc from scratch, the most i've done in the past is replace RAM, a CPU, a motherboard and a few HD's. I bought a Cyberpower about 2.5 years ago and I've had nothing but problems with it from day 1 (should have listened to all the negative feedback I got on them) so I'm not going that route again.

Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

HD: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

CD Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner

Those are just what i've thrown together so far, of course if you know of a better recommendation, please let me know. I'm not 100% sure on a mobo or gpu yet. I might possibly want to buy a second monitor down the road and set up dual monitors so not sure how big of a change that makes in what gpu I need. Trying to keep this at about $700-$800 max. The only thing this will really be used for is gaming, mainly Skyrim, WoW and Diablo 3 when it releases.
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  1. Just to throw it out there, if you live near a Microcenter, they have the best processor prices. The 2400 is about $150 right now. Just use the dropdown at the top of the page for locations.

    Anyway, considering your possible need for dual cards later, any z68 Gigabyte or ASUS motherboard will do. Even the uATX models will do dual cards now. They just lack extra slots for PCI and PCIe x1 usually. You also will not be overclocking that processor so no need for a high end board.

    You'' also want a 2x4gb(8gb) ram kit. The 6gb kits were for the older socket 1366 boards. 8gb is pretty much standard on gaming rigs these days. Any of these kits will be fine.

    The PSU is fine, but will not be enough for most dual card rigs. it really depends on what card(s) you wind up with. Basically for lower end dual cards like the 6850, a good 650 watt Bronze certified will suffice. It is OK to only run a single card on this as well as they are efficient at low medium and high loads. Brands Like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, and XFX are good. XFX are really good deals right now as they are trying to build up their name.

    GPU is whatever the budget allows and what you can live with as far as game setting go. If you are like me and can play at lowered settings and resolutions in some games, the AMD 6870 - Nvidia GTX 460 are decent enough although the next level up would be more desirable. Here is Tom's chart on the subject for you to browse. Keep in mind that the Nvidia cards are going to burn more power at a given level than the AMD which could affect PSU selection. The 650 watt range will run any single card out there right now though.,3107-7.html
  2. Check the $800 build in my sig.

    i5 2400 + GTX560Ti.
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