1200$-1500$ Gaming Computer

Approximate Purchase Date: A.S.A.P

Budget Range: 1200$-1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching videos, browsing web.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: Intel Cpu, Nvidia gpu

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:I have never built a computer before and I mostly want one to play computer games and watch videos on platforms such as youtube. I am pretty much 100% certain that I will be getting an i5 2500k for my cpu. I am also getting a corsair 850w modular psu(mostly because it's barely more expensive than a 850w on Amazon.) and for a heatsink im going to get the hyper 212+. But my certainty ends there. My friend recomended me this motherboard.
I don't know much about motherboards nor do I have a prefencerence towards any brand but I dont like the fact that its a Micro. So if anyone had any suggestions for another one that would be much appreciated. For my case I can't decide between the corsair graphite 600t and the NZXT full tower phantom. I would probably go with the phatom because its cheaper and looks better. Again, any recommendations on anything else would be great. For RAM, I was thinking 8gb or 16gb and I read up and found out that 8gb is plenty for gaming, but should I or can I get one stick of 8gb and later upgrade to 16? Once more, advice or suggestions are highly appreciated. I really have no idea on a graphics card. I was originally thinking of a gtx 560 ti hawk, but the same friend that recommended the motherboard told me that its overpriced for it performance and that dual 460's hawks would be better. But I am worried they wont fit on the microboard. As for HDD im think of something around 1tb but i may only go with 500gb b/c they are priced so high right now. Lastly, for a disk drive ill get anything really its not that important.
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  1. Yes two GTX 460s will outperform one GTX 560 Ti. But a single GTX 560 Ti is plenty for 1080 resolution and going with one card is usually preferable to two, because with two cards you have increased heat, noise and power consumption and with one card you have more upgrade options (buy another later when you need it or just replace it, depending on which option is the best for you at that time).

    I don't believe 8GB sticks are widely available atm.

    Intel i5 2500K $230

    Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 $180

    Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.35V CML8GX3M2A1600C9W $50

    MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk $270

    You could get a cheaper one and overclock it yourself to achieve the same or better overclocks as the Hawk.
    Such as:
    EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti DS Superclocked 01G-P3-1567-KR $250

    Corsair TX850M $132

    NZXT Phantom $120-130
    Corsair Graphite 600T $150-160

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $26

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM ST1000DM003 $125

    Windows 7 64bit HP SP1 OEM $100

    Total: $1243/1273

    A better PSU that would still run a system with two GTX 560 Tis all day long.
    NZXT Hale90 750W 80Plus Gold Modular $140

    The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is a good budget cooler, but you have a large budget so I don't think you should 'settle' for a cooler that needs a fan that can spin at 2000RPM to get the good temps it sometimes gets.
    For instance this outperforms it at a similar price with a maximum fan speed of 1500RPM:
    Thermalright True Spirit 120 $30

    Thermalright True Spirit 140 $40
    Both the Corsair Graphite 600T and NZXT Phantom are wide enough to accommodate this.
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