Gaming rig around $750

Hey guys,
Looking to upgrade my current rig which is 4 years old. I look to use this for mainly gaming. I play mostly FPS's, but not really seriously any more due to work and other hobbies. Here are the parts I have picked out:

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 750 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case, PSU?
OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJ 520 Watts ATX

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU, Nvidia for GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments:

Current parts picked out:
CPU: ntel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 ($230)

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($122)

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1563-AR ($250)

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($50)

That puts me at $652. I plan on reusing my old case that I got back around 2004.

Besides wondering if there are any glaring issues with the selections I made above, I am curious if I can reuse my old PSU. It is from 2005 and has been used in 2 builds so far.

It is an:
OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJ 520 Watts ATX

If it is unwise to continue using it, would either of these be a good choice?
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply ($63 + $6 S/H)

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply ($75 + $6 S/H)

Even though one is 600W and the other is 55W, they seem to put out the same Amps over the same rails. Strange.

I will also need a new DVD burner as my current optical drives are both PATA, and the new mobo does not support that. I will just pick up an $18 one in one of my orders.

Thanks in advance for the assistance.

Editted: Use the template as I should have before, changed the CPU and RAM as per suggested.
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  1. Good choices, however that ram will do nothing for you stick to 1600 instead of 2133 ram. For $20 more you can get the unlocked 2500K instead which would be wise.
  2. Unless you overclocking which requires a K series processor you might as well get an H67 motherboard. Just a thought.
  3. Ahhhh... I missed the difference between the 2500 and the 2500K. Thanks for pointing that out.

    It looks like these might work for memory, which frees up funds to get the K series processor.

    G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    I am still curious about the PSU however. Do Power supplies generally have an average life expectancy? I need to know if I need to buy a new one or not.
  4. Any help on the Power Supply?
  5. Time for a new power supply get the 600watt model it was a better buy.
  6. Thanks spentshells. I also editted my initial pos tot make it easier to read.

    One last question. With the RAM, will the low voltage help or hurt?
  7. Nothing to worry about actually. In most cases though the faster(better) stuff will take lower voltages.
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