$800 New Gaming Rig

Budget Range: (Right around or under $800)

System Usage: This system will mostly be used for work, I build websites and the most intensive programs for work are programs like Illustrator or Photoshop, so not very demanding. However I do intend to play games on it. The only game I do play is World of Warcraft, so not super graphic intensive, but would like to be able to run on very close if not ultra settings.


MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128495

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604&Tpk=EVGA%2001G-P3-1561-AR%20GeForce%20GTX%20560%20Ti%20FPB%20%28Fermi%29

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180

The case and HDD I'm still browsing for as well. I was thinking about going for an SSD and possibly using an older SATA for storage I have laying around the house.

My real big question is should I pay the extra few bucks for the i5-2500k? I literally have 0 intentions of overclocking, so I have no real interest in that. But if it makes a difference in gaming I would understand.

Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Yes , in gaming with a little CPU overclock you can gain some fps.
    If you have a HDD then buy an 64GB SSD for OS and the programs what you run for a quick launch. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
  2. switch to this GPU, will give you a big boost when using Photoshop.
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