$900-1000 gaming build, first time builder

Approximate Purchase Date: 3/17/2012

Budget Range: 900-1000 $(950 is the sweetspot)

System Usage: gaming: Tf2,Guild wars 2, Diablo 3,Mass effect 3, Starcraft 2

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or any reliable website

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel Cpu,

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not at the moment

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (have asus vh236h)

Additional Comments: Is 750watts overkill in this build?, i wanted the 6950 2gb so i could flash it to a 6970, but im

thinking about saving money and getting the 1gb by gigabyte.

My Current Build:
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 122$
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 270$
Intel Core i5-2500K 230$
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 105$
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 30$
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 47$
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 85$
LITE-ON Wired Standard Keyboard 8$
LITE-ON DVD Burner 22$

Total: 974.90$

all help is appreciated.

Ps: i would like to be around 950$
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  1. Best answer
    I think that is quite a good build.

    750W would be overkill for a system with a single 6950/6970. However it is a solid choice if you want to be able to add a second 6950 in the future.

    I think an easy way to cut $15 off the price of the build is to look for combos, such as this:
    Corsair 750TXV2 $105
    Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CAS9 1.5V CML8GX3M2A1600C9B $50
    Combined price: $140
  2. I think it's a good build as well. The PSU you have is perfectly fine, I wouldn't change it.

    My only suggestion would be for the cooler to pay an extra $5 and get the Hyper 212 Evo instead (newer version w/LED fan, solid heat pipes):
  3. buy the cpu from microcenter (you will save 50$) and get the rest of ur stuff from newegg (all ur parts r good)
  4. thx for all the advice guys, i wish i lived close to a microcenter, but im in charlotte nc, the closed microcenter is in VA, sucks i know
  5. Best answer selected by greent4.
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