Help me fill in the blanks!

Looking for some advice with a ~$1,000 budget in mind for a gaming rig.

Case - Cooler Master Haf 912 - $59.99
PSU - Corsair TX650M - $109.99
CPU - i5 2500k - $229.99
Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 912 - $29.99
GPU - Radeon HD6870 - $169.99
or - Nvidia GTX 560 - $229.99
Memory - ?? (looking for 8GB in total)
Motherboard - ??

Cost so far: $600-650

If there's anything wrong with the current build, please advise!

I'm also considering picking up a SSD for the OS and apps, since I have a spare laptop hard drive lying around; I'm assuming I can plug in laptop hard drives into a 'desktop' mobo?
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  1. Newegg

    Ram G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT $39.67
  2. thomasoropeza said:

    Ram G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT $39.67

    Thanks for the RAM suggestion.

    Reason why I'm asking for help to fill in the blanks is that I'm not sure what kind of mobo I need for this current set-up, I don't want to overpay for a mobo with features I don't need nor do I want to get a mobo that can't support everything I need.
  3. Yes, a laptop hdd can be used. Just get a mounting bracket.
  4. ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 8gb
    mobo: asrock z68 extreme3 gen3
    video card: gtx 560 ti
  5. Popular budget mobo choice- ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3:

    Reliable SSD - Crucial M4 128GB:

    - Note: Corsair PSU 15% coupon ends today on Newegg.
    - Do you need OS (~$100)?
  6. Thanks for recommending the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 mobo (thanks to you too extremegamermax), I checked it out and it seems like a pretty solid mobo for my expected rig.

    Would've jumped on the deal on newegg but I'm not longer living in NA so I will likely be shopping for these parts locally.

    I already have an OS lying around ready for this new rig :)

    P.S. I'm wondering if this is really a 'budget' rig as from what I have heard the i5 2500K CPU and GTX 560 Ti offer excellent performance at a reasonable price.

    edit: If I'm to get a GTX 560 Ti which version should I be looking at? There seems to be many different versions.

    This is what I mean, just a quick search on for GTX 560 Ti and I get over 30 results!
  7. The term "budget" is so subjective. For you, it may be $1,000 - for others, it may be $500.

    With $1,000, you can build a solid rig that can handle the newest games at med-high settings.

    - The reason for differences in GTX 560 Ti prices: the GPU cooler and clock speeds out of the box.

    - The GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores is a relatively new GPU - performs lies between the GTX 560 Ti and GTX 570 (hence the higher price).

    I'd suggest taking a peek at reviews and going with a dual-fan cooler. (It's super easy to OC these cards on your own.)
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