New build parts list (first Build)

This ismy first build. Im trying to build a computer in the $850 range, So basically have i over looked something or am I going to end up
with a crappy pile of computer parts. This is also my first build. I want to buy most of the parts from new egg, ncix, or other good sources in about 2-3 weeks.
Parts Im eying are:

Cpu: Intel Core I5 2500k

Mother Board: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1333

Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB

DVD Drive :

Hard Drive : Unsure of a hard drive, does not need to be huge, in the next year or so Im going to expand

Power Supply: Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W

Case: Sentey Optimus Extreme Division Tower Case

Mouse: ?


Sound: got it

And of course windows 7

use: Games , internet, movies,

Overclock: Probably play with it a bit

Crossfire: one of these days

Monitor Resolution:1680 × 1050 20" Apple Cinema Display

The Good, The bad?
what should i change, what should i keep?
What level of performance should i expect?

Any input is appreciated , Thanks
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  1. Try this for a hard drive:

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $84.99

    I trust companies like Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, XFX, etc (a reputable brand) for PSUs. If you plan to crossfire later on, this PSU should do the trick:

    XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $89.99

    Try one of these two for overclocking:

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+ $44.99

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $29.99

    Reliable DVD Drive:

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $18.99

    Can't really comment on the case since some of it is personal preference, but for the same price I would probably recommend this case:

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99

    I suppose keyboard and mouse are also personal preference. I've mostly used Logitech and they've been very reliable so far in my experience.

    Here is also a useful thread for those investing in Intel CPUs. I would be remiss if I didn't include it:

    8150 @ stock
    Metro- min-27 max-60 avg-43
    BFBC2- min-45 max-94 avg-65
    Crysis2- min-42 max-91 avg-58
    Lost Planet2- avg-33
    Dirt3- min-75 avg-99
    Cinebench- 5.84

    i5 2500K @ stock
    Metro- min-27 max-59 avg-43
    BFBC2- min-44 max-97 avg-65
    Crysis2-min-36 max-88 avg-62
    LostPlanet2- avg-34
    Dirt3- min-79 avg-105
    Cinebench- 5.12

    Looks like BD fx - 8150 and i5 2500k are pretty similar in terms of gaming performance add in the additional average cost of an Intel platform and slightly higher cost of the 8150 chip and looks like AMD and Intel offer up pretty even results on average as far as gaming as I have outlined and double certified above with link provided.
  3. what could i expect to over clock too with a heat sink like the ones above, and is there a noticeable difference between amd and intel systems?
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