New build advice

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: 800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, college computer

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: maybe


Additional Comments: Just wondering if everything is compatible and/or i could reduce the price any way

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Parts so far:

NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

ASUS M5A88-V EVO AM3+ AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131733

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

MD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

I really appreciate the help!!! thanks!
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  1. At an 800$ budget, I think you should get the i5-2500k. Much better for gaming. For $3 more, you can get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416 . It is low profile so it won't interfere with heat sinks. Get the 6850. It is better than the 550ti.
  2. your parts:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146070
    - NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower: $70

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625
    - EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti: $130

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247
    - ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA: $58

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144
    - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600: $45

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
    - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB: $130

    what you should change:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157230
    - ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $100

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost): $225

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2: $45

    TOTAL: $803
  3. as 'azeem40' said -> for $10 you can get this 6850:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161384
    - HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB: $140

    better video card - new total before rebates: $813
  4. This would be a much better build for $800 - the HD you have is major overkill. The drive is good but with the shortages WD is charging ridiculous premiums for them. You can always add new drives later on, that's the easy part.

    Try this:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Seasonic S12II 620W - $79.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3H - $159.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz - $44.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 500GB - $84.99
    Optical: LG DVD Burner - $15.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $169.99

    Total: $805.92
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