$1250 budget gaming build. Going with Intel. Need help and suggestions

Max budget 1,250 after rebates. This is my first gaming build in a while and console just isnt cutting it for me anymore. This build will be for games like BF3, Skyrim, Crysis 2 and various others.

These are the items that i have chosen for sure, but im still open to your opinion and other suggestions. need help chooisng video card and motherboard as well.

OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341044
139.99 after mail in rebate. (still open to other PSU that are gold certified but not crazy priced)

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068
129.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo
84.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345
53.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
219.99

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
33.99

Windows 7 64 bit=99.99

Everything above listed added up to 762.93. if you add the video card listed below it totals 1,012.92! That leaves me with 237.08 to work with a mobo/video card combo. I also already have a dvd drive.

With all that being listed i have not been able to choose a motherboard or video card because there is just so much to choose from. For the motherboard i want easy overclock ability for the i5 2500k. I was looking at a bunch of differnt Asus Z68 (pro and non-pro) mobos with UEFI Bios, but dont know to much about other brands with overclock compatablility.

With the video card i am open to any suggestion as long as it is a nvdia 560ti, or amd radeon similar card. I want to be able to play games like BF3, Skyrim and maybe some Crysis 2 on high and ultra settings. I included some links below to some cards i was looking at.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127615&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo
249.99 after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130738
249.99 rebate

Thats about it. I havent built a computer in several years and havent really kept up with the new tech but im sure this will last me at least a few years. I just need it for high quality gaming and surfing the web.

Thanks for the time reading this post and all the suggestions you may give me. I plan on purchasing all this around mid-april. I know the new ivy-bridge cpus are coming out but i dont see much gain in it for me.
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  1. RAM : Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544 45$
    MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 130$
    GPU : EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130620 300$ and 280$ after rebates.
  2. sosofm said:
    RAM : Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544 45$
    MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 130$
    GPU : EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130620 300$ and 280$ after rebates.


    Go with that setup but get a 7870 or 7850 instead of the 570TI.

    I'd also swap your PSU with this (it's based off the Super Flower PSU platform I keep hearing so much about) :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817116011
  3. dish_moose said:


    Silverstone is a good manufacturer - I think they're underrated among PSU manufacturers. I have their ST1500 PSU in my $16K fantasy build. :lol:
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