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

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March 14, 2012 7:40:15 AM

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
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

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

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

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

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

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.
249.99 after rebate
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.

March 14, 2012 4:12:18 PM

sosofm said:
RAM : Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 45$
MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 130$
GPU : EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 300$ 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) :
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