$650 Gaming Build... Look over please!

Approximate Purchase Date: Actually, probably late April, so I might wait for the i5 3750k (I think that's what it's called)

Budget Range: $700 at the most, as a final price

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (FPS like BF3, CoD, and Skyrim), surfing.

Parts Not Required: Windows 7 Ultimate, Crucial 256GB SSD, optical drive (mine is usb connected), monitor, keyboard, mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter.

Country: I live in the US (Indiana), but I would prefer for the parts not to be China-made (although that's just for reliability)

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes, later on

SLI or Crossfire: No. I'm assuming it's useful for multiple monitors, and I don't have the budget for TWO cards either.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I would prefer quiet, I don't need ANY "bling" whatsoever, and I'm looking for performance, reliability, and ease to put together.



So I know I've put like two of these up before, but this time I think I really have my build! Look over it, please:

My GPU and RAM are in a combo, so the link is to the combo
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6870
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

CPU: i5-2500k (or if the i5 3750k comes out in April, I'll get that one)

Mobo: ASRock Pro3 Gen3

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912

PSU: Antec 550W continuous

For overclocking, am I going to need an external CPU fan? I mean, I'm not going to be overclocking very far...

So how does this look? Any more recommendations? I'd like to say thanks to sosofm, e56imfg, dish_moose, geekapproved, stickg1, and maxor1. Sorry if I've forgotten anybody. They took me from a $500 piece of junk to a $650 piece of quality junk ;) (that'll last me a few years). If you have any recommendations, please post them! Also, of course, I did check for the RAM and CPU to be compatible with the mobo, but apart from that, I don't know if everything is compatible.

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  1. if this is a mainly gaming rig you can drop down to a i3-2120 or a i5-2400 and put more into your gpu as far as compatibility i noticed no problem the psu, motherboard, ram, case and motherboard all seem compatible :)
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