Building a ~$800 gaming comp from Best Buy

Approximate Purchase Date: within the month

Budget Range: under $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (MMORPGs, RTS/MOBA games), school work, internet

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Best Buy items, not Marketplace)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Open to suggestions

Overclocking: probably not on this system

SLI or Crossfire: not likely

Monitor Resolution: best I can get in my price range (laptop currently at 1680x1050)

Additional Comments: Something that will run games (MMORPGs, RTS/MOBAs) smoothly/comfortably for a couple years (don't need 100 fps on ultra settings)
Hey all, Alex is the name. I've been using my Asus G50v-A1 laptop for almost 3 years now and I'm looking to build a tower (first time) that I can upgrade in to the future. I'm on a limited budget right now, but want to build something that will allow me to add in power when necessary and budget allowing. The reason I'm wanting to build this from parts available through Best Buy is three fold; 1) I'm actually a Best Buy employee so I can get a limited discount on some items [our discount is cost+5% so on things like CPU and MoBo I get very little, but on things like case and PSU I can save a few bucks] 2) I can take advantage of the 6/18 month interest free financing of my Best Buy card, and 3) I can have all the parts shipped to store for free and pick them up after my shift- That's my diabolical plan anyway. Like I said it's my first time so if you feel inclined to correct me, please do! Being my first time I wanna make sure I get it done right. I've gone back and forth between Newegg/Tiger Direct and trying to find parts that are budget friendly, well reviewed, strong enough to feel smooth for a little while, as well as be upgradable into the future (with Ivy Bridge and such on the horizon). Alas, here is what I've come up with:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120/2130
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 550 Ti 1GB or would I get more for my money out of a Radeon card?
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 7200 RPM
PSU: Corsair Builder Series 600W
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM
Case: Haven't decided yet, like the looks of the Cooler Master HAF series (912, 922)
OD: Lite On - 22x

Like I said I'm a rookie and open to any advice/knowledge. I haven't factored in monitor/keyboard yet so any suggestions there would be great as well. Thank you all SO much for any help, it's much appreciated.
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  1. Best answer
    I would suggest a 560Ti video card, much better for gaming. Rest of the build looks pretty good.
    A 24" 1920x1080 monitor should be in the $160-$170 range.
  2. The 560 Ti is roughly $100 more, is the performance jump really dramatic?
  3. A Radeon 6790/6850 is better for a similar price.
  4. The jump is huge. The 550ti and 560ti are ages apart.
  5. Thanks a ton for all the imput so far! Looks like Best Buy isn't as Radeon friendly...couldn't find the 6790 and only found one 6850 - I haven't heard a whole lot about Vision Tek so lemme know what you think of them, has good reviews anyway. The performance bump on that worth the $50 price increase over the 550 Ti?
  6. Uh, 6850s start at 130 on Newegg with rebate.
  7. Best answer selected by ajblackie.
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