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Recommendations? 1000-1200 brand new builder build

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March 22, 2012 7:44:23 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: may-summer
Budge Range: Ideally $1000-1200
System Usage: Gaming @ highest or near highest settings ( Diablo III), HoN, internet games, music listening, college school work
Parts not required: OS, Mouse, Speakers
Preferred Websites: Amazon, Newegg
Country: USA
Overclocking: I know nothing about this but maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
SLI/Crossfire: idk, would like my MoBo to be capable of SLI
Additional Comments: I want to stay relevant for the next few years. I know nothing about cooling but i would rather not mess with liquid cooling. I need the most help with making sure the Mobo has the right type and number of connections for my build, the Memory, GPU and PSU

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5Yaa
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5Yaa/by_merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
-2500K is cheaper than the 2500 so i went with it but dont know how to overclock.
-Do i need an aftermarket CPU fan?
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
-know little about MoBo's but will want to ad a good 120GB SSD in the future
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
-can stay or go but 8GB
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
-I want to stick with 1 TB and 7200RPM
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB Video Card ($354.99 @ Microcenter)
-or will GTX 570 1.25G be enough for now?
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
-love the large fans (quiet) and the 3.0 USB. open to comparable mid size with 3.0 and large fans
Power Supply: OCZ 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
-don't want to replace if i add a video card, is this one too big?
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
-can be a cheap dvd reader if it needs to be
Monitor: Asus VH232H 23.0" Monitor ($153.98 @ Newegg)
-23" monitor at least
Keyboard: Logitech K270 Wireless Standard Keyboard ($25.71 @ Amazon)
Total: $1280.48
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-03-22 16:28 EDT-0400)
March 22, 2012 7:51:27 PM

Your build look good.
For gaming use a wired keyboard and mouse.Ask any gamer.
March 23, 2012 6:58:27 PM

Thanks for your response sosofm. i have revised my build to include a good wired gaming keyboard, cpu fan and a smaller psu.
i noticed that my mobo doesn't support SLI which is something that i want to be able to upgrade to in the future.
recommendations?
Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/607T
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/607T/by_merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9700 LED Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB Video Card ($354.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VW246H 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1268.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-03-23 15:53 EDT-0400)
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March 23, 2012 9:34:47 PM

The Gigabyte you have is perfectly capable. Also change the cooler to a Hyper 212EVO. ZAlman coolers don't give much performance. Also instead of the 570 get the 7870 or 7950, they totally beat it and they are more efficient and quiter
March 23, 2012 9:35:42 PM

Also the SIDEWINDER is pretty horrible, I have 2 :(  Try a Corsair K60/K90 or something mechanical, maybe a RAzer Arctosa/Lycosa
March 23, 2012 9:50:31 PM

i totally suggest 7870 and 7950 as a gpu they are great. i also suggest a wired mech keyboard/mouse.
March 24, 2012 5:21:33 AM

Thank you all for the advice! In an effort to lower my cost, i have decided to nix the pcu cooler since I don't plan on over clocking right away, this way I can save the cash until I decide to upgrade.
There are so many raving reviews around for the SIDEWINDER and I cant justify shelling out more than $50 for a keyboard right now. Especially since I am upgrading from a 5 yr old mac stock board.
I picked the mobo that sosofm suggested before i looked at his reply so im gonna sick with that one.
From the previous post I deleted the CPU Cooler, changed the MoBo and the GPU to your guys suggestions (after a little research they both do look like better options.) and moved to an LED monitor with a considerably higher contrast ratio in the $150-$200 category. The Asus VS248H-P has a HDMI and a VGA port while the one i had picked previously, the Asus VW246H, has a HDMI, VGA and a DVI.
**My question is: what will i be missing out on if i go for the first monitor with the higher contrast ratio but no DVI port. What wont i be able to plug into it?
Do you guys see any where else that I can save a few bucks or other compatability problems?
Thank you very much for your help.
Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/61sT
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/61sT/by_merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($186.13 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1250.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated 2012-03-24 02:07 EDT-0400)
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