New gaming rig $700

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-4 months (Going to piece it together)

Budget Range: $700-$1000 (lower the better, but not if it I can get better for a little bit more, I don't like to cheap out and would like to have a system that will last me another 5 years or so (like my last system). I'm constantly checking newegg discounts for the parts I need)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly Gaming (WoW, Rift, Guild Wars 2), Playing music (iTunes), Excel/Word usuage (minimal), Surfing Internet.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or maybe microcenter (trying to find a way to get parts from there, I'm about an 1 1/2 hours away, not worth the gas unless I can find someone to pick up for me, so more preferably is newegg, but I always like to shop around)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I like ASUS on motherboard (Z68?). Going to be purchasing a ASUS monitor soon, but not sure which.

Overclocking: Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, later down the road if it would make that much of a difference.

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $129.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - $179.99 (Microcenter) (I know this is cheaper through microcenter)

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $54.99 after rebate and promo code

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $46.99

Will parts listed be able to run games like WoW and Rift on high?
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  1. Rough build
    Asus P8Z68 V
    G.Skill 8GB 1600 RAM
    Sapphire 7850
    CM690 II or HAF 922
  2. Check out my $850 build here:
    Just get the i5 2500K and motherboard combo that Microcenter has where if you buy a i5 2500K you can get $50 off on the motherboard. I'd suggest the Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 if you do this.

    The HX650 is not worth it honestly. Overpriced and only provides 650w, even though it is modular and performs well, @ $130 that's the price of some Modular 850w. Check out the PSU I suggested in my link or this OCZ ZS 750. Great PSU and modular. Cheap too.
    After the promo it's only $94 and after the gift card around only $78.
  3. Since you are not buying everything yet. I would suggest seeing if kelper gpu's will work well.
  4. @adgjlsfhk Thanks for the heads up on the RAM @ Microcenter. Kingston is what I have in my current system and I've never had problems, so I'll probably pick that up. Also, regarding Kepler I will do that. I think right now I'm set on the 7850, but will wait and see what comes out from Kepler. I'm just trying to get an idea of what I'm looking at and what's good. I'm first going to buy the PSU and RAM and things like that, that won't have a big change like the GPU. Because the PSU I could use in my current system (noisy annoying fan that's going out). Is there a reason for looking at the different cases? Or just because? I want to make sure I have a case that's very spacious (and still decent price) because with my current 8800GTS card, it barely fit in my case I have now.

    @aznshinobi I can't seem to find the i5-2500k and motherboard combos. I found some AMD combos, but not for the i5-2500k. Thanks for the suggestion on the PSU, I thought that was a bit much for the Corsair, and the one you suggested is good and much cheaper!

    Get the i5 2500K w/ the Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3. It makes the cost only $280 together.
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