First build: ~$1000 gaming rig

My current pc’s days are numbered and this is my first home build so insight is really helpful!

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: 900-1050 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, schoolwork, browsing

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon preferred, but anywhere cheaper/trustworthy works

Parts Preferences: No preferences as long as they are all compatible
Overclocking: I’d like to OC in the future

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (1440x900, adding a second monitor)

Additional Comments: I enjoy gaming but I’m no pro who has to have 70+ FPS.

Here is what I’ve put together so far. How does the compatibility look? As a moderate gamer, should I upgrade the GPU/Mobo? Any other advice for a noob?

Coolmaster HAF 912
Corsair Enthusiast 650W
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Intel i5 2500k
SG Barracuda 1Tb
Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB
EVGA 560ti
Coolmaster 212 EVO
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  1. I think that looks good if you arent looking for anything EXTREME. I also have the 560ti pared with the i5 2500k and I play Battlefield 3 on Ultra.
    Good luck and have fun.
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    You could do alot better than that. Check out my $850 build here or my $1000 build:

    The 560 Ti is great, but the 7850/7870 are much better (the 7850 is slightly better) overclocks higher, runs cooler and consumes less power. So that's one thing and the PSU suggested in the list is going to give you more power for a similar price.
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