First (Gaming) Rig-Pointers?

Hey everyone,

I'm pretty new to building computers, but I'm not a total noob... Newegg videos ftw! I'd like to make a rig that's capable of playing most modern games (BF3, Max Payne 3, DIABLO 3 OMG) relatively well and while I do think that I will be installing upgrades in the long run (3+ years down the road...) I won't be buying new parts every 6 months or so. Student's budget :) I'm pretty sure that making it won't be too much of a problem, as I've got a friend who's an old hand at building.

I've got a budget of about $1600 and I've already got a pretty good idea of what to buy. I'd love some tips/feedback on what I've got planned, thanks!

Case: Corsair Obsidian 550D
Simply because it looks aesthetically pleasing and judging from the Newegg How to Build a Pc video, quite easy to use. I would also consider getting another case from Corsair's line if it's cheaper...

Motherboard: or a

I've looked at a few reviews and I hear that they're both great boards. Mainly getting them because of the Ivy Bridge compatibility! I'm not really sure which one would be right for me, but from what I can tell they seem pretty equal in terms of overclocking (though the Sabretooth has the edge (geddit?)).

CPU: Intel i5 3570K?

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure that this is the one to replace the 2500K? I don't really mind waiting for a month or two until it's released. I will be overclocking to squeeze some more performance outta it but I don't think I have the guts to push it more than 4.5 ghz? I'll be picking up a cheap aftermarket cooler just in case but I don't think I need to worry too much about that atm.

Graphics Card: Radeon 7850

I've already bought one :D I think that it's good for its performance/price as I haven't got the budget to go for a gtx 680. Would it be feasible for me to get crossfire in the future when the card starts showing it's age (2-3 years later)?

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb
I hear 8 is plenty for gaming, but I'm kinda thinking of getting 16 gb of RAM just for future proofing... Overkill or worth it?

SSD: 128gb... Need help!
I really don't know which one to buy, but I'm looking for one that is rather cheap (sub $140 range) but reliable and relatively fast... I think that an OCZ Agility's good?

HDD: WD's Velociraptor 1TB
New one from WD that spins at 10,000 RPM :D Should be pretty quick! Not really sure when it's available though... if it's too expensive I guess I'll just get a 1 TB Caviar Black.

PSU: Corsair 750w
Really don't know which one to get as they make so many... Help! I'd like to get one that's ready for crossfire in the future, and preferably modular because I think that'll help keep things tidy and manageable when I'm plugging in the bits. Would 750w cut it, or should I get more/less? I'd rather pay more for a reliable one that won't fail on me simply because I probably will get pretty frustrated taking everything out... although the modular thing will help out I guess :D

CD/Blu-ray Drive: Definitely gonna pick one up, although I don't think that this will be a huge concern because of the low prices...

Well that's all I can think of for now... Thank you for your time, have a nice day and please don't hesitate to give feedback!
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  1. my fav =mushkin chronos enhanced 119 sick speed best cust service

    the ones that the industry pushes as the best
    intel 520
    samsung 830 only have a 128 no 120
  2. Thanks man! Definitely gonna look into the Mushkin, and if it's not available locally I'll look into the Samsung (Y)
  3. bump!
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