First Time Build - $600 Budget-Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: This week/Next week

Budget Range: $600 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photoshop(and other Adobe products), Microsoft Word, Internet Browsing.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768

Additional Comments: I am perfectly fine with going over my budget a little if need be. I am also planning on upgrading to Ivy Bridge in the future.

I have selected some parts, but since this is my first time building I would like to know if everything is compatible/recommended parts for my budget, needs, and future upgrade plan.

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM

This totals $642.92 after rebates.

Thanks in advance for any help
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    This is a better HDD for the same price. Hitachi is known for having a slightly higher failure rate than WD or Seagate.

    Also if you are going for the 2100, grab the 2120 for the same price now, and get a little faster processor. Also there is a promo code for $10 off that ends 5/1. ($10 off w/ promo code HARDOCPX425B)
  2. Might I suggest switching from the Rose Will case to this NZXT case. The NZXT Lexa S is very roomy, has great cooling, and very efficient wire routing features. Also, it has 11 drive bays for upgrading in the future.

    I own one myself and would highly recommend it, being that it would only cost you another $30.00.
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