First time builder $500-$600

Approximate Purchase Date: mid/end of May

Budget Range: $500-$600 before rebates (don't really trust most rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WOW, LoL, D3, GW2 ), browsing internet

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:going to use microcenter, newegg, amazon, anywhere reliable with good prices

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: intel for cpu, nividia for gpu (heard amd has issues with WOW)

Overclocking: Yes (4.2-4.5 if i can)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar TZ77XE3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.00 @ B&H)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $585.94
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-04-30 18:40 EDT-0400)

that's what I have so far
Still sort of on the fence if ivy bridge is worth it with the heat issues. Not sure which mobo to pick either. I want to OC 4.2-4.5 and have the option for SLI in the future. Also going to be using the $50 off combo at microcenter. This will primarily be used for gaming (wow, LoL, D3, tera, gw2 ). I left the GPU out on purpose as I will be adding one at a later date (560ti or kepler equiv) Have an external drive and a laptop i'm going to use for data storage so HDD isn't needed.
Trying to keep this in the 500-600 range. Still not even sure if my needs warrant an i5 or I should drop to i3.
Any all input appreciated :D
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  1. nothing??
  2. If you are buying your CPU at microcenter, you should buy the MB there too and get the $50 off.

    I think right now a 3570K + ASrock Extreme4 (for OC/SLI) from MC is hard to beat.

    I would go with a 3570K for the time being if you are waiting on a GPU... so at least you get HD 4000.
  3. pijh said:
    If you are buying your CPU at microcenter, you should buy the MB there too and get the $50 off.

    He already is...

    Anonymous said:
    ...Also going to be using the $50 off combo at microcenter...

    Build looks solid. I might suggest an ASUS or Gigabyte board over the Biostar though.
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