First Time PC Builder/Gamer

I'm a first time PC gamer and am looking to either buy or build my own rig. I want to be able to play bf3 on higher quality. I researched some parts, but am not sure if they fit together correctly and if they are exactly what I am looking for.

CPU-Intel Core i5-2380P Sandy Bridge 3.1Ghz

GFX-Sapphire Raedeon HD 6950 2 GB

Motherboard-Asus P8Z77-V

RAM-G. Skill RipJaws Series 8GB (2x4GB)

Hard Drive-Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500 GB

Optical Drive-Asus 24x DVD Burner

Power Supply- Antec HCG-750 750W

Case-Rosewill RANGER ATX midtower

Not sure if all these parts fit together, and i am not sure if I will need anything else to make it work. Im also looking to spend around $600-700. I think this is about $150 over, but im not sure what exactly i need and if i can cut the price. If anyone can help that would be great. Thanks
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  1. Parts are compatible - even if you do have a Sandy Bridge CPU and Ivy Bridge motherboard.
    Your build list is also missing an OS.
    You'll probably need to trim cost a bit in several parts. CPU/MB, GPU/PSU

    Want more options and opinions?
    You might want to jump on over to the Systems > New Build section of the THG forums where they handle about a couple dozen of these requests per day. And they are more in tune with current prices, sales and combo deals.

    If you fill out the form in *How To Ask For New Build Advice* you'll answer all the standard questions that help things get started
  2. right. someone should make a sticky called "buy this stuff"

    first off, i don't know how much you are paying for that 6950 (i'v seen them for really low prices in "flash deals") but save some cash, get a 7850 or even a 560ti OR if you want top-end performance get a 670GTX.

    again, save some cash and grab a 650w psu.

    use the cash you saved to buy a 3570k

  3. digdog said:
    right. someone should make a sticky called "buy this stuff"

    You can buy the stuff in my sig.

    (you see what i did there? :lol: )
  4. Here's a starting point for you.

    $45 ($35 after mail in)

    i5 2500K

    $30 ($20 after rebate)
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

    ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61

    Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    XFX FX-785A-CNFC Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition 2GB

    ASUS 24X DVD Burner

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB

    Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Total $697 before rebates and shipping.

    *if you need to purchase a copy of windows, swap the 2500k and Hyper 212 for

    I3 2100

    which with $100 win7 home would put it at $687 before rebates and shipping.
  5. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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