First Build

Ok, this is my first build and I am not completely positive on what I'm doing. I don't want to spend more than 800 dollars. I would look to be able to play some games, but I'm not a hardcore gamer. I would love to play Diablo 3. I am currently trying to make sure everything is compatible and that I've haven't made any stupid decisions in picking parts. I am hoping to buy my parts within a week and I am hoping to get them all off Newegg.

Here is what I am working with:

Thanks in advance!
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  1. I forgot to mention I already have a LITE-ON iHAS124 drive laying around.
  2. You can do a lot better with your current budget of $800. [Btw, you forgot to include a Power Supply in your list]
    Firstly, you'll want to stay away from AMD's new lineup of bulldozer CPU [Sure, it has 8 physical cores but in practice, the i5 2500k performs better 90% of the time]

    -Changed your AMD themed CPU/mobo to Intel's i5 2500k - much better performance and offers the option of overclocking in the future if required/desired [this is optional]

    -Added Aftermarket cooler for CPU; keeping your CPU cooler will extend it's hardware lifetime and better for your hardware in general [It's also quieter than the stock cooler]

    -Changed your 128GB Crucial SSD to a 500GB WD Blue HD [Not sure if you have a available HD lying around? and a 128GB SSD isn't a good idea for your main internal storage device; since a standard windows i7 install alone will take up 25-30GB, Diablo 3 is another 9GB, leaving behind [90GB] too little storage space for comfort] Your better off getting a 64GB Crucial SSD and use it as your boot drive
    Everything else; other games, movies, music, my little pony wallpapers!?!?!?[j/k ;P], etc can go on your Hard Drive.
    ***Note: Don't forget to include a 64GB Crucial SSD if you want it for your boot drive. [This is optional since SSDs aren't mandatory]

    -Changed 16GB Ram kit [Latency 9] to 8GB Ram Kit [Latency 7] [16GB of ram is overkill; since 8GB is more than enough for gaming and everyday use. On a side note; from reviews and benchmarks, it's been shown that Ram at 1600Mhz w/ Latency 7 is the sweet spot]

    -Changed from the 550ti to a 6870 - offfers much better performance for the same price! Benchmark comparison below!

    6870 vs 550ti

    As you can clearly see, the 6870 butchers the 550ti down to size.

    Antec 300 Illusion Case [$69.99 + free shipping]

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB [$74.99 + free shipping]

    XFX 6870 1GB [$169.99 + free shipping + $30 rebate]

    G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GBx2[8GB] Latency 7-7-7-21 Kit [$49.99 + Free Shipping]

    BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 [$119.99 - $10 instant = $109.99 + $4.99 shipping = $144.98]

    Intel i5-2500K [$219.99 + $10 free newegg promotional gift card + free shipping]

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler [$35 - $5 Instant = $29.99 + $10 rebate + free shipping]

    Corsair 650W Enthusiast Series [$89.99 + $10 Rebate + free shipping]

    Comes to a total of $814.92 before taxes and before rabate. This price drops down to $754 after $50 of rebate and a $10 gift card [Before taxes].
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