First gaming / performance build - Opinions & Recommendations?

Hello everyone. This is my first diy build and I wanted opinions and recommendations based on the components I've picked out. In total this rig looks to come in around $1000 when finished.

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3 AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with eyefinity

Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550 550W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single 12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model

Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

COOLER MASTER R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm Blue LED Case Fan
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  1. Don't include MS Office in your budget - get Open Office, it's free.

    What's the budget and what's the primary use? I wouldn't go AMD right now - go with Intel, faster and better CPUs overall.
  2. Its a gaming rig for the most part. I'd like to keep the budget under $1000 if I can.
  3. Nikki2012 said:
    Its a gaming rig for the most part. I'd like to keep the budget under $1000 if I can.

    Then definitely lose the MS Office license - it's not a required part of a gaming system. Get Open Office as it's free and has all the programs that MS Office has.

    Here's what a $1K build I recommend looks like:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
    Total: $999.84
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  4. Thank you for the recommendations. I'll take a look at the components you linked.
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