All parts chosen, but need some expert advice before I buy

Hi all. New member here and actually quite new to building PCs, so you might have to s p e a k s l o w l y :)

I've basically got to a position where I am almost ready to buy, but I just wanted to run my selections past some experts. I have put a few comments by some of the parts and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Really want to make sure everything is compatible (I think it is), plus I have concern on the motherboard and PSU side of things... :pt1cable:

CPU: i5-2500k


GPU: GeForce GTX 560Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
[Was tempted by the 570, but can't justify the price. The 560Ti seems to hold its own and seems like it will be a good match with the CPU.]

MOB: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 Intel Z68 Socket 1155 Motherboard
[Really not sure about this. I feel I am paying too much and won't make use of half of the features. I had intended to go for a cheaper Gigabyte board, but I keep hearing terrible things about boot loops, DOA kit and short lifespans. I think I could make some serious savings if I went for a cheaper board, but I really don't know which. Plus people say this board is good with the i5 CPU?]

PSU: Xigmatek NRP-VC603 600W
[The more I read the more I think I should buy a Cooler Master GX 650W for a little more. Maybe if I can save some money on the MOB I could do this?]

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
[It's just RAM, but seems popular brand]

CASE: Antec 302 Three Hundred Two Gaming Case
[Looks pretty good and good price]

Haven't bothered listing HDD or optical drive... I'll find something or other.
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  1. Definitely get a cheaper mobo and a smaller PSU and use more on the GPU. 550 is rather underwhelming.
  2. 550? I'm getting the GTX 560Ti... I thought that was a pretty good card?
  3. if you can get this psu it's a very nice psu
    http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Enthusiast-Series-Certified-Performance/dp/B004MYFODI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341418372&sr=8-1&keywords=750w
    I have the 850w version and let me tell you this thing is a beast!
    also the motherboard is very good but i mean i would get cheaper one and get a bbetter psy like finneousPJ said and get a better gpu such as
    http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-11200-01-20G/dp/B007JCNOZA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341418653&sr=1-1&keywords=hd+7850 this card is from what i hear as good as the gtx 580 so get this instead
  4. for ram you can go for the 2x4gb g.skill value series ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308
    be sure to check if your motheroard is 240pin
    Nice case I would recommend teh HAF 912 but thats just what I like just check it out and compare it its also about 60 dollars so it just goes to what you like
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-KKN1/dp/B003ZM7YTA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341418963&sr=1-1&keywords=HAF+912
    screw the i5 2500k if you like intel get it but i think that if you like to do many things at one definetely look into getting a fx-8150... but thats a different socket so you would have to change motherboards and I mean i have a 8120 which is 8 cores 3.1 ghz each core and the 8150 is 15 dollars less that the 2500k and is 8 cores 3.6ghz each core. If you like this cpu be sure to do a lot of research on both the 2500k and fx-8150 to make sure you buy the one that fits your computer using style! anyways here is the link to a motherboard that can support it and the cpu
    Motherboards
    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-990FXA-UD3-990FX-SATA-Motherboard/dp/B0055QYKQO/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341419167&sr=1-3&keywords=am3%2B
    http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-970A-UD3-AM3-SATA-Motherboard/dp/B0055Q88EO/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341419197&sr=1-6&keywords=am3%2B
    CPU
    http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FX-8150-8-Core-Processor-Socket/dp/B005UBNLFK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341419212&sr=1-1&keywords=fx-8150
  5. Oh sorry I must be tired I totally read 550 Ti. Well anyway my point stands save some money on a couple of components and get a better GPU. 7850 is just about the sweet spot ATM for 1080p gaming.
  6. yes it is so just keep the cpu then I think youll like it for gaming I just run around 9 programs at one time so hopefully every thing works out and true that the 7850 can satify your gaming needs. Ok just one more thing you should buy a hyper 212 plus for you cpu. make sure its compatible with your socket before ordering it but its only like 25 dollars so it's completely worth it. http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341420037&sr=1-1&keywords=212+plus as well you should buy some fans for your case so the airflow is very nice those parts will get pretty damn hot
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