New Build - Please Advise

So, a couple of weeks ago my 8-year-old "hot gaming rig" died (either the motherboard or chip), and since it stopped being a "hot" rig about six years ago, and for the last couple of years it's been just a "rig"... time to man up and build new. My main problem is that the last time I built a system was almost 15 years ago: assembling parts holds no terrors for me, but the nomenclature has completely changed, and the variety of options has expanded vastly. After two weeks of attempting to scale the learning curve and reading dozens of reviews, I've arrived at this setup. Where, I wonder, have I fouled up? Or have I managed to assemble a working beast? Please advise me.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: ~ $2000, less is better, of course

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, light productivity, gentle media consumption

Are you buying a monitor: Yes: ASUS VS series VS247H-P black 23.6" 2ms LED

Do you need to buy OS: Yes: Windows 7 Home Premium

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Parts Preferences: not really, looking for good quality & low cost

Overclocking: Yes, but not right away

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not right away

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: In some way this is more of a system than I actually need right now, but I am likely going to experiment with overclocking in the not too distant future, and I want to future-proof my machine against future uber-games that may require me to have more than 8GB RAM and/or just one video card.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My 8-year-old "hot gaming rig" died the True Death.

Case: Corsair Carbide series 300R Black Steel/Plastic ATX mid-tower

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6GB/s USB 3.0 ATX

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

RAM: G. SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) 240 pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

Power Supply: FSP Group AURUM GOLD 700W (AU-700) ATX12V/EPS 12V SLI Certified CrossFire ready 80PLUS GOLD Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Video: VisionTek 900505 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I have a 1TB external HD already, and the 250GB drive on my previous PC is still good, which is why I budget for only one new HD.

I will be getting a new keyboard and mouse, and I have to consider S&H charges on the components, which all factor in to my $2000 budget - right now I still have wiggle room, assuming prices for components don't jump up much more.

Is this a viable - and worthwhile - system?
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  1. looks like this is a duplicate post
  2. On a $2K budget you're paying way too much in some areas and not enough in others. That Z77 board will be useless with a 2500K, you'll need to get the 3570K or go Z68.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($417.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1394.44
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Add monitor/keyboard/mouse and you're good to go.
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