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[New build] FIRST build, Need some advice =]

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July 17, 2012 9:45:07 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible =]

Budget Range: The less the best, lol.. Im aiming for 750-900 (USD)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, And a little bit more gaming, Interwebz, Movies and such..

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Openminded, I generally lean towards Newegg

Location: Savannah GA, USA

Parts Preferences: Again, Im openminded.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: Any pennies that can be pinched without a significant "loss" of performance would be GREATLY appreciated...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Im running an old Compaq with an Athlon 7550 inside, and a Nvidia 9500 ...

Basically, ive been mulling over a bunch of parts and assorted whatnots.. and this is my build as i have created it so far.. It totals out to about 915$ after promo codes, [before rebates], shipping, and additional parts like cables for the HD

Optical drive:ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Case: Rosewill Challenger BLACK [Toms Hardware Recommended! hehe.. ]

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

OS: Windows 7 64bit OEM [No real reason to link this, yes?]

Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-650 650W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

The MOBO and CPU are bundled
Cpu is: i5 3570k
Mobo is: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Heres a link to the bundle:

Basically.. this will be my first time ever build, Im incredibly excited about giving this a whirl but... the 915 bucks scares me a bit...
So for starters, Am i making any rookie mistakes here? Compatibility issues? That sort of stuff... and secondly.. Is there anyway i could drop my price some without severely crippling my performance or using UNRELIABLE brands? Any input you folks could give me would be greatly appreciated, Thanks so much in advance.

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July 17, 2012 10:42:46 PM

Well my first suggestion, while that is a great cpu, unless you ARE going to be overclocking then it is unnecessary. The "K" means it has an unlocked multiplier. If you do choose to overclock you will need to add a non-stock fan. Picking up the non "K" version of the cpu should save you a bit of coin.