First time build - opinions?

Hi I was hoping that I could get a general opinion on my first build. Any advice or opinions would be much appreciated. I was looking at buying a pre-built comp, however after looking at the price of the Alienware X51, and a few others I thought it might be best to try and build my own. The current build listed below will cost: 1,161.00 with shipping and an operating system. I currently use a Sony Vaio laptop, and want to move to a desktop computer for my gaming needs. I do plan on visiting some of the computer parts stores in Toronto in the next few days in order to see if I can get some savings here, and save on shipping.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Hopefully in the next 1-3 weeks

Budget Range: 1000.00 / shipping and taxes 1200.00 (Live in Canada)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet and Gaming


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

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-M Pro LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L )

RAM: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Optical Drive: SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

COST with Instant savings:
CPU: 224.99
GPU: 179.99
MOBO: 123.99
RAM: 52.99
HDD: 109.99
PSU: 79.99
CASE: 89.99
OP SYSTEM: 109.99

With Instant savings: 991.41 (instant savings =114.00)
With shipping and taxes: 1161.63
Also there are also $45 worth of mail in rebates.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:e.g.:
Toronto, Ontario

Does this seem like a good build to run games on high settings (BF3, SKYRIM etc) at 1920X1080?
Again any thoughts or opinions would be great.

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  1. Yes you will run those games at high settings. I would only suggest that you go Ivy bridge with a Z77 board.

    I would get a i5-3570K which is $10 more and get this board which is $10 cheaper:

    Price will be a wash and you will be better off.
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