I am about ready to pull the trigger on building my first desktop and am wondering if this list checks out. I am not a super intense gamer; the most my rig would ever do is run Battlefield 3 and a drafting program. Though I do like to have a computer with some punch.
Below is the new build template!
Approximate Purchase Date: Next week
Budget Range: 750 after shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, lasting a long time
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: None, all new parts
Do you need to buy O/S: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Parts Preferences: I like ASUS, Intel, Corsair, and EVGA
Overclocking robably no, could be convinced otherwise on the GPU
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080
Additional Comments: I want as quiet of a PC as possible, within reason.
That Z68 board won't be able to use the 3570K out of the box without a BIOS update. Make sure your RAM is low profile. And a Radeon 6870 will give you far better performance in games than that 550TI will.
What is wrong with that original Corsair RAM again, G unit? You said something about low-profile? I am not super attached to the original RAM, but it looked cool and had awesome reviews.
If you ever decide that you want to overclock your CPU - that RAM will make adding an aftermarket cooler much easier. But never rely on stores for product reviews - most of the time they're completely baseless.
Pointless to get a Sandy Bridge CPU with a newer motherboard - you'll lose quite a bit of functionality. Overclocking is not always going to work on sub-$900 budgets, which is why I don't always recommend it. If the OP had a higher budget I would be recommending a 3570K. I suggest doing a bit more research before posting links to random parts and saying they're better than what I chose.