Building my first gaming pc - advice?

Hello I want to know if the build i have picked so far is good or if there are better deals I can find or if there is some reason I shouldn't get one of these parts I have listed below. Thanks for the advice :)

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or next week

Budget Range: 900-1000 after rebates and shipping and tax and everything

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming mostly

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com because i'm familiar with it but any trusted website is good

Location: southern california, usa

Parts Preferences: intel cpu

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: my other computer is old and doesn't run most newer games

Here is my build so far:

Samsung 22x DVD Burner - $14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

Western Digital 1TB 7200 RPM 6.0gb/s hard drive - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

MSI Gtx560ti twin frozr - $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608

Antec 550W PSU - $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

Corsair 2x4GB DDR3 1600 - $45.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233202

ASRock B75 Pro3 motherboard - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157314

Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Fan - $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Rosewill RANGER gaming ATX Mid Tower - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147061

Intel i5-2500k processor - $159.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

Total cost = $910 (i already added tax and shipping)
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  1. Looks pretty good but i will suggest a view changes, first before i start do you near a microcenter? ok lets get to this I would suggest upgrading the cpu to an i5 3570k and to get the asrock z77 pro3. that will add about 50$. Next,The cpu cooler isn't really nessesary but if you want it you can keep it. and finally i would go with this gpu instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609 . The reason i would go with that are the benchmarks, here take a look http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-ghz-edition-radeon-hd-7850-review-rounding-out-southern-islands/11. Yes they are scattered but the lower the res the more the 7850 comes ahead but your choice :D
  2. He is not OCing.

    OP: That CPU is not needed if you're going to stick with stock clocks. I'd get the i5-3450.
  3. @spicy_benie Yes I live near a microcenter I have purchased from them before. Also, can you tell me what is the difference between the motherboard i have chosen and the one you have picked?

    @azeem40 you are right that I am not overclocking but the 3570k is 3.4 ghz while the 3450 is 3.1 ghz so isnt it still worth it to get the other one?


    Also this hard drive I found on the microcenter website:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375261
    it is $20 cheaper than the one on newegg but same features, different company. Does anyone know if it matters whether i get deskstar company or western digital?
  4. Ok because you live near a microcenter go with 3570k and asrock pro3 as it will be much cheaper, Edit: actually didn't see you linked to them lol. If you go with ivy bridge i would suggest z77 just because it is the newest i don't even think z75 will work with ivy, and that lil .3 ghz shouldn't make much of a diference but why not go with the 3570k ? more bragging rights :D
  5. Deskstar does have some of the fastest HDDs, but the one in the OP is a bit faster.
  6. mikedossa said:
    @spicy_benie Yes I live near a microcenter I have purchased from them before. Also, can you tell me what is the difference between the motherboard i have chosen and the one you have picked?

    @azeem40 you are right that I am not overclocking but the 3570k is 3.4 ghz while the 3450 is 3.1 ghz so isnt it still worth it to get the other one?


    Also this hard drive I found on the microcenter website:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375261
    it is $20 cheaper than the one on newegg but same features, different company. Does anyone know if it matters whether i get deskstar company or western digital?

    You won't see a difference between stock clocks.
  7. is ivy bridge actually better than sandy bridge? someone told me sandy bridge last longer, not sure though.
    the 2500k is 3.3 ghz and is $30 less than 3570k which is 3.4 ghz so thats why it seems like a good deal.

    also most people say the stock cpu fan sucks thats why i was getting the fan in the original post
  8. You might as well consider OCing then. Just switch the board to a Z77 one and add a $20 Hyper 212 Plus.
  9. no i will not OC but do you think the stock fan is good enough to last 5+ years without OC?

    also, i want to know if ivy bridge is better than sandy bridge
    the 3540 is $10 cheaper and 3.1 ghz the sandy bridge 2500k is 3.3 ghz , so which one should i get? the $10 really isnt too much of an issue
  10. I'd still get the 3450. You are wasting the 2500k's potential with a locked motherboard.
  11. get the 3450 all the way assuming thats what you mean?
  12. No.

    "I'd still get the 3450."
  13. lol idc about its potential just asking if the .2 ghz difference is worth $10 :)
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