First Gaming PC, $900-1000 budget

I'm helping my boyfriend work on his first gaming PC, but neither of us have built a PC before and our friends who have can't seem to answer my questions. I've picked out what seem to be the best parts for him, but I want to check and make sure I'm not missing anything. Case will probably be picked out in person, but I'm budgeting about $50 for it anyway.

Needs: really wants to play Minecraft well. I know that shouldn't take much computer, or so we've been told (repeatedly) but his computer just can't hack it, even on the lowest settings, and mine is even worse than his. Some other games like Skyrim would be nice, too, and he may get more into gaming in the future if he has a computer that can actually run them, so longevity is important too.

What I've got thus far:

CPU: Intel i5 2500k - 160

Vid Card: Gigabyte Radeon 7870 2GB - 260

RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance - 40

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - 135

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB or WD Caviar Green 1TB - 80 or 85

PSU: EarthWatts Green Series - 76

Case: 50 (?)

Monitor/keyboard/mouse: already purchased

Windows 7/Office 2010: 70 with student discounts

Total: 871 or 876, depending on the hard drive.

I know he'll need some sort of cooling - would this build need liquid or just a fan? And I have no clue what differentiates the various types of RAM, so if I picked out a bad or good one please tell me. Is there anything to look out for in a case?

Sorry to ask so many questions, but he's finally decided to buy his system so I want to be able to help.

ETA: links that work and aren't an eyesore.
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  1. Don't get a sandy bridge CPU with an ivy bridge motherboard. Get the i5 3570K instead.Also, if you'll never overclock,save some money and get the i5 3450,which is identical but cannot overclock.
    I recommend a gtx 670 for futureproofing. Spend the extra.
    I recommend G Skill Ares 1600mhz ddr3 over corsair vengeance. Better value and performance in overclocking.
    The 1tb Seagate barracuda is cheaper right now.
    Here's a better psu http://newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104164
    Here is a good case http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67326&vpn=THREE%20HUNDRED%20TWO&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1043
    He'll only need cooling for overclocking, the case will do most of the work. Get the cooler master 212 EVO if that's the case.

    And post links without brackets please.
  2. Check out my build guide here for $850 here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    The total should be much less with the Microcenter discounts, but yeah, the 7850 is enough for Minecraft at highest settings @ 1080P and it shouldn't be a problem to run Skyrim, it'll save you some money but still providfe great frames.

    Cooling wise, unless he's overclocking, he shouldn't need a HSF. However, if he is overclocking, the Hyper 212+ or 212 Evo is a nice cheap solution that would be better than going with a Corsair Hydro or Antec Khuler route.
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  4. allanitomwesh said:
    Don't get a sandy bridge CPU with an ivy bridge motherboard. Get the i5 3570K instead.Also, if you'll never overclock,save some money and get the i5 3450,which is identical but cannot overclock.
    I recommend a gtx 670 for futureproofing. Spend the extra.
    I recommend G Skill Ares 1600mhz ddr3 over corsair vengeance. Better value and performance in overclocking.
    The 1tb Seagate barracuda is cheaper right now.
    Here's a better psu http://newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104164
    Here is a good case http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67326&vpn=THREE%20HUNDRED%20TWO&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1043
    He'll only need cooling for overclocking, the case will do most of the work. Get the cooler master 212 EVO if that's the case.

    And post links without brackets please.



    Im from the uk and i want to get the RAIDER 650 that you suggested, only problem is i can't find it :(
  5. uklee said:
    Im from the uk and i want to get the RAIDER 650 that you suggested, only problem is i can't find it :(

    This one comes close.
    http://www.saverstore.com/product/20076398/XFX-Pro-650W-Power-Supply-Unit-Core-Edition
  6. allanitomwesh said:
    Don't get a sandy bridge CPU with an ivy bridge motherboard. Get the i5 3570K instead.Also, if you'll never overclock,save some money and get the i5 3450,which is identical but cannot overclock.
    I recommend a gtx 670 for futureproofing. Spend the extra.
    I recommend G Skill Ares 1600mhz ddr3 over corsair vengeance. Better value and performance in overclocking.
    The 1tb Seagate barracuda is cheaper right now.
    Here's a better psu http://newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104164
    Here is a good case http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67326&vpn=THREE%20HUNDRED%20TWO&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1043
    He'll only need cooling for overclocking, the case will do most of the work. Get the cooler master 212 EVO if that's the case.

    And post links without brackets please.


    I talked to him, and the build he's going to shop for tomorrow (hopefully) is going to be the same as the one in the OP with a few differences:

    1. Grabbing better CPU - the 3570k is only $30 more at Micro Center, so he thinks that's a good upgrade over the 2500k.

    2. Grabbing the better ram - it's not much more expensive.

    3. Looking at prices on the gtx 670 as opposed to the radeon 7870, if they drop much below $400 this weekend he'll probably grab the 670 instead.

    4. Getting the cooler master 212 evo because he might overclock later, but mostly because his current computer runs HOT HOT HOT so he's paranoid. He'll be dusting this one out every three months, too.

    The one change I'm not sure of is the power supply you recommended - I can't tell what makes it better, could you explain please?

    Thanks!
  7. ^ my psu recommendation is more efficient.(gives 'cleaner ' power/all the power it claims)
    It should actually be silver rated. That efficient. You can easily sli on it.
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