Computer Newbie - New Gaming Build ~$1100

Hello, I don't know much about computer hardware. I would like a PC to play new games on high settings. I'm willing to spend $1100, and played about with a build. If you can make it more efficient and less expensive, please help. Also, I think I need an optical drive to install Windows 7?

Approximate Purchase Date:
Within the week

Budget Range:

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Playing games, using Google Chrome, doing homework

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
None preferred


Parts Preferences:
Non preferred

I don't know (?)

SLI or Crossfire:
I don't think so

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments:
Is this build good? If it's complete rubbish, I don't mind seeing a new build.

Also, I'm going to be using the computer in my room in the upstairs of my house (above the main floor). It's very hot in here and my laptop always throttles when I'm using it up here. In the basement where it's cool, that barely happens.

Lastly, I also want to use wireless internet because the router is in the basement, and I want the computer in my room.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.03 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Memory Express)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($17.56 @ DirectCanada)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Antec 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($63.48 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($129.00 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($95.99 @ Computer Valley)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($17.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $1226.99
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-13 16:56 EDT-0400)


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  2. Get the 3570K.
    Don't get a sound card unless you're an audiophile/ have a sound system.
  3. obsama1 said:
    Get the 3570K.
    Don't get a sound card unless you're an audiophile/ have a sound system.

  4. Thanks guys. I will be making these changes.
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