New Build - General Advice?

First solo build. Would like some advice on selected parts. I've cross-checked for compatibility, but for all I know...

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two (or should I wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday?)

Budget Range: $850 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: general work computer, moderate gaming (just trying to keep up with the new stuff. don't care if it maxes stuff out. just want smooth/playable games)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States (Washington state, if it makes a difference)

Parts Preferences: Intel/nVidia loyalty - just had better experiences in the past

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Self-picked parts are below. Any advice helps! Also wondering if I should take advantage of current deals, or would prices be a lot better all around in the Black Friday/Cyber Monday time-frame?

Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G

MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

EVGA 01G-P3-1560-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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

DVD Burner:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550 550W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

Any advice for a new builder would be nice too! I'm excited to get going :bounce: Thanks! :)
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  1. Best answer
    much more balanced

    id also suggest getting a SSD to increase the system's snappiness by miles but it doesnt quite fit into the budget.
  2. I was going to comment on the motherboard, but TheBigTroll got it covered.
  3. Believe me, if I could do a SSD, I would. But it's just out of my range, because I need the extra space too. I've heard mixed reviews about ASRock, but I'm willing to give it a try. Is the only difference between micro and full size ATX the extra slots? Also, is there a comparable nVidia card in a similar price range? I've just had negative experiences with ATI cards (had a few die on me). Everything else seems great! Thank you!

    I'm sorry if any of this is noob-ish. Very new to the building scene.
  4. mATX has fewer expansion slots, but if you do not need the extra features of a full-sized ATX board, get an mATX board. No comparable NVIDIA cards are in that range, except maybe the 660ti.
  5. Best answer selected by navi247.
  6. Sounds good. I shouldn't need the extra slots, so mATX it is! Last question: would there be better deals on all this stuff in the holiday shopping season/Black Friday, or am I looking at the best prices right now?
  7. There probably would be, but that's up to you.
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