First time - advice appreciated


Jul 9, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

Budget Range: 700-800 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming mostly and surfing the web.

Parts Not Required: Basic keyboard and mouse.
Monitor - Samsung SyncMaster 2333.

Power Supply - Corsair TX750w

Video Card (for now at least) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Yes at some point I would like to.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes in the future I would like to have the option to if I wanted.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
What I have picked out so far.

Drive - LITE-ON DVD Burner 18.99

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 59.99

Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive 54.99

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL x2 79.98

MoBo - GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 139.99

Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor 219.99

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium - OEM 99.99

For a total of 673.92 before shipping

If i decide to start overclocking I will start looking into more cooling options. I have never built my own CPU from scratch before most I have done up to this point is video cards and power supplies on store bought computers.

Any suggestions that might make for a better cpu would be awesome. Thanks in advance.