Help me choose the parts for my gaming PC?

MichaelTS

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Approximate Purchase Date: a month or two


Budget Range: somewhere around the $1000-$1300 range


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: only newegg


Country of Origin: united states


Parts Preferences: doesn't matter to me


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: might crossfire in the future


Monitor Resolution: 1920 X 1080


Additional Comments: I've never built my own computer, and I have very little knowledge of computers and the parts used in them.

The current parts I've chosen:

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_sp=Pers_ProductPopular-_-19-115-072_1_DM-_-14-150-515

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

DVD burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

I can't decide what to choose for the rest of the parts in my computer. I would appreciate it if someone could suggest which parts to use, and perhaps recommend some parts better than what I've chosen.
 
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $129.99 + $7.87 Shipping
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.694806 $264.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)...

vigilante212

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You will need a power supply 650 to 750 watt should work fine for single card for crossfire might wanna just start with an 850 watt. You also need a hard drive for your price range getting a 128 SSD and a 1 terabite should work quite well. If your thinking of overclocking an aftermarket heat sink is a must, most people like the hyper 212. I can't think of anything else
 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049 $94.99 - $69.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $129.99 + $7.87 Shipping
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.694806 $264.98 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $27.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696136 $72.48
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594 $239.99 - $219.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594 $239.99 - $219.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Total: $1,070.41 *not including shipping and rebates

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3 <----- A better look at that Asrock board
 
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MichaelTS

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OK, so I've pretty much decided on everything except the GPU. Out of the following video cards, which should I get: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129166 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102925 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521

So many to choose from. The lifetime warranty of the visiontek and XFX seem very nice to me, and the HIS/sapphire cards seem like decent choices as well. Putting their prices aside, which one of these should I get? Or is there a video card on newegg that's superior to those I listed?
 

I thought this was supposed to be a gaming build? Something is very wrong if the best you can do is a 6870 with your budget. Especially when you have $165 with shipping suck into that case.

You have too much money into the case and not nearly enough into the gpu.
 

That XFX you linked is a good card and would be a good choice imo. You can always add another one of those later on.