Updated 2:58PM EST: ~$1100 System

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I'm looking for a middle of the road fairly upgradeable gaming PC for home. I'm in canada, so all of these are newegg.ca prices, not .com. Not sure if their stock is the same or not. Here's what I have on newegg so far.

-Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit $109.99
-Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SSD 119.99 (for OS)
-DIY Bundle of stuff from newegg $559.51 (-$55 when combo-ed)
*Intel Core i5 2500k
*Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
*Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
*MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
*Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
*G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBXM
*BYTECC 6 ft. 18AWG Power Cord w/ 3 Conductor PC Power Connector – Black Model POWERCORD-6K
-EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $139.99 ($20 mail in rebate)
-LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS70 - OEM $17.99
-HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 119.99 ($10 rebate with code)
-LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard $9.99
-RAZER DeathAdder Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor $44.99

Can you guys see any glaringly bad problems? The only thing I'm considering adding is a wireless card because I might not be able to run a cable to the computer, but I'm not really a hardware guy, so I have no idea if I'm missing something totally obvious or if I could be saving money. I know I could get a crap mouse, but I like the deathadder and I figured I could spoil myself there.

I'm thinking it might be worth it to split up the combo and make up the $55 buying different pieces separately.

Also I don't really plan to overclock anytime soon, so I don't think I need any aftermarket cooling yet.

Thoughts?

edit:

I tried another site suggested below and made a similar PC. There were no bundles, so I kind of had to guess a little more. Here's the build on that site. They had lower prices so I threw in a PCI wireless card:

Coolermaster GX 750W 80+ Power Supply SLI ATX12V V2.31 24PIN Active PFC PCI-E 120MM Fan
$20.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - click here
Yes $94.30 $94.30

Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Keyboard English USB WIN/MAC Black
Yes $13.53 $13.53

Samsung E2220X 21.5IN LCD Monitor 1920X1080 Full HD 5ms 70000:1DCR VGA DVI - Black
Yes $119.69 $119.69

D-LINK DWA-552 Xtreme N Desktop Adapter 802.11B/G/N Triple Antenna PCI Adapter
Yes $44.71 $44.71

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
Yes $40.36 $40.36

ASUS P8P67 REV3.0 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI USB3.0 Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard
$15.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - click here
Yes $144.69 $144.69

Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black Retail
Yes $17.69 $17.69

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Windforce 820MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Video Card
$20.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - click here
Yes $164.69 $164.69

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
Yes $209.69 $209.69

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
Yes $98.70 $98.70

Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 64GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps
Yes $109.69 $109.69


Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green 1TB SATA 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
Yes $57.24 $57.24


Logisys CS308RD RED/BLACK ATX Tower Case 4X5.25 5X3.5IN 480W 80MM Blue LED Fan Front USB Audio
Yes $41.40 $41.40

Total: $1,156.38 ($1,101.38 after mail in rebates)
edit: compared to the above $1100.43 ($1080.43 after rebates)
 

way2lazy2care

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which 460 o_O

and how much better is a 460? I just looked at the best value card of the month chart thing and I think the 460 SE is on the same level as the 550ti.

double edit: the other direct canada site seems to have better prices, but they have a 460 1gb and a 460 1gb superclocked. The superclocked one is out of my desired price range I think, but if the normal one still performs great it's the same price as the 550ti on newegg.
 

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what is your "desired price ranged"
 

way2lazy2care

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Adding this down here as well:
I tried another site suggested above(directcanada) and made a similar PC. There were no bundles, so I kind of had to guess a little more. Here's the build on that site. They had lower prices so I threw in a PCI wireless card:

Coolermaster GX 750W 80+ Power Supply SLI ATX12V V2.31 24PIN Active PFC PCI-E 120MM Fan
$20.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - click here
Yes $94.30 $94.30

Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Keyboard English USB WIN/MAC Black
Yes $13.53 $13.53

Samsung E2220X 21.5IN LCD Monitor 1920X1080 Full HD 5ms 70000:1DCR VGA DVI - Black
Yes $119.69 $119.69

D-LINK DWA-552 Xtreme N Desktop Adapter 802.11B/G/N Triple Antenna PCI Adapter
Yes $44.71 $44.71

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
Yes $40.36 $40.36

ASUS P8P67 REV3.0 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI USB3.0 Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard
$15.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - click here
Yes $144.69 $144.69

Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black Retail
Yes $17.69 $17.69

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 Windforce 820MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Video Card
$20.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - click here
Yes $164.69 $164.69

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB
Yes $209.69 $209.69

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
Yes $98.70 $98.70

Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 64GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps
Yes $109.69 $109.69


Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green 1TB SATA 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
Yes $57.24 $57.24


Logisys CS308RD RED/BLACK ATX Tower Case 4X5.25 5X3.5IN 480W 80MM Blue LED Fan Front USB Audio
Yes $41.40 $41.40

Total: $1,156.38 ($1,101.38 after mail in rebates)

edit: compared to the above $1100.43 ($1080.43 after rebates)
 

way2lazy2care

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Sorry for the bump, but I wanted to make sure the second system was good.

I could also still order the evga GTX 550 ti from newegg for $119 and save $20 and get a copy of dungeon siege 3.
 
CoolerMaster is a middle-of-the-pack PSU maker.

from teh above build, instead I'd make the following change:

Swap the Coolermaster 750 with an Antec Hard Core Gamer 620W ($69.99 w/ $20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371048

and use the saved money to get a Sapphire HD6870.

I'd also replace the Logisys case with a useles PSU and only 80mm fans with the almost the same price Rosewill Blackbone ($39.99), which comes with 2 120mm fans.