Hi, this is my first time attempting to build my own gaming PC from scratch with a budget hopefully falling within a total of USD$1200-$1500. After researching a few of the parts for the past few days, I've come up with a rough idea of what I want in the PC as listed below. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22bzk Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22bzk/by_merchant/ Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22bzk/benchmarks/ CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($316.13 @ Newegg) Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1283.00 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) COMMENTS ON PART LISTNG CPU I chose the 3570K as I am open to overclocking. However, still deciding if I should just go with the new Haswell 4670 since I've read that overclocking doesn't really show results for a gaming rig + not sure if I'm confident enough of overclocking. Motherboard Many builds I've seen that use the 3570K utilize this motherboard so I guess it goes pretty well with the Ivy Bridge. Storage SSD for installing of the Windows 7 OS and the HDD for installation of games and the like. Video Card My 2nd choice as of the moment. Open to possible SLI/Crossfire configurations but unsure of which graphic cards are worth dual-pairing right now. VERY open to suggestions and opinions on this. Main choice is the new SAPPHIRE R9 280X 3GB TOXIC Edition but currently not available in my country. Hopefully it'll be released over the course of this month. Case Read good reviews about this case. Ideally a Mid Tower, other considerations are : -NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($105.98 @ Newegg) -Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply Enough for possible overclocking? Any feedback and suggestions greatly appreciated. Like I've said I'm new to building a gaming rig so I am willing to put careful thought into any opinions put forward.