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I'm not that concerned about eye candy, being able to run everything is more important to me. I already have a copy of windows 7, and don't plan on overclocking. Any criticisms?

CPU Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $149.99 @ Microcenter
Motherboard Biostar H61MGC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $49.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $37.99 @ Newegg
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $89.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores 1.25GB Video Card $229.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case $47.99 @ Microcenter
Power Supply Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply $64.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer $17.98 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping and discounts when available. $688.91
Looks like a solid build to me.
Wow... If I could get that build for that price I would. But I wish I knew where you found those items for those prices haha
Not to doubt you, or you may have discounts but just to make sure...

The GTX 560 listed on Newegg for $229 isn't the one with 448 cores.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814130604
Unless you were talking about the EVGA with 448 cores after rebate being $229.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814130738

If you want the non 448 cores GTX 560 Ti, then I recommend getting the Radeon 6870 instead, it is $50 cheaper and performs 1-2 fps slower in BF3.

If you want the 448 cores GTX 560 Ti and don't have a copy of Battlefield 3 then I recommend getting this card that comes with the game.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814500231
it will run bf3 well. on the auto high setting, you will be pushing 50-55 frames depending if you run the 448 core model or not.(about a half dozen frame difference). with a 6870 you will be pushing almost 50 frames(about the same as the non 448 core model, and with a 6850 you can push 40 frames, all in 1080p of course. this is a full 64 multiplayer benchmark in caspian border using fraps.

and to be honest with you, i cant tell any spec of difference in auto medium and auto high settings, except for a solid 60 fps with vsync enabled on a 60 hertz monitor.(maybe its my antique eyeballs, lol)