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Building a PC for 1st time help?

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April 13, 2013 1:39:02 PM

Date I will buy: April 31 2013
Systems use: Game Only
Games I will play: BF3/4, Metro: Last Light, Day Z, Far Cry 3, The next repetitive re-skining of COD, Bio Shock: infinite, Dishonored, and ect.
Parts already acquired: Mouse (steelseries sensei), Speakers (Adioengine 5A+)
Part Needed: Tower (and every thing inside), Keyboard, and Monitor.
Country: USA
Preferences: I want it to have a big case, 16GB of Ram, and an SSD
OVERCLOCKING: If I need help cooking my PC I will go to the hardware store
Monitor Resolution: 1080p
Budget (for tower): 1300 a little over wont kill me but there needs to be good reasoning behind it.

Heres what Iv put together so far. I need a lot help mainly on GPU but any insight will be helpful.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
Motha Board: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Ram: Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
Storage: Crucial CT256M4SSD2 or Samsung
MZ-7PC256B/WW currently out of stock :( 
Video Card: you mean Intel’s godly onboard video card wont work?
Power Supply: what ever is needed with a little room to grow
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

Price – 1337.60

As you can see I’m already Over. I’m unsure that the graphic card is the right choice and I know ill be told to ditch the SSDs but I’m hoping not to have to. Please help me improve my build. Than you for your time.

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April 13, 2013 1:51:19 PM

Ditch the SSD? Nah, just get a cheaper one. However, I will tell you to ditch the 16 GB RAM. 8 GB is plenty for gaming. A cheaper 2 GB GTX 670 should be fine, and there's an incredible deal on a 750W modular Seasonic PSU right now. Oh, and the Asrock Z77 Extreme3 is a better deal than the Extreme4.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.95 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($363.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Amazon)
Total: $1065.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-13 16:51 EDT-0400)
April 13, 2013 2:03:32 PM

Firstly I would opt for the 2GB version of the GTX 670 as it would save you quite a good amount of money. You've chosen an stock cooled card as well, personally I much prefer a custom cooled one (like MSI's twin frozr) as they are often a lot cooler and quieter and sometimes not a lot more.

Secondly why 16GB of ram? For a pure gaming build 8GB is plenty sufficient, as games often use less than 2GB and it's quite a push to be running enough other programs to fill the other 6GB.

Also I would recommend a HDD for storing other data on. You'll find a single 250GB SSD will fill up (especially with all those games) and it's quite nice to have a 1TB drive to use for archives etc.

PSU is a little overkill atm, however if you are saving for another GPU to go SLI then buy a capable PSU now.

Finally when you say "OVERCLOCKING: If I need help cooking my PC I will go to the hardware store," I take it you mean no because you are worried about massive temperature increases. If so this is mostly not the case, a 3rd party CPU cooler (I hear the the CM hyper 212 is a very good value for money proposition) will easily allow an extra 25% core speed on the CPU, and a decent custom cooler on your GPU should allow for a small increase in performance there. Frankly with a budget of 1300, you need a very good reason not to overclock.
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April 13, 2013 7:32:46 PM

I'd consider over clocking at some point, just not right away, Thats why i chose the 3570k. Is the GTX670 The best for this price range or not? Also the reason I had 16gbs is for creating ram disk or minecraft server hosting. Will the benifit of a ram disk be minnimle with an SSD? Iv also heard great things about the CM hyper 212 and actualy forgot to add in a 3rd party CPU cooler to the build. Isn't a 4gb Graphics Card signifigently better or not realy 100 dollars better?
April 14, 2013 2:11:18 AM

The 2 GB GTX 670 is the best option at its price level. The 4 GB version not so much. If you do want more than 2 GB, I'd suggest a Radeon HD 7970 instead. It comes with 3 GB by default, and only costs a little more than the 670 (and is faster, even disregarding the memory). But 2 GB really is a lot as long as you're playing at 1080p.
April 14, 2013 6:38:09 PM

This is my rivised parts list -
Also why is the mother board previusly named better then my original choice?
April 15, 2013 2:37:20 AM

It's cheaper without being noticeably worse.