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Looking to see if this is a decent gaming rig build, it's my very first from scratch and I'd appreciate opinions and suggest!

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May 27, 2013 7:59:21 PM

I'm going to be putting together my first completely from scratch gaming rig.
I've done a little bit of research on the best budget and price to performance ratio from parts.
I'm looking for suggestions as in, parts that perform better for less or only slighter more money.
Also, it will take me approx 3 months to put this together and I don't want it horribly outdated.
My PC games include Skyrim, the Witcher 2, Crysis 3, Metro Last Light, demanding titles like those.
So keep that in mind.
I'm eager to hear suggestions on how you would improve this rig and why so I can learn constructively.

ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
134.99$.

EVGA 03G-P4-2664-KR GeForce GTX 660 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card (x2 for SLI.)
239.99$.

Thermaltake TR2 TR-700 700W ATX 12V V2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
79.99$

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
299.99$

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
134.99$

Thermaltake Armor Reveo VO800M1W2N Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
129.99$

Western Digital Red WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
109.99$

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
19.99$

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx Sound Card
149.99$
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler
99.99$.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$118.64

It would be about 1,975$.
Let me know.
I say about three months because I wanna spend around 200 to 400$ each bi-week for separate parts and it would take about 3-4 months.
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I meant Windows 8 sorry, for 188$.
and ALL prices are based on Newegg.ca.
Just to let you know.

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May 27, 2013 8:15:20 PM

One error is your mb is 1155 chipset and your using a 2011 pinned CPU :) 
if I was building my pc right now I put the money in the bank and buy all at once to try and get combo deals. I would also use a new haswell i5-3570 CPU as the one for my rig. The i7 will have hyper threading that the i5 don't. Also would wait and see where the new 700 nvidia fall in price and performance. the wd red drive is a server drive for home the black line is ine if it cheaper for the same size. Myself I toss in a 120 g Ssd as the boot drive. For windows by the standard version Oem that around 100. Why I said buy all your parts at once is most stores have a 30 day return guild. If you buy now and the art is doa you wont know till dec. or when the 30 days are gone by.
For a home user the pro version does not have any more user features that you would use.
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May 27, 2013 8:20:03 PM

smorizio said:
One error is your mb is 1155 chipset and your using a 2011 pinned CPU :) 
if I was building my pc right now I put the money in the bank and buy all at once to try and get combo deals. I would also use a new haswell i5-3570 CPU as the one for my rig. The i7 will have hyper threading that the i5 don't. Also would wait and see where the new 700 nvidia fall in price and performance. the wd red drive is a server drive for home the black line is ine if it cheaper for the same size. Myself I toss in a 120 g Ssd as the boot drive. For windows by the standard version Oem that around 100. Why I said buy all your parts at once is most stores have a 30 day return guild. If you buy now and the art is doa you wont know till dec. or when the 30 days are gone by.
For a home user the pro version does not have any more user features that you would use.


Crap, I totally missed the chipset! :( 
I've looked at
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
for 234$ and am kinda entralled.
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May 27, 2013 8:40:58 PM

Micro center has them for 170 and 40 off with combo mb.
On new egg look for combo deals a lot of mb vendors toss is ram as a freebie with CPU combo. Haswell the replacement for the ib CPU is dropping June third. To let you know now the 1155 mb and CPU are going end of life and the new intel chipset is the 1150. After haswell is Broadwell refresh.
Right now till the chip nda ends there no real toms hArdware review of the haswell vs ib CPU to see if the cost of the newer CPU is worth it.
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