Help on First Gaming Desktop (Part Selection/Compatibility)

This is my first desktop build I am planning to do. I would like it to last ~4-5 years. Currently, with the setup below, the price is just above my budget range. Is there anything I could change to stay within my range? Optimally, a build below $1000 would be spectacular:

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1000-$1200 total (preferably at or below $1000)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: School work; Light-Medium gaming; Watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Location: New York

Parts Preferences: Preferably brands with good driver support/reputation (Ex: Intel)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Want to buy a 1920X1200

Additional Comments: Currently just playing League of Legends, but want to expand into FPS and other low-medium graphic games.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have a laptop with low performance when gaming (yes, even League XD). Building a desktop seems like the cost-effective solution.

Parts List:

-CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

-CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

-Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

-Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

-Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

-Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card

-Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case

-Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

-Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

-Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor

-Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 Wired Gaming Keyboard
Link: Not Available b/c I'm set on buying this keyboard

TOTAL COST: According to pcpartpicker, the total will be $1340.86
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  1. right off the bat, swap the 660 ti for the 760, runs better, faster, cooler, cheaper. (or same price)

    if you want to lower the cost without reducing performance, i suggest you either switch to AMD CPU, and/or drop the SSD, i've used them and really only noticed a difference on boot speed, i bought one for my desktop, didnt note much difference, and put it in my laptop (there they do make a difference)
  2. Thanks Rhavi Marques for the suggestions. I've heard that intel cpu is far better than amd. Now that you mention it, the SSD is probably not needed. From Newegg, the 760 goes for ~$300, while the 660 ti for ~200; is the 760 really worth for an extra $100?
  3. 300 dollars?
    this is the one i bought
    249.99+shipping, very worth it.
    intel isnt "far" better, infact now that games are moving into the multiple core scenario (especially with the consoles using 8+ cores) the 8 core AMD processors are pulling ahead, especially if you're doing anything along with the gaming (streaming, recording, running things in the background), search youtube, there's great videos on that.
  4. Do you have an amd cpu suggestion? If I buy the amd cpu, will the motherboard and graphics card have to be changed for compatibility? Can I trust pcpartpicker's compatibility tool? Thank you.
  5. Best answer
    yeah, you can trust the pcpartpicker's tool, if you change the cpu you will need to change motherboard, to an AM3+ socket motherboard, i suggest the 970 or 990fx chipsets, and as for the CPU, both the 8320 and 8350 are good choices, the 8350 being a bit more expensive, i picked up the 8320 and overclocked it to the 8350 speed, saved me about 50 bucks.
  6. Thanks Rhavi Marques for your excellent suggests. I really appreciate your input XD
  7. nice choices, now i'm not entirely sure what else you could do to get it down to 1000, but i have to say, for the power your rig is up to, including monitor, tower and optical i'd say that's a fine build.

    you could pick a solution for the thread to make it easier for people to search in the future ^^
  8. I have another question: Is the following PSU enough to power the follwowing GPU?

    Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card

    Gigabyte's website states a power requirement of 500W. Will the 650W PSU be enough? Thanks.

    Can i provide a link to pcpartpicker for the full build, or is that prohibited on these forums?
  9. yeah, it will power it fine with alot of headroom, as long as its a quality-brand 650w, you're fine.
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