Is this a good gaming build for around $1000-$1100?

I have come up with a list of parts that I want to use in my first PC build. Since this is my first time spending this much money on anything computer related, I want to make sure I'm getting the best value for my money. Any comments or suggestions on where I can improve the build are appreciated.

I want this rig to be able to handle any current game at very high to ultra settings. Aside from gaming, I will also be using this rig for photo editing, watching movies, and music production. I already have a 1080p monitor, keyboard and mouse. I intend on purchasing Windows 7. If Windows 8 is an improvement at all I will buy it instead.


Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
-I chose the 4670 instead of the 4670k because I have no interest in overclocking

MSI Z87-G55 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-I went with a Z87 board instead of a cheaper H87 board because even though the 4670 can't be overclocked, I prefer the layout and increased amount of inputs on Z87 boards.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXM

ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Antec TruePower Classic series TP-650C 650W 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Power Supply

Optical Drive
LG Internal Super Multi Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model GH24NSB0 - OEM

Crafted Series Phantom 410 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case - Black

All said and done this build will cost $1098.91 before rebates. After rebates the cost will be $1058.91.

Thanks for any input!
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    Saves you a little, I have a 500w type of these and it's amazing, quiet and efficient
  2. There are also H87 mainboards for crossfire and z87 cost more because they are for overclocking. Also Crossfire is not very effective and has issues and a single GPU is better. You could add the Cooler Master 212 Evo for better cooling because the stock fan is not very good.
  3. That PSU looks good. Is it worth paying the extra 20 bucks for the "GOLD" certified Antec one that I picked out? If not I might go with the Corsair one. Thanks for the help.
  4. I just noticed that the RAM I picked out is "Low Voltage". Is this important at all? Will it affect performance?
  5. Since you mention that the stock cooler isn't that great, I've been looking around at coolers and found this one. Is it good?

    It's more expensive than the Cooler Master one, but I like the looks and the blue LED so much that I'd be willing to pay more for this one. Plus, if I go with the Corsair PSU instead, I'll be saving $20 and that will make up for the added expense of the more expensive CPU cooler.
  6. Looks like a good cooler with nice optic.
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