New gaming rig build

I'm building a new gaming rig this summer and have some questions that i can't find the answers to on the internet.

First off, i have a budget of $1000-$1500

The system specs are:

CPU: intel i7 3600 (

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (

CD/DVD drive: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 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 AD-7260S-0B - OEM (

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior (

CPU cooling: CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler (

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (

RAM: Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX (

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply (

Total price on newegg without the video card: $961.05

The last gaming rig i build was for the release of DOOM 2...

A few questions:
1)Will this setup work?
2)I am missing my video card. What do i get? I am only interested in Nvidia cards.
3)Which is better? The 400 series GTX or the 500 series? (I was recommended the GTX 480 by a person who just built a rig almost identical to this one.)
4)Are the components i listed made by companies that make quality components?

Any suggestions on tweaking things are greatly appreciated.

I would like to get a video card that will run any game i throw at it with ease, but i dont want to spend the rest of my budget specifically on the card. It must also support HDMI 1080p.

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  1. one thing i'd say is that, generally a popular core is the i5 2500 or 2500k, as in almost all games available, only one core is utilised.
    if you're paying for an i7, you're generally paying a substantial amount more and getting only a marginal increase.

    As for the series of cards themselves, they generally don't mean much. There are high and low end cards in every series, for example, an 8800 will outperform a 9500 as one is the high end of an old generation, and the other is a low end of a new generation.

    the 480 is a capable card, you'll find it to be better than the 560 Ti but equal to the 570 and lesser than the 580 and 590.

    Past that you shouldn't have any issues with your build, it looks okay to me, so long as you're not planning to SLI with a 650W PSU, if you are planning to SLI, go with something a bit higher, maybe 750/800 and I'd suggest they be of Seasonic, or Antec make.
  2. Most likely the GTX570 would be the card for you, should be able to run 1080p with everything on. You can get them just under $300 after rebates.
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    But check out my $1000 build here
    That'd be my general suggestion.
    You don't need the H60, it's stupid when an air-cooler such as the Mugen 2 or the Havik 140 can beat it for less. So... It's overpriced.
    Also, you wouldn't need it since you're not overclocking from what I can tell since you don't have a K enabled CPU.
    Finally, get the 2500/2500K the 2600/2600K only has about a 2-3% performance over the 2500(K) which doesn't justify 100 more dollars.
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