First time build, gaming rig, $2000-2300 budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $2000-$2300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the web, music

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg only please

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: whatever works, willing to take suggestions.

Additional Comments: Thanks for the help.

These are what I have came up with so far, willing to pay more for a good performance increase.

Case: Silver Stone Raven RV03

Hard drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3


Graphics card: EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) x1

Power supply: CORSAIR TX750 V2 750W

RAM: Corsair Vengeance (4GB x 2)

Mother Board: ASRock Z68 Extreme3

Processor: Intel Core i5 - 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

CPU Cooler: Was suggested to get a Noctua dh14

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB

CD drive:

Total: $1,790 so there is room for improvement.

Tried to follow the proper format as best as I could, this is my first build. Any tips and advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
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  1. Excellent choice of case glad to see that
    get the noctua dh-14 overclock that i5 4.5-4.7 easily
    with the radeon 7000 series coming out in a month I would suggest getting a 6950 or 560ti for now.
    I prefer g.skill memory myself

    other than that pretty good build
  2. Any other opinions? If there are any good upgrades, please don't hesitate to say them. I plan on playing SWTOR, max settings, with preferably 60+ FPS. If I need better equipment to achieve this, just tell me! :D thanks
  3. A clear way of improving it is with a better monitor, I'm on a 27' at the moment and I wouldn't go less than that, but most people reccomend at least a 24' monitor.
    I also wouldn't bother with the 580 just go a $200 card and upgrade in 6 months.
    The Vertex 3 also has reliability issues, I'm currently using a Crucial M4, I've only had it a week or two but it seems to be going really fast, reliably. It will go even faster when I update the firmwire.
  4. Thanks for the advice, I chose a 24" monitor, and swapped the vertex for the Crucial M4.

    Still looking for anything to make this a better/more reliable rig. Thanks!
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