New Intel Gaming System

I have been trying to build a gaming computer for the past 2 years (being deployed for a total of a year has hampered that). Now seems like a good time, what with all the pice drops and new achitectures coming out and i have decided i will build this thing around June/July timeframe.

Approximate Purchase Date: June 2012

Budget Range: $1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers and Monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Probably

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I know the PSU is WAY overkill, but I want to futureproof this sytem as much as possible and leave options for SLI and overclocking without buying another PSU. Grand Total came out to just under $1600. Any suggestion on better bang for buck?

Intel i5-3750K ($225),

Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($160)

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case & CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (Combo $150).

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1050M 1050W ATX 12V v2.3 & SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD & ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard (Combo $390)

GTX 680 ($500)

CD/DVD RW Drive ($15-$30)

Windows 7 Home Premium OEM ($100)
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  1. Here's what I would do.....

    MUCH better power supply

    Better motherboard

    Radeon HD 7970 (more bang for buck)

    64GB SSD for OS

    1TB secondary

    Those changes take you right to 1600, unless you decide to save some money with a mid-tower.

    **You'll want to invest in a CPU cooler if you think you might overclock at some point.**
  2. I'd cut down on the case - the Thor is quite a monster and you only need it if you're building around a monster motherboard like the Classified SR-X or Asus Rampage IV Extreme. I'd also heavily advise against using a Thermaltake PSU. The bad thing about those combo deals is you wind up buying a lot of crappy hardware to save a few bucks - do your research before buying!!! I can't stress that enough!

    Try this setup:

    Case: NZXT Phantom - $129.99
    PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 - $104.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H - $189.99
    CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
    Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz - $42.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
    Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
    Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $499.99
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

    Total: $1,440.92
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