New computer build, need advice - Gaming / Photoshop /

Hello everyone,

After being in the land of half eaten fruits for the last decade or so, I've decided to finally return to the world of homebuilt setups and make a good gaming machine. I currently have an old macbook pro that has the gaming capabilities of a 3-legged goat on heavy barbiturates.

Computer will serve mostly 2 purposes: gaming and heavy photoshop use. I am both a web designer and an illustrator, and the latter usually requires some pretty darn big files. My current laptop soils itself whenever I try painting anything. When i tried running SC2 on it, I think I might have heard some weeping.
As far as gaming, my goal is to be able to not just play on the desktop but hopefully be able to run a 20' HDMI cable to my 55" lcd led tv (1920x1080) and be able to play a few games there. (BF3, Diablo3, SC, etc,etc).

I WILL do a bit of After Effects work, but I realize that whatever this build is it will still be like wielding a toothpick where a knife is needed, so I don't expect to change the setup too much. If I ever get more into that i'll save up for a machine with a vid card that's more suited to that.

ok now on to the build. It has been nearly a decade since I built my own machine, and have been waaaaaaay out of the loop. Would love for you guys to look through and tell me if something seems horribly wrong with it, or there's a higher than 50% of this machine exploding on me, severing my legs below my knees and leading me to die from massive blood loss. That would be undesirable, and likely frowned upon by my landlord.

Budget: I am trying to keep this under $1400, ideally under $1200 but not sure its possible with the parts I want.

Stuff not on the build which I had to remove as I am far too attached to my kidneys:
- An SSD. would love to upgrade to this down the line, but in the interest of keeping it in budget, skipping it for now.
- An additional HDD to Raid and have a bit of redundancy.
- A very hot asian woman to turn the computer on and off for me. Among other things. Fine I wont count this in the build.

Parts: (mostly choosing amazon as I have prime and can same on shipping on many of these)

CPU: i7 3770k $360-390 (they seem to be out of stock almost everywhere)

Mobo: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA1155 CrossFireX/SLI Dual Lan Dual UEFI BIOS with Bluetooth 4.0/Wi-Fi Expansion Card GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WiFi $213 (choosing this because of Bluetooth + Wifi)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin (X2 for a total of 16GB) $49 x2

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply $99

Case: Cooler Master HAF ATX Mid Tower Case, RC-922M-KKN1-GP (Black) $100

Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache $94

Other: windows Home premium $100, dvd-rw drive: $24

Vid card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked 1280 MB $310

Right now im sitting at a $1425 or so, so the $25 wont kill me, but is this a decent build? would I be better getting a sandy bridge? should i sacrifice video card and go a step down?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. if you can wait for a while change 570 to a 670 price might be a little higher but i will change the PSU to match the price

    i suggest trying to find a 128GB SSD for fast boot up not to mention booting up PS pretty fast if not just ignore this

    get these RAM
    it is g.skill ares 16GB 8x2 since you will be doing PS these will be more helpful than 4x4

    will be about 100 i just chose this because your ram's heatsink are pretty darn big cna also switch back to a 4x4

    also get a aftermarket heatsink i recommend hyper 212+ or hyper 212 evo they both have a $10 difference choose 212+ if you think the $10 isnt worth your time
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($363.48 @ eCost)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Thermaltake VM100M1W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($70.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $786.33
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-10 12:26 EDT-0400)

    this is the setup i am trying to buy ;]

    you can also add an better video card and psu for gaming. also add a better case and fan and more hdd.

    BTW: i am a graphic designer aswell.
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