Micro ATX gaming build

Hi everyone,

I used an Alienware X51 for a few days and realized that a small form factor gaming PC is the way to go; so I am setting out to build one and would like some opinions and recommendations.

Requirements: It needs to be able to play any game I throw at it, at more-or-less max settings, on a resolution of 1920 x 1080 for the next year or so.

Budget: €1000 - €1500 (however, I don't want to waste money on anything: so as cheap as possible whist still being decent quality)

Planned purchase date: In about a week or two.

I have the following in mind:

Case: NZXT Vulcan Link

PSU: Corsair HX650W (modular) Link

MB: ASUS Maximus V GENE (I am thinking this board might be overkill, any suggestions are welcome) Link

CPU: i5 3570k (will probably OC to around 4GHz) Link

CPU Cooler: No idea, any recommendations?

RAM: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Corsair Dominator GT 2133MHz Link

GFX: GTX 670 OC (don't know which one yet, but will be same brand as the MB)

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB Link

HDD: Seagate 2TB 7200RPM Link

OPTICAL: Cheapest I can find

Additional fans: 1 x 92mm fan (for the back), 1 x 120mm (for spare slot at the top)

I look forward to reading your comments.
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  1. I would get 1600 MHz ram. It will save you money and there is very little difference. I would probably use the stock cooler. It can handle a 4 GHz overclock. Also, get a vertex 3 ssd. It will do much better. Your motherboard is a little overkill, but I would keep it.
  2. Thanks for your input. I guess then it would make sense to go for a Vertex 4?
  3. The vertex 4 is faster than the vertex 3, but they will both be plenty fast.
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