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Gaming System - Please Rate and your thoughts $1200

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May 13, 2012 7:31:06 PM

Budget Range:$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming & HD movies etc

Parts Not Required:Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Micro-center

Country:USA

Parts Preferences:Anything reliable

Overclocking:Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080
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This is my build I have so far, please rate this and let me know if there are better options. I am opting for something powerful yet mainstream for gaming (Tera,BF3,Diablo 3).

Case&Power Supply: NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case + PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply [Combo Price:$194.98]

Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.908998

Loving the look on this case and i'm really looking for something that has very good cable management as I want thorough airflow and a neat look, I've heard good things about this PSU brand and read some reviews. My only concern is if it is enough to run a GTX 670 among my other parts. Would like some feedback on this.
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Ram:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Low Profile [$49.99]
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196

It's RAM, don't know much else other than the price is similar but I prefer Corsair for their reliability. 8 gigs should be sufficient enough for gaming.
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SSD:SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) [$129.99]
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

I heard SSD's make a huge difference, personally this will be my first experience with one. Chose a Samsung for it's reliability and drivers from the 830 series after a bit of research.
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HDD:Samsung F1 1tb 7200rpm, I will be re-using this as a storage device from my previous computer, I don't necessarily see a reason to upgrade? Especially since prices have gone way high for these things, I bought this 2 years ago for 50 dollars.
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Graphic Card:EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2672-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card [$419.00]
Link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130783

Already placed an order on this before it went out of stock, heard very good things about this card in comparison to it's big brother, the gtx 680.
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Processor: Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor [$189.99] @ Microcenter.

Motherboard: Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard [$89.99] @Microcenter with the purchase of the i5 3570k.

Link:http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554<--MOBO
Link:http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577<--CPU

Now I read that i5 3570k is enough for gaming and I dont plan to OC at first because it's just not my cup of tea for something new i'm buying. As for the motherboard, microcenter has a few Z77's bundled with the processor and good discounts going, I randomly chose this one as it was less than $100, there is also a micro atx version which is $59.99 only. Anyone care to explain the difference between these 2 or if I should just stick with the one I chose.
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CPU Cooler: Hyper EVO 212 Cooler [$36.99
Link:http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373900

If you guys know a better cooler for my cpu, please suggest one. I really would like to keep my temperature better than what the stock cooler provide however.
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DVD Drive:I'm reusing my iHAS 124b that I have currently, seems good enough as I just bought it recently.
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Thoughts and opinions? Thank you.

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Total Price after savings & shipping:$1110.92
May 13, 2012 7:36:50 PM

This looks like a solid build. The only minor concern i see is that you chose the ram with the tall heatsinks. These serve little purpose in reality, and aren't necessary. Also, they can often cause clearance issues with the CPU Heatsink and Cooler. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... only costs you $1 more and you won't have to worry about any of that.
May 13, 2012 7:37:57 PM

Thanks for the heads up on that, I do remember running into some troubles installing my heatsink before on a pair of g.skill I had.

Changed the ram to the low profile ones.
May 13, 2012 7:42:02 PM

That's one pretty sweet build. +1 to the low profile RAM. I'd have no hesitation putting my money on it.
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