OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
DVD: LITE-ON Black Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo SATA Model ihes112-04 - OEM
WEBC: Logitech C310 USB 2.0 HD WebCam
KB/M: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard /Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
EARS: Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset
There it is...
I would appreciate some general feedback. Also, Do I need the 64bit OS? Am I paying too much? Is this build necessary for the part time gamer(all genres) Where if any can I cut the fat? Are there any compatibility issues or unforseen pitfalls? And do I need additional cooling?
This is my first build. Upgrading from a 3 year old Dell Desktop
could certainly save money by getting a gtx670 rather than gtx680
very close in performance but quite a lot cheaper
This is solid advice. Performance gain of GTX680 over GTX670 is less than 10% on average - not worth the extra cost. Also, Samsung 840 Pro is the fastest consumer SSD out there - if you can get one for a comparable price to your Kingston SSD, would be an excellent alternative. It's only just been released but should be available for purchase any day now.
Also the CPU may be overkill. If your only performance-intensive applications are games, i5 3450 is every bit as capable. Similar with the RAM, like mcnumpty23 says, 8GB would be ample. In both cases there's obviously no harm is getting a bit more than is really needed (of course in a few years, software may be making use of much more RAM). I'd say that excess cost could be better spent on graphics or SSD, though you're already looking at top quality components in those areas anyway! If you want to trim the fat though and not spend money unnecessarily, i5 and 8GB :-)