Thoughts/tips on $1,700 ish system


1st time builder looking to move up from a ~5 yo POS from Dell still limping on Vista.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: ~1000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Excel, Gaming, Photo editing, surfing the internet, multitasking)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon,

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Ivy Bridge, full tower case

Overclocking: Maybe, at least to the extent it is easy

SLI or Crossfire: Yes as future proofing

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Will need windows operating system, quite preferred, full tower as this is a first-time build and I’d like an bit of extra space in which to work

NZXT SWITCH 810 BLACK Full Tower Chassis $170

Asus P8Z77-M PRO Intel X58 DDR3 1066 LGA 1155 Motherboards $160

Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K $240

EVGA GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit $399

Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel $98

Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm $83

Corsair Professional Series Gold 750-Watt 80 Plus Gold $157

SanDisk Extreme SSD 120GB GB SATA 6.0 Gb $120

Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive $115

Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST $21

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder $140

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  1. Just from a quick glance the stuff you picked up should be a great system!

    Sometimes I wish I'd vested another $300 to go with the i7 solution instead of a unlocked quad core to hex core Amd solution. Still quick though.

    I'm getting my 670 GTX this Wed.
  2. looks like a great system,maybe just add water cooling for the cpu if you plan to overclock,otherwise looks great
  3. That Asus board needs to be changed out. You have a $170 full tower case and a little tiny micro ATX that has horrible slot spacing for dual cards. Get a full size ATX board if you want the option to add another card later on in SLI. Also I hope that's the low profile Corsair Vengeance you have there and not the Corsair Vengeance with those tall cake cutter heat spreaders or your going to be screwed big time when you go to install that Noctua cpu h/s. $404.98 save: $25.00
    ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
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