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June 12, 2012 2:29:11 AM

If you're reading this, thanks very much already. For the last two days I've been frantically scouring the internet for deals and I wanted the opinions of experts here :)  So, without any more of my rambling, here is my component list (complete with links and prices). Let me know what you think and feel free to be brutally honest.

• Corsair Graphite 600T - $139.99

Power Supply
• Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply V2 - $119.99

• ASUS P8Z77-V LE - $169.99

• I7 3770 Ivy Bridge - $319.99

• Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4X4) - $124.99

Video Card
• EVGA GeForce GTX 480 - $209.99

• Crucial CT 128GB SSD - $ 109.99
o This is for boot/app data
• WD Caviar Black 500GB HDD - $89.99
o This is for everything else

Optical Drive
• Asus DVD Burner - $19.99

• Razer Arctosa Keyboard - $44.99

TOTAL: $1239.92 ... More than I thought :sweat: 

Keep in mind it'll mainly function as a gaming rig, but I'm not really confident in overclocking it (hence the i7 3770). I also do a bit of photo/video editing and coding (in Visual Studio) if that paints a better picture. Thanks for your help! I can't thank you enough! =]

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June 12, 2012 4:23:32 AM

P.S. I'm sorry that the formatting of this post isn't stellar. :/ 

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June 12, 2012 6:27:21 AM

Here's a build suggestion with a much better GPU, at a lower budget. Have a look:

CPU & Optical Drive: $223- i5-2500K & Samsung (i5 is good for gaming, i7 does not give much of performance improvements over i5. it's K series so that you can overclock incase you decide to do in future, but not now)

Motherboard & HDD: $190- Asrock Z77 Extreme4 & Samsung Spinpoint 1TB(Great motherboard from Asrock has almost the same features as the Asus one, paired with 1TB HDD)

PSU & RAM: $95- Corsair CX500 & Corsair Vengeance 8GB (500 watt PSU is more than your needs unless you plan to add another GPU, also 8GB RAm is plenty, 16 GB is not needed)

SSD: $110- Crucial M4 128GB(Same)

Cooler: $30- CM Hyper 212 Plus(Optional, but needed in case you decide to overclock)

GPU: $400- EVGA GTX 670(Awesome GPU for it's price)
500 watt GPU will be sufficient to power this GPU. Have a look at the load power consumption of GTX670

Case: $70- Antec 300 Illusion Case(Or anything you like)

Though the Graphite is a great case but you need to get a cheaper case to accommodate it within your budget. There are some great cases in around the $70-100 range.

Total (Excluding Rebates): 1118 USD

Rebates: 30 USD

Can't help much on the keyboard also. It's your choice

June 12, 2012 11:45:05 PM

Best answer selected by pjackman23.