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[Homebuilt] Please critique my build list

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June 15, 2012 5:47:22 PM

I'm graduating college soon and would like to retire my laptop in favor of a nice gaming PC.

I haven't built a computer in about 6-7 years so I am not very up to date on the latest and greatest PC components. Let me know what you think of my build.

BUDGET: $1000-$1300 USD

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N520 43.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.69 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($130.49 @ Amazon)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($144.49 @ NCIX US)

Total: $1160.59
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

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June 16, 2012 1:01:08 AM

nekulturny said:
I'd swap the CPU cooler for a CM 212 evo, its a little better than the hyper N520.

Power supply is a little strong, but its perfect if you ever decide to add a 2nd GTX 570..

How firm are you on having a modular power supply?

Just as good, a little cheaper:

I'm not firm on the modular power supply, the one you linked looks pretty good.

I'm most curious about the GPU I've picked out. I've heard a lot of argument over the GTX 570 vs. 7850... which one is the best bang for the buck? I tend to gravitate towards Nvidia these days, hence my initial choice to go with the GTX 570.
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June 16, 2012 3:31:57 AM

Upgrade your GFX card... I'd suggest just spending the money now and getting a GX 670.. its like getting a mustang with a V6.. your gonna want the V8 later.. just get it right off the bat instead
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June 16, 2012 3:46:05 AM

Corsair TX series are very good power supplies, they're actually made by Seasonic.

My opinion is that between the 7850 and the GTX 570, the 7850 is the better buy. Stock to stock the 7850 is almost as good as the 570, and the 7850s are monsters for overclocking, its not unheard of to be able to overclock them 40% over their stock settings.

As far as the GTX 670, they would be better, however good luck finding them. I'm not a 100 percent sure what the problem is, but Nvidia is really getting its ass kicked right now, not because their video cards have lost a step in their performance, but they seem to be having trouble supplying enough cards to meet the demand. GTX 680s remain sold out almost everywhere, and I'm not sure the 670 is going to be in any better of a position.
June 18, 2012 1:01:05 PM

I'm thinking the GTX 670 is a bit out of my price range... I don't know if I can justify spending that much for a graphics card. Is the GTX 670 really ~$150 better than the GTX 570/7850?