Custom computer build

Hey guys! I want your opinions/suggestions on my first custom computer. I plan to spend around $1200 on it, and have picked out some parts on newegg. here's what i have!

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

this all comes to around $1,150
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  1. Will this rig be used primarily as a gaming rig? If so, you're investing money in the wrong areas.

    1) I would recommend swapping out the Intel Core i7 3770 for an Intel Core i5 3570k. The 'k' in the model number will allow you to overclock :) Also, Hyperthreading has no real benefits in terms of gaming so it's best to save that extra ~$100 or so and invest the money elsewhere.

    2) Swap out your GPU. The 550 Ti is not a bad card by any stretch, however, there are LOTS of better options out there at the moment for the money. For $200, you could have a massive leap in performance.

    I would recommend the GTX660, Radeon HD7850, Radeon HD7870, or the Radeon HD7950 ($300).

    I think that's about all I have to say :)
  2. Yes, it would be primarily used for gaming.

    1) Does i5 preform as good as the i7? Sorry I'm new to hardware.

    2) I don't know if I really want to go with Radeon though. I've heard bad things and that Nvidia is better.

    Thanks for your input!
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