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$1600-$2000 !first build need a look over please!

Hey my name is Drew and for the past three weeks iv been looking into upgrading from my "ok" gaming laptop, and build a gaming desktop. Tho is it my first time with a gaming build I did build a basic PC in middle school via some government grant program, so i got a good idea of what im doing but would like some perspective on what i want out of this build and if it makes sense.

Ok so here it goes

[1]Approximate Purchase Date:[The sooner the better after I get the info i need so i can get to gaming]


[2]Budget Range:[Around $1600 but no more then $2000]


[3]System Usage from Most to Least Important:[GAMING!!! is about all other then standard web and what not ]


[4]Parts Not Required:


[5]Preferred Website(s) for Parts:[Im cool with Newegg, ,Microcenter cause it close to my house, Amazon, and major manufacturer ex G.skill, ASUS, etc also open to ones I don't know that you do.]


[6]Country:[Good old U.S.A. (Ohio)]

[1]Parts Preferences:[Reliable since this is my first gaming build]

[2]Overclocking:[YES PLEASE, but nothing major cause iv never overclock before and don't want to break my parts after i get them.]

[3]SLI or Crossfire:[SLI because I want to go Nvid but for now ill just be going with a single GPU. Also im going NVID because of all the AMD driver problems iv have in the past on my gaming laptop]

[4]Monitor Resolution:[Have a hd tv 17" i will be useing for now but when I move out I plan to get a 50 or 60 inch TV so all i will have is a Uber PC and a tv with Enet]

[5]Additional Comments:[Since this is my first build id also like it to last me awhile like 3 or so years if that sounds reasonable and only minor upgrades as the years go on.]

Ill give you the run down of what I was thinking of getting and my reasoning. PLZ PLZ PLZ let me know if there are flaws in what im thinking of so i dont bottleneck and i also get the most out of the parts im getting. Thanks!

Tower: "IN WIN Dragon Rider White" due its sweet look, full tower, multi-fans, backside CPU fan, and future expantion options

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811108405

Also was looking at the THOR V2 White. Any reason to go with this other then lower price and dust filters?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147158

MB: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Reasons why: dual band, built in WIFI so i don't use up a PCI-E slot,kinda matches my case lights.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] V%20DELUXE

Have also been looking at the RoG ASUS Maximus V Formula Mobo. Also it does not have built in wifi witch i can live without if its a better board then the Deluxe above.

http://rog.asus.com/motherboard/fo [...] v-formula/

CPU:Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Its rather new witch is good for me keeping it for awhile, and K for overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116501

RAM/MEM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Its dual band for my witch ever mobo i go with, only two stick for future upgrade, heat spreader (not sure if i'm just blowing my $$$ or not plz let me know if its really needed)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231486

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H100 This is kinda a gray area for me but it seems to be a good brand for the price. I know it fits the Thor V2-W tower but i was most likely going with the Dragon Rider. Not sure if it will fit in the Rider or not. How would I check. Not looking for insane cooling just safe levels for OC.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835181017

OS: Win 7 64x premium (got to get away from vista)

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal I want this SSD for my OS, and core games like STOR, D3, WoW, and what not for faster boot and load times.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227706

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal This is for everything else like mouse drivers, CCleaner, vent etc

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

Not really wanting to go with a RAID build at this time because again this is my first build and can always do that later.

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP I was first looking at just the GTX 670 but im cool this the extra 20 dollar throw down because I read it was a bit cooler then the non FTW in overclock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130787

PSU: This is a pitch black area for me. Ill need at least 500 because on the spec on the GPC needs a "Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 30 Amps.)" Also is it a good idea to go with a little more then the 500 for any reason other then SLI?

I know this is alot and I hope i dident leave anything out. Please let me know what you think and if there are any compatability isues with what im thinking of going with. Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing from you.
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    You could save some $$ for other stuff by getting just a mid tower which would still support all your requirements.

    Take a look at Enermax or Seasonic PSU's for quality, depending on what power demands your rig will require you may decide to go 650-750W.

    Oh, and buy American, look into Mushkin brand RAM, awesome price to performance ratio.

    Also, you only really need the i7 for multi-threading, which isn't needed for gaming. Save some money here too & go for the Intel Core i5 3570k.

    These savings would allow you to go for an even better GPU, think 4 gigs.
  2. god to know about the CPU and ill look at the other brands thx man

    let me know if any one else has any other advice
  3. Best answer selected by mcclellan_d.
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