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Advice on my $1200 gaming build?

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June 28, 2012 7:23:15 AM

Planning to build my first gaming rig, been shopping/learning for a couple weeks, and have kind of narrowed it down to the following parts. Am I missing anything here? Does this all look compatible/viable? Any other suggestions you'd care to make?

Also, if you'd like to let me know of any extras (eg, Cables, etc) that I need to buy, that would be very helpful!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks.
Budget Range: $1200.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (D3, Skyrim, etc), internet, movie-watching.
Parts Not Required: I've already bought the PSU, optical drive, SSD, and HDD listed below (got them on sale last week). Do not need KB or Mouse.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX.
Country: United States of America.
Parts Preferences: Intel 1155 Socket CPU, Nvidia GPU.
Overclocking: Maybe.
SLI or Crossfire: Later.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080.
Additional Comments: This will be my first build, and my first non-Dell/Gateway, etc computer.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1229.73
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 7:46:25 AM

Drop the MOBO to a Z68 Extreme3. The Z77 board is useless on an IB CPU.
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June 28, 2012 7:51:28 AM

i suggest these PC component
i5-3570K 220$
gigabyte z77 G1 sniper m3 or asus z77-maximus v gene 180$ but if you want something cheaper asrock z77 extreme is the best choice for 140$
560ti is the best nvidia available for 210$ but do you want something much more efficient and faster try radeon 7850
1tb seagate 7200(not LP 5900 version) is faster than Hitachi

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a b 4 Gaming
June 28, 2012 7:59:37 AM

If you arent worried about noise why dont you buy a GTX 480 instead?They cost around 200 $.
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June 28, 2012 10:23:58 AM

azeem40 said:
Drop the MOBO to a Z68 Extreme3. The Z77 board is useless on an IB CPU.

Isn't the CPU I posted a Sandy Bridge CPU, and not IB?

Thanks for your response.
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June 28, 2012 10:25:44 AM

Kamen_BG said:
If you arent worried about noise why dont you buy a GTX 480 instead?They cost around 200 $.

Everything I've read has shown the general opinions being that the 560Ti is superior, and that the 480 runs way, way hot and requires a lot of power. Have I misunderstood what I've been reading?
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June 28, 2012 11:33:27 PM

Well, newegg.com has the z77 asrock on sale for $114.00 with a free 1 year extended warranty, so I'll definitely be ordering that tonight.
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