Is this a good gaming PC build for $1200

I want to build my computer for the first time. I have done a good amount of research on what GPU's and CPU's are good for gaming. I want this machine to last me at least 5 years. I was wondering what you guys think of this build and if there are any changes you think I should make to it, or anything I may be missing. Thanks ahead of time! :D (my budget is $1200)

Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

HDD(500GB 7200RPM)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

GPU (GTX 560 Ti classified EVGA)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130758

DVD-drive(Sony SATA DVD drive 18x)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031

Power Supply(800w Corsair)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139025

RAM(8GB G.Skill Ripjaws)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

CPU(Intel i7 2600k sandy bridge 3.4Ghz)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

Cooling fans- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150007

Thanks again! :D
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  1. THIS IS BETTER YOU GET GTX 670 IN THIS BUILD Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011

    Power supply: PSU: PSU:SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095#top


    Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

    Videocard: MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127685#top


    Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546#top

    Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    DVD-drive(Sony SATA DVD drive 18x)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031 TOTAL $1,145.93
  2. TYVM for your response, just curious why another heatsink fan is necessary if the CPU comes with one? Thanks again :D
  3. Exilium said:
    TYVM for your response, just curious why another heatsink fan is necessary if the CPU comes with one? Thanks again :D
    For better cooling and to be able to overclock your CPU ;)
  4. Okay awesome, and if i only need the 600w psu then i can probably just transfer that over from my old computer and upgrade something else. I really appreciate the help, thanks :D
  5. Okay awesome, and if i only need the 600w psu then i can probably just transfer that over from my old computer and upgrade something else. I really appreciate the help, thanks :D[/quotemsg Your very welcome!P.S.Can you tell me what your other 600W PSU is the model i mean because not all are equal and it might not be good enough :(
  6. Exilium said:
    TYVM for your response, just curious why another heatsink fan is necessary if the CPU comes with one? Thanks again :D


    The replacement Heatsink fan will perform better than the included one. Often the included Heatsink fan barely has enough cooling power to keep the CPU cool under normal usage. If you stress the CPU too heavily, it can start to overheat and that will cause it to throttle its operating frequency to reduce heat and prevent itself from being damaged. After having experienced that on a couple of systems in the past, I have decided to always use a quality Heatsink fan to replace the supplied one.
  7. Exilium said:
    That's no good sorry you need one of these PSU:CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020#top

    PSU:SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095#top
  8. The bare minimal you could get is this one nothing less PSU is a very important part of your PC, as it can bring your PC to life or take it out ( just keep that in mind ) PSU:XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013#top
  9. Anonymous said:
    :lol: shake your head at me i left him money for a SSD if he wants it
  10. bigcyco1 said:
    :lol: shake your head at me i left him money for a SSD if he wants it

    :whistle:
  11. OP just so you are aware the motherboard included in looniam build The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.
    Proof and source http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html P.S. On a side note i think it's a solid mobo.
  12. I'll probably go with the $144 motherboard just to be safe and the 620w, just to be safe again. Also is there any real advantage to the SSD besides a faster bootup and quicker load times in games? Will it affect framerates or anything? If it won't affect my gameplay I'd rather save the money, but if it will I would be willing to get it.
  13. Exilium said:
    I'll probably go with the $144 motherboard just to be safe and the 620w, just to be safe again. Also is there any real advantage to the SSD besides a faster bootup and quicker load times in games? Will it affect framerates or anything? If it won't affect my gameplay I'd rather save the money, but if it will I would be willing to get it.

    FPS? no
    as you said, quicker load times and loading levels in gameplay. but no one has complained about the increase in overall performance for the money . . . just saying.
  14. Would it be more worth it to go with the i7 sandy bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 and skip the SSD, or would I need a different motherboard for the i7 (sorry I'm kinda new at this xD) I have also read a few complaints about ivy bridge with the GTX 670 such as this -
    (GTX 670 Review)"Drivers just don't work, pretty much like all the other reviewers giving 1 stars are saying. There's a lot of forum posts out there going on about how the drivers conflict with the integrated graphics cards for Ivy bridge processors." http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-782&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo
  15. Exilium said:
    Would it be more worth it to go with the i7 sandy bridge http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 and skip the SSD, or would I need a different motherboard for the i7 (sorry I'm kinda new at this xD) I have also read a few complaints about ivy bridge with the GTX 670 such as this -
    (GTX 670 Review)"Drivers just don't work, pretty much like all the other reviewers giving 1 stars are saying. There's a lot of forum posts out there going on about how the drivers conflict with the integrated graphics cards for Ivy bridge processors." http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-782&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1#scrollFullInfo

    an i7 would be more appropriate if you are hard core video editing or 3D rendering that would take advantage of the hyper threading, though games do not.

    if you are apprehensive with the EVGA model due to the feedback, you can look at
    ZOTAC ZT-60301-10P GeForce GTX 670 2GB $399.99

    honestly i take newegg feedback with a grain of salt, if the card does something simple like show the desktop, it gets 5 eggs but if they use the wrong driver, people blame the card. at first there were some driver issues have have been straightened out since early last week.
  16. bigcyco1 said:
    OP just so you are aware the motherboard included in looniam build The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.
    Proof and source http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html P.S. On a side note i think it's a solid mobo.


    Exilium said:
    I'll probably go with the $144 motherboard just to be safe and the 620w, just to be safe again. Also is there any real advantage to the SSD besides a faster bootup and quicker load times in games? Will it affect framerates or anything? If it won't affect my gameplay I'd rather save the money, but if it will I would be willing to get it.
    Good choice as for SSD no not really you pretty much summed it up it won't affect your game play :)
  17. Anonymous said:
    an i7 would be more appropriate if you are hard core video editing or 3D rendering that would take advantage of the hyper threading, though games do not.

    if you are apprehensive with the EVGA model due to the feedback, you can look at
    ZOTAC ZT-60301-10P GeForce GTX 670 2GB $399.99

    honestly i take newegg feedback with a grain of salt, if the card does something simple like show the desktop, it gets 5 eggs but if they use the wrong driver, people blame the card. at first there were some driver issues have have been straightened out since early last week.
    +1 i agree ;)
  18. What about things such as live streaming or recording gameplay with fraps? Would there be any advantage in that situation with the i7 over the i5? Also just wondering incase I do go with the i7, is this motherboard still the one to go with for it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-837&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=5&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo Thanks for answering my questions I really appreciate it.
  19. Exilium said:
    What about things such as live streaming or recording gameplay with fraps? Would there be any advantage in that situation with the i7 over the i5? Also just wondering incase I do go with the i7, is this motherboard still the one to go with for it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-837&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=5&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo Thanks for answering my questions I really appreciate it.

    an i5 will handle all that and then some . . . but if the choice is between an SSD and an i7? i personally wouldn't even look at an i7 while i gleefully grab an SSD.

    on the details page:

    Supported CPU

    CPU Socket Type LGA 1155
    CPU Type Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
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