First Time Gaming Build $2,000-$2,500 Budget

Hello everyone, I've been looking at building a gaming system for a while now and finally have the funds to do so. So here's what I've been looking for:

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid-July 2012

Budget Range: $2000-$2500 Before or After Rebates

System Usage: Gaming, videos, etc.

Parts Not Required: OS, Mouse, Keyboard

Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg due to free ShopRunner shipping (might as well use it if i got it for free)

Country: United States

Parts Preferences by brand or type: Intel, Nvidia.

SLI or Crossfire: SLI preffered

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or up, roughly 24" screen

Additional Comments: Noise is not a problem, but quiet is convenient. As a first time builder I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to cooling and fans needed so any advice would be appreciated. If I've forgotten anything important, if something just won't work, or if you recommend something for better performance and/or lower prices please let me know!

Here is my list as of now:

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

2x (for SLI) EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3

(Boot drive) OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

(For loading intensive games) Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MX MKNSSDCR120GB-MX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

(Everything else) Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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

ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor

LITE-ON 12X 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner

Total Cost (including shipping): $2,523.87
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  1. An i7 isn't justified for gaming. Get an i5-3570k and use the $ saved to get a 120GB SSD.
  2. ^ agreed

    You also won't ever utilize that 16gb of ram so you might as well go with 8gb.

    I know you have the budget, but that Sabertooth is still a waste of money. Go to an Asrock Extreme6. $50 less with the same features.

    You probably don't need two 670's. There isn't a game on the market that one 670 can't destroy. You could save the cash now and get one later when you need it.

    I only mention these things to save you some money. I always feel like people set a budget and then try to max it even though you don't need to. You could build a badass gaming rig for $1500 if you wanted.
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