My planned gaming rig

I'm planning on buying all the parts within the next month or two, and I tried my best to research all the parts and make sure they'd play nice, but it is my first build so I thought I'd ask for some outside opinions as well.

Right now the set up I'm planning is going to cost me right at $1230 and I don't want to go much higher than that unless necessary

I'll pretty much just be using my new computer for gaming and surfing the internet and watching movies


I'm going to do all of my shopping off of NewEgg unless someone has a better deal somewhere else (I'll search around before the final purchase) and I'm ordering all of my things from the US

MOBO: Sabertooth Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

CPU: I7 3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHZ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139014

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233246


I will be experimenting with OverClocking, but I've never done it before, so I'll be reading guides and taking it easy for awhile

I am planning on popping in another GTX 550 after I get everything set up and comfortable to try out SLI as an option


I hear that the Ivy Bridge runs a bit hotter than the Sandy Bridge, but I'm not too worried, if worse comes to worse I'll pop in some extra fans.

Thank you to anyone willing to read all this and give me any helpful advice
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  1. your build is screwed up man. why are you putting a super powerful CPU and a weak GPU.

    heres what i would get

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bAwB
  2. there is OC headroom, SLI ready, and super upgradable.

    for overclocking with a hyper 212 evo, id suggest only going to the max multiplier without raising voltage. it should be around the 4-4.3ghz range which is more than enough
  3. omm how about a big fat no on the 550 that will do nothing you want it wont game or watch movies with any real quality. Get a 560 ti at the least 16 gb of ram is overkill as well as the psu 8 gb is fine and 750 watt is still overkill 600watt would be plenty with most graphics card:) get the i5-3570k it will perform the same as the i7 the i3,i5 and i7 is a core indication which doesnt matter in gaming then you should be good!
  4. I read a bunch of good reviews on the Sabertooth (the only bad reviews being DOA boards) and I thought the Z77 series was released inline with the Ivy Bridge
  5. actually, amuffin managed to play bf3 at ultra with a 550ti in multiplayer with 30-50fps
  6. Big troll we think so much alike :)
  7. the 550 was the highest rated video card in my price range on new egg, so I thought it'd suffice, lol
  8. What is your price range??? if you go with thebigtroll's rig you might want to hug him because it is a very nice build....DO IT!!!! It is the best thing to do
  9. no thanks bro. im in canada
  10. What??
  11. TheBigTroll's build does seem really nice. It's a shame I spent two days putting mine together and it gets destroyed in a matter of minutes XD
  12. 2fast4thetown_down said:
    What??


    no hugging....-_____-
  13. Oh well that is disapointing.
  14. BigTroll nailed it. Wish there was a way to get an SSD in there but I'm not seeing it. I'd recommend you save up and that be the very next thing you drop in there.
  15. Alright, well you guys have been great. I'll start building this as I feel financially ready XD
  16. what does xd mean?
  17. its supposeidly a face
  18. Okay
  19. Lol @ supposedly a face. :P
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