Need advice on $1300 build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks

Budget Range: $1300 USD (further info below in additional comments)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming = School Work(Majoring in CS or CE still undecided),
very minor photo editing, Also plan on using it as a media hub for my
other devices(phone, xbox 360, possible tablet)

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe. See additional comments.

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: No will use consumer preview of W8 until its release.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Location: Griifin, GA (Already checked and the closest MicroCenter is in Marietta which by the time I pay for tax and gas
the savings aren't worth it)

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: Insignia 22'' 720p TV

Additional Comments: Originally planed to spend around $1800 on a Macbook pro but decided against it due to the
fact I just got a decent Laptop (HP G62) for my perposes less then a year ago. So I decided to
look into building a desktop. The reason I'm limiting the budget to $1300 is to leave enough for
a decent monitor and maybe picking up a Nexus 7. Sorry for the long explanation.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: N/A


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K -

MoBo: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO -

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB -

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 -

GPU: Cant decide between ASUS GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 - And the MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC -

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner -

Case: Either Corsair Vengeance Series CC-9011019-WW White Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -
Or CM Storm Stryker - Released on the 17th of July (Opinions on the Corsair?)

SSD: (Already purchased) Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT180A3K5 -

Heat sink: Hyper 212 Evo -

Will it be Ok to have a tower heat sink on a computer that will probably be moved a lot or should I get a Corsair closed water loop solution? To prevent MoBo damage.

I plan on using a external 500GB drive for storage for now (I only have about 100GB of data on my laptop that I use daily and a good portion of that is music).

I'll combo where I can when I purchase the is more of just spec. list.

Yes this is my second post about basically the same thing but the first one I had no clue of what I needed this is more of a more informed follow up/double check.
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  1. everything looks good to me don't buy a closed loop they only preform as good as heat sinks but cost more total waste of money other than that your good to go
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    I also think the MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC would be a good choice my friend bought the ASUS GTX670-DC2T-2GD5 had all kinds of problems with it so i don't think the newegg bad reviews are for nothing i usually take those with a grain of salt but that's to many bad reviews to ignore also that's a great motherboard you picked don't let anybody talk you into getting a different one
  3. Thanks, looks like I'll have to wait for the MSI to get restocked but in mean time I'm probably gonna get the rest this weekend.
  4. Best answer selected by SirCJ.
  5. SirCJ said:
    Thanks, looks like I'll have to wait for the MSI to get restocked but in mean time I'm probably gonna get the rest this weekend.
    Your very welcome you could get the MSI one at tigerdirect they have it in stock same price
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