First Build, have some ideas, looking for more! $1000-1300

I have halfway figured out my first build ever, need some pointers and advice! Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks from today

Budget Range: 1000 to 1300 USD After rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming & Design work.

Need OS:Yup, Windows 7

Are you buying a monitor: No, unless I can find a good deal, or someone knows of one.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I am getting mostly everything at Micro Center and NewEgg

Country: Michigan, USA

Parts Preferences: Look below for plans so far....

Overclocking: Eventually ....

SLI or Crossfire: most likely in the future.

Additional Comments: This will be my first build. I plan on using it mostly for gaming and some design stuff.... nothing too crazy. Also plan to try get Micro Center to price match some of the stuff off NewEgg.... wish me luck!


The Build Idea: Feel free to change anything I have picked out... but if you do please give a few reasons why. Such as more bang for my buck.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0386359

*Microcenter deal - $50 for getting the core i5 and mobo!

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg.com)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg Out of stock...)
So... $424.96 @ Amazon.com!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0080I06WQ/ref=asc_df_B0080I06WQ2091290?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B0080I06WQ&hvpos=1o1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10155655601007807407&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=

Case:NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Case($119.99 @ Newegg.com)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067&Tpk=NZXT%20Phantom%20PHAN-001WT
-OR-
Corsair Carbide Series 500R ($139.99 @ Newegg.com, 129 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Power%20Supplies-_-Corsair-_-17139021&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=
OS: Windows 7

Memory: Unsure yet, looking for ideas/deals!

Hard Drive(s) Unsure yet, looking for ideas/deals! I would like at least 1 TB and a possible SSD...

Optical Drive Unsure yet, looking for ideas/deals!

[bAnything I am missing?

Any and all help is welcome!
Again thanks!
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  1. RAM...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    or you may wanna go with the low profile RAM. Heat spreaders usually get in the way when installing a cooler such as the 212 evo...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

    HDD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    SSD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
    or...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206

    optical drive...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Everything else looks great...just take note that the microcenter deals are in store only. so you're only gonna get that kinda deal if you live within driving distance of a microcenter.

    I would also recommend this case...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    It offers better airflow and more fan mounts.

    Other than those few things I mentioned, looks great. Either way, you're gonna be one happy dude when you get those parts and start the amazing journey of putting it together. =)
  2. Thanks for the advice! So far this is my plan.... curious if anyone sees anything wrong with it, or if should change anything...

    There is a Micro Center not too far from me btw.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 - $50 promo (139.99) @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.00 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1282.88
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


    Few things I may change......

    THE CASE - usually don't care about the case.... just being a little nuts I guess
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R ATX Mid Tower -$10.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Cases%20(Computer%20Cases%20-%20ATX%20Form)-_-Corsair-_-11139011&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower +$40.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009

    NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK +$30.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146068

    NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B2 +$10.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146091

    THE MOBO - I could save some money... what would I miss out on?
    ASRock Z77 Pro4-M 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard -$80.00
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387629


    Uhhh also... if anyone sees any deals or combos on newegg for me I would be forever in your debt....
    Please let me know what you guys think!

    Thanks!
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