Is this a good plan?

Right now I am planning to get a components to build a Gaming PC for Christmas. I was wanting to know if this would be a good plan?

Ok, this is my first build, and I need EVERYTHING. OS, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, and Mouse Pad. I already have headset. I am looking for any other suggestions I can get, also, do NOT suggest Newegg. I live in Tennessee which is a place Newegg charges tax.

The things I plan to do are: Gaming, Possibly Video editing/rendering, Web, and Schoolwork. The games I plan to play are Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Black Ops 2, maybe Starcraft 2, and some other upcoming titles.

For about $1400 (BEFORE REBATES) I can get this:


Windows 7 Home Premium OEM

Acer 22" 1920x1080 Monitor

Logitech G400

Logitech G110

Ultra Mouse Pad

Battlefield 3

Kaspersky AntiVirus

Hiro 300mbps Wireless-N External Network Card


Cooler Master Storm Enforcer

i5 2500k (instead of 3570k for overclocking purposes and $10 cheaper)

Gigabyte Z68-D3H-B3

Cooler Master Hyper 212+

Cooler Master Thermal Compound

8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM

1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue HDD

Sony Optiarc dvd drive

OCZ ModXstream 700w Modular


Alright, here's what I'm thinking. I can get that EVGA 560 Ti now, and then in about 2-3 years, get another one and SLI it. I already put a 700w SLI Ready PSU in the build and the Motherboard is CrossfireX/SLI ready. Once I SLI the 560 Ti my computer should last a couple of more years right? I don't really want to max out games, I just want to play them at better than console quality, smoothly. Please tell me if this is a good idea? If not, please share your ideas with me, I would be more than willing to read and consider them. Thanks :D
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  1. First off you do not need a mouse pad, that is a waste of money. Don't include software in your builds - and this includes anti virus programs and games. You want your computer to be about hardware only, get the software and the little things later.

    For $1400 including monitor - I'd go with a completely different build. I would have suggested this last year, but that was last year.

    Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1116.78
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-18 18:22 EDT-0400)

    Add monitor / keyboard / mouse and you're good to go.
  2. the thing about SLI/Crossfire. do, it within 6 months, or dont do it at all.

    the 560ti will soon be replaced with the 660, and people will tell you to upgrade instead of SI's your older stiuff
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