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Building a brand spanking new system, need input

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July 22, 2012 10:15:40 AM

Hi all! Sorry for the umpteenth 'Is this good?' post, but I need the info. I've been planning on building a new gaming rig, and recently acquired the capitol to do so. I tooled around, and found this build suggestion on another site. It looks sound to me, but I wanted to get some better informed opinions.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($224.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $1666.47
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 05:00 EDT-0400)

If you see anything that could be improved, either in cost or performance, let me know. The maximum I'm willing to spend is $2000, so decent performance improvements with increased cost isn't out of the question, they just have to be justifiable. I forgot to add: I may overclock, I don't need a monitor (I have both a 26" LCD and a 46" LED), and I'll prolly need another OS. Not sure if I left anything out.
July 22, 2012 10:32:26 AM

If you've posted here before you probably have been told already, but: For gaming an I7 and 16gb ram are overkill, if you've got the money and want them then go for it, but you will probably never use them. Unless you are a serious audiophile or doing music editing you probably dont need the sound card either, I believe the sabertooths onboard audio would be more than good enough.
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July 22, 2012 11:07:05 AM

Thanks bro. It seems there's some back-and-forth about the i7 and i5. Many people are suggesting to use the i5-3570 on other threads, but others seem to be swearing by that i7. I figured 16GB was overkill on the RAM, but it's only about $50 difference, so I'll have think about that some more. I'm pretty serious about my music, but if you think the Z77 has it covered plenty, then I'll take your word for it.
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July 23, 2012 7:30:34 AM

Shamelessly bumping... I need advice quick because I plan on purchasing within the week. Oh yeah, I definitely plan on overclocking.
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