First Real Gaming Computer Build Advice

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of August

Budget Range: $1000-$1500, will spend extra if the extra money is worth the increase in performance.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is all I plan to do, recording if possible.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, the bigger the better. 24"+ Preferred, but will go with smaller if needed.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but other websites acceptable if they have a lower price. I don't want to have to track shipping with multiple sites if I don't have to.

Location: South Carolina

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU (Looking at Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo), if that's not to much to ask)

Overclocking: Almost definitely.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, if I could get a better understanding. Been doing research on this.

Additional Comments: The quieter the better. I'm looking to play the newest games on the maxed out settings if I can. I'd like to record in HD if I can, I plan on uploading to YouTube to look back on what I've done.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've been wanting a gaming computer for as long as I can remember, I've always liked computers more than consoles, but never wanted to put up the money for a decent set up. Now that I have the money to spare, I'd like to build it myself instead of buying a pre-built machine.

All help is appreciated.
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  2. here you go. you can overclock and SLI in the future with ease

    SLI is to use 2 video cards at once to get more performance. right now at the given system, you can max out games pretty easily on the 1080p monitor. i wouldnt get a 24 inch monitor since they have a lower pixel density that the 21.5inch monitors
  3. Thank you, very helpful. I had no clue about pixel density, I thought the bigger the better. Much appreciated.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($75.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.89 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Acer G245HQAbd 23.6" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1387.31
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-23 09:12 EDT-0400)
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