New Gaming PC; i5, Z77, GTX670, etc; ~$1250

Hello,

I am making a new gaming PC for myself. I was wondering if I can get opinions/advice/suggestions on my build. Right now I got some parts picked out that I think would be quite nice. I have a decent amount of experience putting computers together, however not too much experience in choosing the best parts or deals. What I want out of this computer is to be able to play BF3 maxed out and have a system that would be ready for upcoming games such as BF4 and Crysis 3. I appreciate all the help. Thank you.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within three weeks

Budget Range: $1250 subtotal before rebate, promo and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming(C, MATLAB), Surfing the web

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg(prefer to buy all from here); I also live near a Mircocenter and TigerDirect

Location: Chicago, IL USA

Parts Preferences: core i5 Ivy Bridge, nvidia GTX670

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I will need to buy one, but it will be a 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I already have a mouse, keyboard, and speaker set. As far as how it looks, I am not too worried about that. However, I would like something that is somewhat quiet.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Well... my computer right now has a Pentium 4 and 8600 gts :pt1cable: :pt1cable: :pt1cable: So... yeah, I need a new desktop pretty badly. I have a decent gaming laptop, but I don't see it lasting me much longer. I want to start with a nice fresh new powerful build. :bounce:

Parts List:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100

EVGA 02G-P4-2676-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW LE 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130802

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115233

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Subtotal (before rebate, promo, shipping): $1189.91
I was hoping I can get the cost down a bit more if possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, I will try to answer back as soon as i can. Once again, thanks for the help.
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  1. Get the 3450. The 3570 isn't worth it. Also, since you're not OCing, no reason to get a Z77 board. Get an H77 Pro3/MVP.
  2. this is better
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dgt5

    yeah there is no point of the 3570 and z77
  3. you can probably save even more money by buying a fractal core 1000 but the 302 has great build quality
  4. Ok cool I understand what you guys are saying. The Z77's are for Ocing and SLI/Crossfire type of things. The H77's are more mainstream.

    Just out of curiosity, aside from the mobo and cpu, is there anything else that I should change? In other words, could I make the system I mentioned above with out hindering myself in any way?

    Thank you guys so much.

    TheBigTroll said:
    you can probably save even more money by buying a fractal core 1000 but the 302 has great build quality


    I would like to stay with a standard ATX mobo just so I can have more expandability, just in case.
  5. Get an H77 Pro4/MVP then.
  6. A bunch of my friends convinced me that SLI in the future might be a better deal so I don't I have to buy a new computer for a while.
    Can someone help me with a rebuild?
    Thanks
  7. A bunch of my friends convinced me that SLI in the future might be a better deal so I don't I have to buy a new computer for a while.
    Can someone help me with a rebuild?
    Thanks
  8. It isn't. Always better to get one single powerful GPU now then CF/SLI it later OR just get a new single powerful GPU.
  9. +1 on that
  10. In my opinion, the only people that should get dual cards are thre ones running 3 monitor setups. There is simply no need on a single monitor, you will run into too many unnecessary issues with heat, power consumption and compatibility. It might even cost more once you include the fact that you have to improve your motherboard, PSU and cooling and cope with more noise to accommodate them.
  11. azeem40 said:
    It isn't. Always better to get one single powerful GPU now then CF/SLI it later OR just get a new single powerful GPU.


    Yeah I agree with this - and I've had both - single powerful GPUs, and two weaker SLI'd. I vast prefer the single powerful card like I'm using now. I will eventually crossfire it when the prices drop more.
  12. Waiting until your card is outdated to SLI/Crossfire isnt a good idea either. Lets imagine you bought a HD 4870, still a respectable card but certainly showing its age now. If you decided to Crossfire those, you would get performance similar to the HD 6870/GTX 560. Yeah its an improvement but its not going to last long if you like ultra high settings.
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