First Gaming PC Build

What do you think?

Approximate Purchase Date: This week (today or tomorrow, preferably)
Budget Range: $1600-2200 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Only Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes: 27" Widescreen 1920x1080 Sceptre X270W-1080P LCD Display w/ Built-in Speaker, DVI, & HDMI-Input

Parts to Upgrade: None/unknown

Do you need to buy OS: Will purchase with Windows

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Location: Seattle, WA

Parts Preferences: Doesn’t matter

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Answered above.

Additional Comments: I need to buy the set complete, as I don’t have the skill to assemble the components.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I’m trying to get a gaming PC that won’t struggle with the games I enjoy playing, with mods included on the games.

CPU: IntelCore i7-3770k 3.0GHz 8MB Intel smart cache LGA1155

Cooling Fan: Thermaltake FRIO Overclocking Cooler Fan (CLP0564)

Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

Memory: 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 4GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)

Motherboard: * [CrossFireX] ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI (Extreme OC Certified)

Intel Smart Response Technology for Z77: 30 GB Corsair Nova 2 SATA II 3.0Gb/s SSD - 270MB/s Read & 220MB/s Write (Single Drive)

Power Supply Upgrade: 800 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready

Optical Drive: LG UH12LS28K 12X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo Drive (BLACK COLOR)

This is priced out at $2011 on the Cyberpower site.

Thank you!
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    First off, I recommend you build your own. You get more for your money this way. Plenty of tutorials out there to help you. That pc you're looking at now is extremely overkill if all you're gonna be doing is gaming. Try this...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($83.74 @ Mwave)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($105.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1371.49
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-31 15:29 EDT-0400)

    You can choose whatever case you wish. I chose the Antec 1100 because it's a good looking case with great air flow and cable management. If you do go with the case I recommended, you'll want to grab about 7 extra 120mm case fans. The case only comes with two. One of those fans that it comes with has blue LEDs.

    If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask. Hope this helps; good luck!
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