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New gaming rig <$2k, compatability check or parts suggestions

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August 7, 2012 5:17:30 PM

Hi there, I'll be returning from Afghanistan in about a month or so, and plan on using some cash to build a new rig for the home. This will be mostly used for gaming, as well as the media server for the home theater. This is my 4th build.

As of right now, trying to stay under $2k, when all is said and done. I'm just looking to the community to make sure I'm not missing anything, or if you see some serious compatibility issues/suggestions. Also, the monitor was an afterthought, since I have a 22" at home, I just felt like upgrading and the price seemed good :)  These are all based on current Newegg availability and pricing:

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $60.00
MOBO: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard: $240
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor: $230
MEM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): $105
HHD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s: $110
GPU: GA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready: $408
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE: $110
HS: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm: $60
OPTIC: ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS: $53
MONITOR: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor: $200
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM: $190
COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack : $14

Total: ~$1750, less if I decide against the monitor.
I have a builders copy of Windows Home I can use, but the Ultimate seemed a little more Ultimate-y, so I figured why not.

Thanks, greatly appreciate your guys' help!

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August 7, 2012 5:27:00 PM

That build looks pretty good. There are a few suggestions I will make:

The Sabertooth just isn't worth the premium. You could get this as your motherboard instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use the difference to upgrade your case to the Corsair 500R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alternately I'd suggest the NZXT Phantom: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Ultimate just isn't needed - you only need it if you're running the language packs or XP emulation mode. If you're not running either, get Home Premium. If you need something more than that get Pro - but don't bother with Ultimate, you're just wasting money.

Then swap your CPU cooler with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And swap your RAM with this. The problem with the Corsair Vengeance are the tall heat sinks, and 16GB of RAM just isn't needed - you won't get the full use of it. Try this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Those extra fans will be useless until you get your build up and running and see which way your air is going to flow. Drop those for now.

You should also look at adding an SSD like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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