1st Gaming Desktop - Any advice is appreciated

Hey Guys.
So as the title says i wish to build my first gaming computer but wondering if my build works.
i'm open to all suggestions, any advice is great.

My biggest priority is being able to play the latest games on ultra e.g. bf3,d3,chrysis 2 but i also want quiet and stable Desktop.

Budget Range: Not a big deal as long as i know i'm getting my monies worth

Monitor: Yes (1920x1080) Cant Decide if i want a 21" or 24". please share your experience with monitor sizes

Overclocking: Sometime in future but Yes

Sli: Maybe (i need a little advice on this)

So far this is what i came up with

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4Ghz Socket 1155 Box

CPU FAN:Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

RAM:G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL9 2x4GB

GPU: ASUS GTX670-DC2-2GD5 GeForce GTX 670 2GB



HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5

SDD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB


PSU: SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 750w

CASE: Open to suggestions (would like a quality gaming case that wont hurt my wallet to much)

I'm pretty much sold on the Mobo and the Cpu but everything else i'm willing to change.
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    if it is a gaming case, here are what i would suggest

    1: antec 302 (usually 54.99 but price may have gone up a little)

    2: corsair carbide 500R (around 120 dollars)

    either case is great but the 500R is more premium. doesnt mean that the antec 302 has bad build quality because its about as good as corsair from what i experienced.

    a nice monitor is the asus pa238q. its a IPS panel meaning better image quality and better angle viewing. they sell for 229.99. if that is too much, the asus vs228h-p is another great choice. its a TN panel which isnt as good but still has great image quality. they sell for 139.99

    here is the parts list
  2. If you were in my position would you get the antec or the corsair also.Whats your thought on the NZXT phantom 410?
  3. I'd go between the 500R and the Phantom 410. I have the 500R and it is super easy to work with. Everything minus the SSD screw-in is tool-free.
  4. i personally like silent cases so the cases dont really apply to me that much

    the phantom 410 has quite a bit of plastic (which i dont like much).

    id spring for the corsair case since you are spending a lot of money in the build but here are 2 unboxings of it and you should check them out for yourself.
  5. ^well that's 2 votes for corsair so i guess i'm going corsair

    as for the monitors

    what do u think of this monitor compared to your Pa238q

    ASUS VS239H-P
  6. the pa238q has a much better design. its also pre-calibrated for color accuracy from the factory (although not as good as doing it yourself). the pa238q has a great stand that is full adjustable for your needs. better off with the pa238q

    i have the QR version which is the same panel but without picture in picture, a displayport cable, and a couple of other software features. the QR has a game mode though
  7. It has worse color reproduction, worse viewing angles, and worse black levels.
  8. Ok before i run off and buy a IPS

    How much more better is a IPS compared to a TN?is it even noticeable?

    is it worth the extra coin?

    Also i heard TN are better for gaming because it has better response times. Is this true?
  9. i rather trade picture quality over response time. i used the QR and the VS and they are pretty close in day to day use since asus did something with their TN panels so that they look better than most other TNs and have a slightly larger viewing angle. they are close but to a professional or a serious user, its completely different

    @azeem40: you meant the pa238QR?
  10. Best answer selected by xkrimzonx.
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