New gaming rig

I've been out of the computer scene for a while looking to get back into it. I always had the lowest end PC back then now that I make decent money I'm looking to build a good one. I'm going to be buying pieces over the next 4-5 months this is what I have any suggestions or comments would be great. I have a 46" Samsung 240hz LCD I will be using as my monitor I'll probably game at 1920x1080. Budget is open to about 1300 but would like to keep it under because I will have it sooner.

Antec 300

Thermaltake toughpower xt-tpk-675m 675w

Asus p8z77-v

Core i5 3570k

Noctua nh-d14

Asus HD 7850-dc2

Gskill rip jaws z 8 gb @ 2400

I needed suggestions on a ssd. Looking for about 120gb just for a boot drive. And would 8gb @ 2400 be more significant than 16gb @ 1600 ?

My last rig years and years ago was an amd anthlon x2 @ 2ghz, 2gb ddr400 and a nvidia 5600 so as you can see never really had a nice PC until my core i7 elite book but now I want a gaming rig. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. The faster memory won't benefit you while gaming. Look toward DDR3-1600 modules with a lower latency (CL8 or CL7) before going with faster speeds. 8GB is plenty and you can always add later. At $1300 I would look toward the build below... Single GPU for now and you can add a second later if needed.

    MB - ASUS P8Z77-V LK - $130 after MIR
    CPU - i5-3570k - $230
    CPU COOLER - Hyper 212 EVO - $3]
    CPU COOLER 2ND FAN - Blade Master 120mm PWM - $12]
    PWM Y-Cable - PWM Y-Cable - $7
    MEM - G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB DDR3-1600 CL8 1.5v - $55
    SSD - Crucial M4 256GB - $200
    GPU - XFX HD 7870 - $250
    BD - LB 14x BD-RW - $60
    PSU - Seasonic M12II 750w - $120
    CASE - CM HAF 912 - $60
    CASE FANS - Cooler Master 120mm 4-pack - $14
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $100


    EDIT: Rebates are not reflected in that price so your actual costs will be well below $1200...
  2. SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  3. 16gb @ 1600 is the way to go.

    Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model 994007
    $109.99 + FREE SHIPPING
  4. MB I would go with the Asrock z77 Extreme4. It is probably the most popular board out atm. You might wanna also look at the GTX 670 GPU, and you will need an actual hard drive to store files on. You dont want to be storing videos and documents on your SSD.
  5. Thanks for the suggestions guys. I will take that into consideration when buying parts.
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