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$1500 Gaming PC. First time builder. Suggestions?

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August 17, 2012 6:58:40 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($108.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($159.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1539.01
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-17 14:58 EDT-0400)


I just wanted to check first with you guys before I order. Are there any flaws in my build? Compatibilty? Parts fitting & Assembly problems? Improvements? My budget is 1500 but I dont mind going over. Thanks appreciate it :) 
August 17, 2012 7:14:07 PM

your build is pretty nice. i will suggest some changes though

1: id change the motherboard to a z77x-ud5h since it is cheaper and has a few more hardware features. the v-pro does have better software. pick the one you like more

2:id change the video card to a msi twin frozr 4 gtx670. it has a much better cooler design

3: for the memory, you should overclock it. otherwise it would be pretty slow compared to other 1600mhz. the samsung is super easy to overclock. get it to around 1866mhz cl9-9-9-24.

4: id get a xfx xxx 750w power supply instead. same price but more wattage, more efficent, and modular

5:id get something like a asus pa238q monitor instead but yours is still ok

6: you can buy the os from this guy for much cheaper. adjust for us prices
http://ca.ebid.net/for-sale/microsoft-windows-home-prem...
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August 17, 2012 7:20:53 PM

Im getting the mobo from Microcenter for 150 as CPU/mobo combo. Thanks for the suggestions guys :)  I'll check it out
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