$1000 - $1100 Gaming PC

Hey guys, I'm planning on buying my parts in a week or two, just thought I'd get them checked out first. I already have a case, it's an NZXT Phantom. I'm going to be gaming on an HDTV at 1080p.

Budget Range: around $1000-1100
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet

Parts:

CPU: i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 1155 (planning on OCing to at least 4.0 Ghz)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130644

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 Gb (2 x 4Gb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA

GPU: MSI N660 Ti 2 Gb (Sticking with a 2 Gb model for the high resolution and future and PhysX for Borderlands 2, which this comes bundled with right now)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127697

HDD: 1 Tb Western Digital Caviar Green
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236070

SSD: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60 Gb (Just for the OS basically)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227811&Tpk=OCZ%20Vertex%20plus%20R2%2060%20Gb

Optical Drive: LITE-On Internal 24x DVD Burner (I was gonna get an Asus but it wasn't compatible with Windows 7 and two people said theirs exploded so I went with a non-detonating model)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106450

PSU: OCZ ZT series 750W Bronze (Fully Modular)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341052

Total: $1,050.91

Additional Comments: I'm going to buy a sound card once I get all my rebates in so its basically free, I can live with onboard audio until then. I've already got a good mouse and keyboard. I definitely want a fully modular psu like the one I have up there.
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  1. heres what i would get
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/exwL

    if you want to save some cash, you could go with the 660ti or the 7870 which is currently 269.99. exploding dvd burners rarely happen. its the first time i ever heard of one. its most likely a defective one

    most onboard sound is good enough nowadays.in order to tell the difference between the two, you would need something like a asus ds or dx card
  2. I only have a few suggestions:

    The i5 2500K is a nice processor, but for a couple bucks more you can grab the Ivy Bridge i5 3570K. Might be worth the extra features.

    Your RAM heatsinks are a little tall. With a Hyper 212 Evo, you would be better off with low profile memory.

    Solid state drives are rapidly declining in price, and for another $40 you could probably get a 120 GB one which could hold a few games too, but its your money so don't feel too obligated to. I don't wanna push you over your budget.

    Otherwise, I hope you enjoy a sweet rig!
  3. PSU overkill?

    Drop the CPU cooler and SSD and find a cheaper PSU....gun for a gtx 670....add ssd and cpu cooler later. No game out need an i5 to OC and the SSD can be added later.

    Otherwise, looks fine.
  4. if he is to do crossfire/sli in the future, its not overkill. OC is a nice option to have but yeah, some people dont bother with it.

    adding a SSD to a system to me is more difficult than adding a hard drive to the rig later since you dont have to clone the hard drive, reinstall windows on the new SSD, and get microsoft to reactiveate windows. adding a hard drive in the system only requires you to plug in the hard drive and activate in the control center
  5. loops said:
    PSU overkill?

    Drop the CPU cooler and SSD and find a cheaper PSU....gun for a gtx 670....add ssd and cpu cooler later. No game out need an i5 to OC and the SSD can be added later.

    Otherwise, looks fine.


    While this sounds like a good idea on paper, what with spending more money on parts now and upgrading later, I would argue that for the SSD, its nice to install your OS to the SSD, rather than transfer stuff over to an SSD later when you upgrade. I ended up transferring, and I've had some weird errors because of it (e.g. Netflix will no longer play videos on my computer because it thinks the time/date is wrong).

    I agree that the PSU is a little overkill.
  6. Yeah, I went for the bigger PSU so I could SLI my 660 Ti (or 670, depending) when it gets a little outdated.
    I'm going to upgrade to the 3570k, and get low-profile RAM for now, maybe change some more stuff up later. I think I might swap to the GA-Z77X-UD3H you posted, looks like there's more room for the cooler on there and its cheaper.
    I'm keeping the SSD for my OS though, I definitely don't want to have to move Windows 7 down the road. Its a hassle.
  7. PoSpoon said:
    Yeah, I went for the bigger PSU so I could SLI my 660 Ti (or 670, depending) when it gets a little outdated.
    I'm going to upgrade to the 3570k, and get low-profile RAM for now, maybe change some more stuff up later. I think I might swap to the GA-Z77X-UD3H you posted, looks like there's more room for the cooler on there and its cheaper.
    I'm keeping the SSD for my OS though, I definitely don't want to have to move Windows 7 down the road. Its a hassle.


    Sounds awesome. Good luck!
  8. Thanks a lot for the quick replies and suggestions
  9. no problem
  10. @ the OP. 16GB of RAM for a gaming build? That's crazy.


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    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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    MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/ <----- another look at that board along with a link on there to the latest bios update

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187.html <----- Review of that board w/benchmarks

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- Review of that board w/benchmarks
  11. Why_Me said:
    @ the OP. 16GB of RAM for a gaming build? That's crazy.

    Woops, nice catch. I linked to the wrong set, I was only planning on getting 8 Gb.
    Not a bad deal with the CPU combo and that board looks pretty nice. Thanks.
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