Need help choosing components. This is my first time.

Ok I'm trying to build a gaming PC that can play Skyrim, Starcraft II and Fallout New Vegas at the highest settings, and for future games. I have some idea of what I'm doing but I don't know if I'm spending too much and I keep running into compatibility issues. I'm also having a lot of trouble finding what PSU is adequate to handle what I've got so far.

This is what I have so far and I have a budget of $1650

Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H $150
Processor: Intel i7 3770K Quad Core 3.5 GHz 6MB Cache / LGA 1155 $340
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8) DDR3 1600MHz PC3 240 pins $90
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Superclocked + 3072MB GDDR5 DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP,SLI $340
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III 7200 RPM/64MB Cache $110

Is this ok so far, is it too much for what I want? Is everything compatible? Any help is appreciated.
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  1. drop the I7 and get a 3570K, and put more into the GPU
    i would drop down to 8GB ram, 16GB is not really needed atm for gaming
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020, my recommendation for a PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127672 my reccomendation for a GPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
    and cpu

    and since there's room in your budget http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-167-093

    and that would come up to about $1300
  2. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    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 ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.26 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 600T (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1337.80
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-24 17:32 EDT-0400)

    That is without a monitor. Tell me if you need one.
  4. Thanks for the answers and I do need a monitor.
  5. ArgusMercenary said:
    Ok I'm trying to build a gaming PC that can play Skyrim, Starcraft II and Fallout New Vegas at the highest settings, and for future games. I have some idea of what I'm doing but I don't know if I'm spending too much and I keep running into compatibility issues. I'm also having a lot of trouble finding what PSU is adequate to handle what I've got so far.

    This is what I have so far and I have a budget of $1650

    Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H $150
    Processor: Intel i7 3770K Quad Core 3.5 GHz 6MB Cache / LGA 1155 $340
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8) DDR3 1600MHz PC3 240 pins $90
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Superclocked + 3072MB GDDR5 DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP,SLI $340
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III 7200 RPM/64MB Cache $110

    Is this ok so far, is it too much for what I want? Is everything compatible? Any help is appreciated.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-CC-9011012-WW/dp/B005E983JW/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346435921&sr=1-6 $118.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW

    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-Supply/dp/B005IUVYA2/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346378592&sr=1-4 $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-CrossFireX-DispayPort-Motherboard-GA-Z77X-UD3H/dp/B007R21JJK/ref=sr_1_4?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346378768&sr=1-4&keywords=Intel $149.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Processor/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=pd_ts_zgc_e_229189_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&pf_rd_p=1381382962&pf_rd_s=right-10&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=193870011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1KGKCK1WPFGTNWJ295EJ $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=pd_sim_e_7 $32.32 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Memory-Extreme-Masters-PC3-12800/dp/B008MF3R82/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1346378899&sr=1-11&keywords=patriot+8gb $46.50 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Patriot Memory Intel Extreme Masters 8 GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-12800 CL9 Memory Kit - PVI38G160C9K

    http://www.amazon.com/Lite--Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/dp/B002YIG9AQ/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346379110&sr=1-5 $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desktop/dp/B00461G3MS/ref=sr_1_7?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1346490225&sr=1-7 $67.81 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDX-240G-G25/dp/B006EKJ8UI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346379254&sr=8-1&keywords=sandisk+240gb+ssd $168.64 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-2GD5/dp/B008BGXYAS/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1346434884&sr=1-12&keywords=gtx+670 $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_text_z $90.78 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monitor-Black/dp/B005BZNDOO/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1346402688&sr=1-3&keywords=21.5+led $136.40 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $1,581.10 *includes shipping but does not include rebates


    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Edition/ <----- review of that MSI card w/benchmarks
  6. There's a nice 120Hz monitor for you here:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001537

    Get it as soon as you can - it's 110$ off.
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