$1500 Gaming Rig Homebuilt. What do you think?

I just threw this rig together on Newegg. I really don't know what I'm doing exactly, so be gentle please! Would I be getting my moneys worth from this?
I am an active gamer, and I like pretty graphics, so......

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ~1 month- 1 1/2 months (need to save up)

Budget Range: ~1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web, moves

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, or any site that has cheaper

Location: Building at home

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe (need to read up on this before I try)

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I play a variety of games including Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, Fallout 3 & New Vegas, Rage, The Witcher 2. I'm also looking to sort of "future proof" this computer so I don't have to constantly upgrade, at least for a while

Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower

power supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W Modular and SLI ready

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Dual GPU/SLI: ASUS ENGTX550 Ti/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470

Or, depending on advice for overclocking

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Blu-ray writer: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Any advice for using a Hybrid HHD with an SSD? I hear they are faster... The motherboard that I have listed above has Smart Responce technology, so maybe another reason to do hybrid?

Monitor: LG EB2442T-BN Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitor 250 cd/m2 DFC 5M:1 (1000:1)

OS: I'll be using Win 7, possibly 8 when it comes out. Not quite sure about 8 yet...

Well, there it is.... Thanks in advance


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  1. Please fill out the form so we can better help you. It can be found in the "How to ask for new build advice" thread. Thanks.
  2. so far you have picked out some good parts.

    I have been building and overclocking computers for about 15 years so this is some of my experience to help you.

    1) instead of getting 2 gpu and running sli/crossfire, buy one single powerful card. i find sli/crossfire is a nice upgrade option for later when games start to need more than you have. the main reason for this is bugs and compatibility. i have been burned a couple of times by having games not be able to use crossfire/sli or they dont scale all that much. a single card will work on all games and at full utilization. whatever you get make sure it fits (length) in the case you choose.

    2) if you are going to overclock then get the lowest speed chip in a certain series (i5). you will always be able to match the speed of the higher clocked processor and even beet it.

    3) are you sure you need such a large hdd? unless you are storing lots of movies it seems excessive. a larger drive might be better to upgrade later on especially since ssd drives are becoming cheaper and cheaper. stay with the WD black, quick and reliable.

    4) stay with windows 7 64bit version. 32bit version will only recognize 3.5 gb of ram. microsoft seams to not do well with their odd versiOn OS. example: windows 95, windows ME, Vista. buggy and poor support. forget windows 8.

    5) never skimp on RAM! Cheap ram is usually the reasons for slow responding and unstable computers. why not get triple channel motherboard, ram, and processor? . get triple channel 6gb setup. ripjaw x in triple channel would be a nice boost. anything more than 4gb does not seem to do much at all even in games.

  3. I would personally get a Z77 motherboard in the $130 range, grab the i5-3570K and an aftermarket heatsink like the Coolermaster Hyper EVO and get a single GPU for now like the HD7870 which just got a great price cut or a GTX660ti or GTX670.

    Also I love the case you picked but if you want to save a little and still get high quality look at something like the HAF 922 or Corsair 500R.

    Otherwise looks great and make sure to get Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit to take advantage of the RAM.

    Good luck.
  4. I5 3570K
    Hyper 212 EVO
    GTX 670
    Asrock Z77 extreme4
    1 TB drive of your choice
    128 GB SSD of your choice, make sure its reliable
    Case that you like
    8 GB of decent RAM
    Windows 7 64 bit
    Dont know much bout monitors
    Great PSU, keep it
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