Can you take a look at my build?

Hey, I've been thinking about building my own PC for quite some time now, and I think I'm almost ready. I'm 14 and to spend this much on anything is a very hard thing to do. I have been thinking about it for almost a year just to make sure it's something I really want, and I think it is, not just because of the PC (though it mostly is), but because of the experience I can have building it. I have spent numerous hours researching and planning for it. My plan since early this year has been to wait until Black Friday to make the purchases. Even if I don't get a huge amount of deals, I'll still know that I really wanted it. Plus, now that the GTX 660 Ti is out, that just makes it better. If you can take a few minutes and look over my build and see if everything looks good it'd be a huge help. Also, feel free to make any recommendations. I also have a question, do any of you regret buying your gaming PC?

Approx. Purchase Date: Black Friday

Budget Range: >$1050 for tower only, >$1400 for entire setup (monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS, tower)

System Usage: Gaming, School, Video/Picture Editing, Web, Multimedia

Buying a Monitor: Yes

Buying OS: Yes

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Don't know which monitor I should get. Looking at this: or this: If there's any you know of tell me please. Prefer less than $150 and 23-24"
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  1. Don't get the 660Ti. Get the 7950. It's about $300-$320. Spend a bit more and get the Extreme4 mobo, but it's not a big thing. Do not get an OCZ SSD. Updates are destructive and not as reliable as a Crucial or Samsung. Corsair 600w is $60 @Amazon.

    Get this monitor:
  2. Also, let me ask. What will you use this PC for? By Black Friday every thing will have changed. New components, prices, new stuff coming out, etc.
  3. Without keyboard and mouse:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ B&H)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($412.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.90 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1379.81
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 17:09 EDT-0400)

    It will go a bit over your budget when you find a mouse and keyboard, but I would really try to just scrape up some extra money and go for it. It will be an awesome build for the price.
  4. He has a Microcenter nearby, so the CPU and mobo come out to $250.
  5. Then I guess he can afford a keyboard and mouse without any problems.
  6. I just want to know what the purpose of this build is. Is it for BF3, MP3, Crysis etc. or solely for web browsing, movies, Office work, etc.
  7. I would go for the 670 either way. He can afford it, it will be better in current games, and it will last him a bit longer than the 660ti would.

    (I assume you're talking about the GPU).
  8. I'm talking about the rig as a whole.
  9. obsama1 said:
    I'm talking about the rig as a whole.

    The builds mostly for gaming. I plan on playing games like BF3, Crysis, Far Cry 3, Skyrim, GTA V, and more. I will of course be doing school work on it like word processing and all that.
  10. nafoni said:
    I would go for the 670 either way. He can afford it, it will be better in current games, and it will last him a bit longer than the 660ti would.

    (I assume you're talking about the GPU).

    Is the 670 all that better?
  11. Also, I was wondering if it was worth it to overclock. I'm kinda new to that and I don't really know what it means.
  12. Get the 670 then. Also, you know how the 3570K runs at 3.4GHz, right? Overclocking is making your CPU run faster than it's supposed to. So, you can make that i5 run at 4Ghz and even faster than that. It's easy, but if start changing voltages and try to run at 4.8Ghz+, then you shorten the lifespan of the CPU. You don't gain a ton of speed from it, but it does help and it's fun! You can do the same to your GPU as well. I would go with nafoni's build and get the CPU and mobo from microcenter, but change the mobo to an ASrock Extreme 4. At Microcenter, you get $50 off the mobo if you buy it with your CPU, so it comes out to $274.98 for the Extreme 4 and i5 together.
  13. Also, this will be an awesome build and you will gain a lot of knowledge and experience from it!
  14. Your choosing part's already when your going to buy at the end of November?
  15. Better to choose the parts maybe a week or two in advance. Or, buy it soon.
  16. Buy it now if you got the money. No reason to wait. Swap swap the board for the Extreme4 if you want to.
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