Please Comment on My First Build Specs

I would be extremely grateful for any recommended changes or criticism for my first build.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of the month

Budget Range: (1000-1500) Before Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage: Primarily gaming as well as all around general use

This is what’s in my shopping cart:

NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-G1 Gunmetal Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Black Trim Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

EVGA 012-P3-2078-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) Classified Ultra 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ...

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...

+Windows 7 $99

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, any

Location: Connecticut

Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus, NVIDIA, unless not worth the price

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not now

Additional Comments: I would like to build a PC in my price range that has as most bang for the buck as possible while avoiding bottlenecks as much as I can.


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  1. Best answer
    That 560ti is old tech, either upgrade to a 660ti or for the same budget get a ATI 7870, if you want bang for buck then that is the card to get right now, even if you prefer NVIDIA.

    For the SSD, get a Vertex 4 instead of the Agilty 3, you get better performance and more reliabilty.

    GSkill or Corsair would be better choices for the RAM.
  2. What he said. ^^

    Change the mobo to something like the P8-Z77 or GA-Z77x-UD3H or Asrock Z77-Extreme, and you instantly save about 100 which you can use to get a better graphics card.
  3. Thanks for the advice,

    I think I'll go with the ASRock Z77-Extreme for the mobo and get the 660ti with the extra money.

    Is there anything else I need, like fans, etc.?

    Is the power supply too much or is it worth it?
  4. Best answer selected by A_Garden.
  5. The Power Supply is good. If you decide to buy another 660ti and SLI them, it'll mean you won't need to buy a new Power Supply! :)

    - Samo
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