First New Build confirmation

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next few months. (Buying a part at a time)

Budget Range: Around $1250 (could go for little less or more, but not more than $1300)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming, Surfing on the web, and the occasional Photoshop and Premiere Pro for Youtube videos but nothing too serious)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (The monitor is not part of the $1300 budget, but cannot be more than $200 itself)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Location: Bradenton, Florida, US

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor, Full ATX Mobo

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Additional Comments: The NZXT Phantom 410 will have to stay, the case looks too good and is my favorite of all the cases I could find.


I have done a lot of research and I have come up with these parts: (Open to any additional suggestions before I start buying parts.):


CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

GPU: GTX 660 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

Case: NZXT Phantom 410
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146086

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
or
SeaSonic M12II 520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB
http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC128B-WW/dp/B0077CR60Q/

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Direct-Contact-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/

Monitor: AOC 23in Ultra Slim IPS LED Monitor
http://www.amazon.com/AOC-I2353PH-23-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B0062K9LXE/
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  1. looks good to me
  2. I'd change out the monitor - those are not good displays. Get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    And then get this for your power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Otherwise good choices all around.
  3. id change out the mobo (optional) and the GPU

    for the motherboard, if you pay 10 bucks more, you can get a gigabyte ud3h motherboard and it would be slightly better in terms of quality

    for the GPU, the performance increase from a 7870 to a 660ti is not enough to warrant the 50 extra dollars.

    what i would get
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gQGj


    note: how does your build even fit under your 1250 dollar price bracket
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