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

GPU: GTX 660 Ti

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4

Case: NZXT Phantom 410

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W
SeaSonic M12II 520

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Monitor: AOC 23in Ultra Slim IPS LED Monitor
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  1. looks good to me
  2. I'd change out the monitor - those are not good displays. Get this instead:

    And then get this for your power supply:

    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

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