First Time Budget Gaming Build

This is my first DIY build, be gentle :na:

Approximate Purchase Date: End of September

Budget Range: 1200-1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming content on private LAN

Location: NYC, NY

Parts Preferences: Read Seasonic is good for PSU. Intel for cpu. (no particular brand loyalty apart from intel over amd)

Overclocking: When I learn how to do it responsibly

SLI or Crossfire: Some time in the far future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 preferably using HDMI over other connectors

Additional Comments: Plan on using laptop to try to run games on Ultra including BF3 and Planetside 2 (im in the beta)

Parts List

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($414.44 @ NCIX US)
Case: Azza Solano 1000R ATX Full Tower Case ($87.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($128.00 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S22B300B 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($169.95 @ Mac Connection)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.82 @ Amazon)
Total: $1615.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-09 01:54 EDT-0400)

Thanks in advance for any and all comments! I appreciate it.
P.S. If any one has recommendations about which thermal paste is best(artic vs mx vs tuniq etc), and things like space restrictions due to size of gpu vs RAM vs aftermarket cooler would also be appreciated. Im building this from the ground up with only theoretical knowledge so any of your wisdom would be great :D . Thanks again!
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  1. Very nice job. :) Its already good to go!

    One thing though, if you have a Microcenter near you, they sell any CPU+Mobo combo for dirt cheap. Its only a walk-in deal though, but it saves you money.
  2. If you want to save a few bucks, unless you want it for high-end photography, or design, there is no real advantage to i7 (over i5). Most things, including gaming, don't really benefit, and won't do, at least for a few years.
  3. If it were me though I would get the i5 3570k as it's $85+ less and you can put it on a SSD, also lower the watts on the PSU but stick with seasonic, go to about 550w and you'll save $30 so in the end you save $115 you can get a SSD.
  4. This psu down below is manufactured by SeaSonic for XFX as are all XFX psu's and the upper line of Corsair psu's. This build allows you to add another one of those cards later on in SLI. $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver) $157.98 save: $8.00
    ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $236.98 save: $11.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 2 TB 7200RPM SATA NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive STBD2000101 - Retail Kit $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
    SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25) $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $399.99
    MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC $90.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack $134.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $1,454.61 *not including shipping & rebates <----- another look at that monitor <----- another look at that Asrock board along with a link to the latest bios <----- another look at that case <----- review w/benchmarks of that MSI GTX 670
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