I am building my first computer and it is going to be specifically for gaming. I was going to purchase the parts today but I wanted to see if anyone could tell me how well it will all work together. All advice is helpful. Motherboard:Asus P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI Sata USB 3.0 ATX PSU:Raidmax Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 CPU:Intel Core i7-2600k Sandy Bridge 3.4 GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 1333 HD:Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 5900RPM SATA 6GB 64MB Cache 3.5 in Internal DVD-ROM:Asus Black 12x BD-ROM 16x DVD-ROM 48x CD-ROM SATA Internal Blur-Ray Drive Graphics Card:Asus ENG TX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 Geforce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ready SLI Support Video Card Case:Apevia X-TRP-RD X-Trooper Series Red Metal ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side Window
That is what I have figured out so far but if anyone would like to inform me of anything that could make it work better or be cheaper I would very much appreciate it.
The i7 is overkill for most games. I would get a i5-3570k and this motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H. The motherboard you have selected is h77 which means it cant overclock, so you would be wasting money buying the k processor, you need a motherboard with the Z77 chipset to overclock. If you are going to be overclocking you need an aftermarket cpu cooler such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. As others have said you probably want a 7200 RPM hard drive and a better graphics card such as the Radeon HD 7870 or similar card.
Wait are we even looking at the same benchmarks Matt? The HardOCP article has the 7950 beating out the 660 Ti in all of the games and contending if not beating the 670. Keep in mind the settings are pretty much Ultra @ 1080P.
In the THG 660 Ti review, at 1080P:
Batman: 7870 > 660 Ti
BF3: 660 Ti > 7870/7950
Crysis 2: 660 Ti > 7870
Dirt: 7870 > 660 Ti
Max Payne: 7870 > 660 Ti
Metro: 7870 > 660 Ti
Skyrim: 7870 > 660 Ti
At that resolution, which is the genuine standard now. The 7870 beats the 660 Ti in 5 out of the 7 games. So.... I don't know...