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$900 gaming rig (please critique)

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September 23, 2012 6:10:42 PM

I'm asking this for a friend of mine who has limited knowledge of gaming hardware.
I used PC Part Picker to list the parts. I did this quickly at 5:30am so hopefully it's decent: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ihcm

Approximate Purchase Date: probably within the next 3 months

Budget Range: $900ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, Blade and Soul, Torchlight II, BF3, Borderlands 2)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Not sure

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none, really...

Location: Zip 32960 (Florida)

Parts Preferences: part agnostic (though I prefer Intel for CPU and AMD for graphics)

Overclocking: Not initially. Possibly in the future for longevity

SLI or Crossfire: Not initially. Possibly in the future for longevity

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Comments: He mostly plays MMOs, partially because his current desktop can't handle the newer first person shooters. Hopefully this will get him above 60 FPS in MMOs and around 40-45 FPS in shooters.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: his first gaming rig!!!

Thanks in advance!
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September 23, 2012 6:31:54 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $336.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme3/ <----- another look at that board


http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $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)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSSDP-128... $92.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $90.70 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
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September 23, 2012 7:57:57 PM

A solid build, I just changed the memory, video card, psu and added a copy of Windows.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Notes: I prefer Kingston because they have the lowest return rates of all memory manufacturers, but not too critical a change.

Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Notes: The Crucial M4 is a solid pick, you might also look at Samsung's 830 series (though the M4 seems cheaper right now).

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Notes: I think you were overspending on your previous GPU. I can run BF3 on max settings with a GTX 460; the GTX 560 is an overclocked and optimized version of the 460. It's still near the top of the performance charts (see here) and will cost you $120 less (it's also a very quiet card).

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Notes: This PSU is normally about $130, $10 more than your previous choice. So for $10 more you get superior build quality, true modularity (on Newegg, "modular" means you still have a mass of cables mixed with some modular ones, "full modular" is imo legitimately modular, meaning you actually plug in only the cables you need), and a gold efficiency rating as opposed to just bronze.

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $946.90

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 15:38 EDT-0400)
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