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First gaming build for ~$1200

Title. I would like to build a computer for around $1100-1200 including a monitor. This computer will be used for mostly bf3, but I might do some recording/editing on it. I'm pretty new to this stuff so here's what I came up with so far (probably completely messed up) but anyways just let me know what you think could be improved, removed, added, etc while still staying in the 1100-1200 range. Thanks.


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CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($316.92 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: HP 2211x 21.5" Monitor ($117.00 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $1191.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-24 21:30 EDT-0400)


Made some changes to the build (thanks devilofdeaths) anybody else have anything to add or is the build pretty solid at this point?
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  1. Best answer
    change the cpu cooler to a hyper 212 EVO
    change the motherboard to a asrock z77 extreme4
    change the video card to a MSI 7870 HAWK
    power supply to a corsair tx 650 V2
    also you really dont need 16gb of ram for a gaming build 8gb is good enough and you can always upgrade in the future
  2. Thanks for the reply, its nice to have people who don't call me an idiot or something, great community. That was some good math there, ended up almost the exact same price as i started. Thanks.
  3. no problem.always happy to help
  4. i would say get the 3570k its a bit more but uses a little bit less power and is just more up-to-date
  5. also do you need 2 dvd drives?
  6. Best answer selected by pokagbamo.
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