New Gaming Rig ~$1000

Hey Everyone!

I am looking into building a new computer, this will be my first build so I'm looking for some advice. I want it to be a good gaming rig for a wide variety of games (SW:TOR, Dota 2, Borderlands 2, D3, etc.) I'm trying to stay under $1000 and the lower I can get the better. I've put together a parts list, any advice/critiques would be appreciated.

I used pcpartpicker.com to put together the list, this is the link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iXVL

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

MOBO: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131835

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130683

Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

PSU: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139034

I am planning on taking a 1TB HDD and the optical drive from my current computer for this build also. I'm open to suggestions about upgrading in one place and downgrading another if it will be better.

Thanks,
Ben
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  1. Your PSU is wayyy overkill. 1050W is just a waste of money. If your just going to be gaming theres no reason for 16gb of wasted ram. Keep in mind that games are way more reliant on the GPU than the CPU.
  2. With what you are paying for GTX560Ti, you could get the much better GTX660. With what you could save, by dropping PSU to 550w, and RAM to 8GB, you could even get the even better GTX660Ti.
  3. http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-Two-Gaming/dp/B006TVQTHW/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349029731&sr=1-6 $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-ATX12V-CrossFire-Certified-CP-9020015-NA/dp/B008RJZQSW/ref=sr_1_16?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348893800&sr=1-16 $75.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1066148 $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.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348898432&sr=1-3&keywords=CPU%2Bcooler $27.99 & 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=N82E16820231544 $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171646 $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-Graphics-GV-N660OC-2GD/dp/B00942TK8I/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348900476&sr=1-2&keywords=gigabyte+gtx+660 $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD
    Core Clock 1032MHz
    Boost Clock 1344


    Total: $831.93 *not including shipping & rebates


    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_z $90.77 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    http://www.amazon.com/Lite-On-Super-AllWrite-Layer-Drive/dp/B002YIG9AQ/ref=pd_cp_e_2 $17.99 Free Standard Shipping (3-5 days)
    Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 Version C (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000DM003/dp/B005T3GRNW/ref=sr_1_9?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348901218&sr=1-9 $81.02 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desktop/dp/B00461G3MS/ref=sr_1_7?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348901218&sr=1-7 $65.52 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX
  4. pretty much what those 2 said unless you plan on going quad graphic setup theres no reason for you to have a psu so big. As for the ram you won't ever need more than 4gb for gaming

    I tweaked your build a bit less ram, a bigger Gpu And a smaller psu that still can power up 2 of those

    Here it is: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iYmc

    1004.34$ w/o rebates
  5. Thanks for all the responses everyone.

    Do I need a 750W PSU? Malbluff suggested a 550W one and I found this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068. Is that sufficient? Saves $30 off of the Corsiar one.

    Thanks for all the suggestions Why_Me and jaudain. Is there a significant difference between the GeForce 660 2GB and the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB? The GeForce is ~$80 less. Would it be viable to get the GeForce, and later get a second one and use them together with SLI?


    This is an updated list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iZiA
    Price is down to $736.91, I realize I started this as a $1000 build, but $750 sounds a lot more attractive.
  6. benm922 said:
    Thanks for all the responses everyone.

    Do I need a 750W PSU? Malbluff suggested a 550W one and I found this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068. Is that sufficient? Saves $30 off of the Corsiar one.

    Thanks for all the suggestions Why_Me and jaudain. Is there a significant difference between the GeForce 660 2GB and the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB? The GeForce is ~$80 less. Would it be viable to get the GeForce, and later get a second one and use them together with SLI?


    This is an updated list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iZiA
    Price is down to $736.91, I realize I started this as a $1000 build, but $750 sounds a lot more attractive.

    550w is for a single card. If you don't want that option then look for a cheaper board that's meant for a single card otherwise 750w is your safest option so you have some headroom with two of whatever cards.

    The 7950 is a stronger card than the 660 and runs pretty close with the $300 660 ti. Also look at the 7870's. Any of those cards mentioned will get you substantial frame rates in games.
  7. benm922 said:
    Thanks for all the responses everyone.

    Do I need a 750W PSU? Malbluff suggested a 550W one and I found this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068. Is that sufficient? Saves $30 off of the Corsiar one.

    Thanks for all the suggestions Why_Me and jaudain. Is there a significant difference between the GeForce 660 2GB and the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB? The GeForce is ~$80 less. Would it be viable to get the GeForce, and later get a second one and use them together with SLI?


    This is an updated list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iZiA
    Price is down to $736.91, I realize I started this as a $1000 build, but $750 sounds a lot more attractive.

    That partpicker list is fine, EXCEPT you don't want a B75 mobo (you can't overclock with it). Ideally you want Z77. ASRock do a slightly cheaper Z75 board, that's also OK. 550 w PSU is fine, provided you aren't going to want to add a 2nd graphics card. You'd only want to do that, if you wanted to upgrade to a 3 monitor, surround vision set-up.
  8. So something along the lines of this would be better?

    the z77 asus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131832

    or an ASRock
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131832


    One other question, is getting a modular PSU a significant improvement over the non-modular? It seems like it would make cord management a whole lot easier.
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