Please take a look and leave input on my first pc build

Here's what I've got so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k2li

Approximate Purchase Date: around Christmas

Budget Range: $800-$975 after shipping and rebates

System Usage from Most to Least: Gaming, surfing the web, schoolwork

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Location: Easton, Pennsylvania

Parts Preferences: I want the nzxt phantom case, want a intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to keep the nzxt phantom window, would like to play games like arma 2 smoothly
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  1. A couple of suggestions: Get low profile ram eg http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d8gao

    Get a 7950 for about the same price which outperforms the 660Ti eg http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-1003522l
    It's actually cheaper.

    I assume the Network Adaptor is WiFi not an ethernet card? There is no point in a separate ethernet card is onboard ones are fine.

    You can get a cheaper PSU such as this OCZ one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-power-supply-ocz600mxsp

    EDIT:Fixed link
  2. You picked some pretty good components, but I think there is some areas for improvement.
    It's just a tad over-budget, but the 7970 is worth it.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k4wJ
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k4wJ/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k4wJ/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)

    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)

    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)

    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)

    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)

    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.99 @ Amazon)

    Other: Belkin power surge protector ($24.99)

    Other: Nzxt Phantom Full Tower Case (red) ($109.99)

    Other: Nzxt phantom window panel ($24.99)

    Other: Network adaptor ($19.99)

    Total: $965.88

    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Any questions, just ask.
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