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October 23, 2012 2:39:28 AM

I have always wanted to have a gaming PC but never had the spare funds to spend. I recently got approved for a preferred account with for $4000. I get 0% interest for 12 months on anything over $500. I want to limit my cost to as low as possible while still maintaining the best performance for the price. I am thinking a budget of around $1,500 just for the system hardware. I also have to buy a monitor/keyboard/OS and whatever other peripherals. I have a small office and little children so I won't have a lot of space for a big multi-screen setup. I don't believe I will be playing on a resolution any higher than 1080p for the foreseeable future. I looked at the GPU 2012 benchmark results on here, but it's all Greek to me so I really have no idea what card would meet my needs but not be a waste of money for things I won't be doing like multi-displays or whatever graphic intensive activities other than gaming.

I also plan on trying to overclock some, from what I have been reading its trial and error but very easy apparently.

I put this together in the meantime please impart your technical expertise on me so I can make an informed purchase.

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Black

CPU: i5 3570k

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO

Mobo: ASRock Extreme4 Z77

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8GB (2x4) 1600

GPU: EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked Signature 2GB 256-bit

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0gb

SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

PSU: SeaSonic X-Series 850W 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular

Optical: ASUS DRW 24x DVD Burner

Total: $1,490.00 before shipping
Also input on keyboard, monitor, and OS should I get 32bit vs. 64bit should I wait for Windows 8 or not?

Keyboard: LITE-ON PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

Monitor: ASUS 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD w/Speakers

OS: Windows 8 vs. 7 32bit vs. 64bit?

Brings total from $1,490 to $1,700 with these selected components, making my monthly payments very manageable around $141.

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October 23, 2012 3:35:22 AM

I would get this monitor instead
I would get windows 7 64-bit, as I have not heard much about windows 8 and it makes me a little nervous.
Get this mobo instead. It will save you a few bucks because it comes with free ram.
I would get this 7970 ghz edtion instead. It is better than the 680 in my opinion
That will save you a few bucks. Reading benchmarks isn't that hard. All you are looking at is the model of card then it is compared to a bunch of other cards at the same graphical settings as all the other cards.
October 23, 2012 4:31:39 AM

There's no real point on buying a 32-bit OS right now.

+1 on the 7970 GHz. It outperforms the 680 for ~$50 LESS. Save yourself the cash.
If you really want nVidia though, get the 670. The 680 performs very close to it, you're basically paying ~$100 for a 5% increase in performance.