My First Gaming PC Build in 7 Years

Hey guys. As the title says, this is my first attempt at a gaming rig in some time. My end goal is to be able to run games like BF3, Total War: Shogun 2, War Z, and any other newly released or upcoming FPSs at max FPS. Of course, I'm living within a budget so this is as reasonably close as I can get without breaking the bank.

Cart Price : $1,337, which has blown my budget of $1000. If there's anything I could do w/o or downgrade with minimal drop in overall power, I'm open to suggestions.

I'm looking to run at a res of 1920 x 1080

I'd love any suggestions / critiques. And if it saves me some extra $$, even better!

At the moment, this is what I've filled my Newegg shopping cart with:

CPU - i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics

MB - ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)

GFX - GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

SSD - SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064B/WW 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
*For OS

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PS - Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91

Case - Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

DVD - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
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  1. you should tell us whats your budget,whats ur resolution...if you can afford all this i would get bigger ssd maybe 128...
  2. k, i edited that info in :)
  3. Things are going to be tight on a 64GB SSD, I should know its my primary drive too (patriot pyro SSD 60GB). I still have 29GB left but ive since gotten a samsung 128GB SSD and am using that just for games, which i recommend. The 830's 128GB are down to 90 bucks on NE, which is awesome for that drive. You could save ~60-100 bucks if you were willing to go with a HD 7950 over a 670 and the performance would be pretty much the same, especially if you OC.
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    Things are going to be tight on a 64GB SSD,

    I completely 100% agree there - my work PC used to run a 64GB M4 and Windows would keep telling me that the drive was out of space or near low on space. I switched to a 128GB Vertex 4 - no space constraints at all.

    My suggestions would be to drop the SSD, and if you're not going to overclock drop the CPU to the i5-3470 and motherboard to H77 ATX, that will save you almost $220 off that build.
  5. Hmmm, I was planning on OCing the CPU, but I guess the real question is, what will be the difference in the gaming department.
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