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Please review my first-time $800 gaming PC build

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November 17, 2012 8:06:01 AM

Hello,
I have just put together a parts list for my first PC build and would like any advice, suggestions, etc. that anyone has to offer.

I will mostly be using this computer to play a mix of Shooter and Strategy games, surf the web, and stream movies.

I do not currently plan on overclocking or running dual video cards, but the option is nice.

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Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K -- $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -- $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 02G-P4-3664-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti FTW Signature2 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card -- $285
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL -- Free with purchase of motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply -- $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD R 8X DVD RW 8X DVD R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224BB/RSBS -- $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -- $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total -- $802

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Thank you for any and all replies!
November 17, 2012 8:15:48 AM

The 660 Ti is crippled on high resolutions thanks its low bus rate. Get the 7950 instead - same price as the 660 Ti, but has a close performance to the 670 and it has a higher VRAM and bus rate. It's at the same price point as well.

You have the option to OC with that combo of CPU and motherboard; with that comes a CPU cooler installation. Installing that would be a pain with the tall heatspraders the Ripjaws X come with. Consider low profile ones such as the G.Skill Ares/Sniper.

I don't believe Apevia has the best reputation for PSUs. Get the XFX 550w, you shouldn't cheap out on this particular component since a bad unit can cause your components to fry if it fails.
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