CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.48 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
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Comes with a 670 gtx oc and if you need more power latter on you can still add another one 670 gtx cause the mobo and psu support it.
-the hyper 212 is a better heatsink. zalman stuff tends to have mounting that isnt easy to assemble
-cheaper ram again
-dont get the 840. it uses nand that is lower quality than async nand which is the lowest tier of flash you can get for a SSD. the 840 uses usb quality nand
-the 670 can easily be powered by a 550w. you would want a 750 for SLI
This zalman is more easy to install than the hyper 212, also does a pretty good job as a budget cooler, if he said "Overclocking: Maybe" this one allows to oc the cpu @ a 4ghz, i think whats most important will be 670 gtx or a 7970 ghz in the system for gaming.
I always recommend low profile ram not that expensive.
And yes 550w will be enough for the 670 gtx but the 650w will be enough for sli the two cards while the 550w will not.
SSD ok, switch for a samsung 830 128 gb, my mistake i though it was 840 pro series : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I think a 64 gb ssd for boot os still is better than no ssd at all(ofc i know all 64gb are overpriced), for the 7970 ghz fit on it had to be a 64 gb ssd which by the way is a really good ssd, and i just made enough builds for this thread if anyone has a better recommendation by all means.
The 650w of the xfx is more than enough even for a 690 gtx see : GeForce GTX 690 - 46A (there is a guy running a i7-3770k and a 690 gtx with 550w).
XfX 650w : Single, high power +12V rail (up to 52A/624W)
if you uise the 64gb as a cache it would make more sense but using it as a standalone would limit everything you do. the SSD is supposed to store both the OS and some games but SSDs arent supposed to go above 80% capacity or they slow down by large amounts. add onto the fact that 60/64gb SSDs are slow compared to their 128gb models