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I'm going to build a new computer after Christmas with a focus on gaming. I'm upgrading from an Asus G73-SW laptop. I have a budget of about 1300$ (somewhat flexible). I was wondering if this is a good start in terms of parts. I don't need an OS, optical drive or PSU. As well I really like the NZXT switch case :) All opinions and suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!


CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Gene V
Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Boot Drive: SanDisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte GTX670 OC 2GB Windforce x3
Case: NZXT Switch 810
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  1. Are you gonna be overclocking? Do you need OS? Any other intensive usage apart from gaming?
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    Switch 810 - excellent choice. One of the best out there right now. However I'm not crazy about the motherboard choice. No reason to purchase a motherboard that small for a case that big though. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

    For that budget I'd suggest this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1383.75
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 19:08 EST-0500)
  3. Thank you so much!
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