What do you think of the configuration (Gaming computer, below $800)

Hello everyone,

Do you see anything obviously wrong with the following configurtaion:

- GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500
- GIGABYTE GV-N56GOC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
- Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE
- G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB

GTX560 (SLI) should allow for later upgrade with the second card.
Currently will be used stock cooler.

The computer will be used for gaming, budget is somewhat limited.

What do you think of it?
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  1. Is okay
  2. You're blowing too much money on ram, drop down to 8Gb at 1600Mhz and invest the saved money into a better graphics card. Unless you're into video editing you don't need 16Gb of ram and above 1600Mhz the amount of increased performance decreases substantially.

    And if you want to add a second graphics card in the future stick with z77.
  3. mlcaouette said:
    You're blowing too much money on ram, drop down to 8Gb at 1600Mhz and invest the saved money into a better graphics card. Unless you're into video editing you don't need 16Gb of ram and above 1600Mhz the amount of increased performance decreases substantially.

    And if you want to add a second graphics card in the future stick with z77.


    I agree with this. I also think there's no point in purchasing a GTX 560 - it's old and outdated now and there's better choices you could go with.

    For $800 try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.86 @ 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 ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $796.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 18:57 EST-0500)
  4. Thanks everybody.

    I have decided to shift the balance toward the better video-card: Radeon HD 7870

    BTW, PCPartPicker is indeed a usefull tool.
    Did not know about the site before.

    Thanks again.
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