New Rig

Replacing a rig I pieced together over 5 years ago. Looking for a few suggestions. Have the following in mind:

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $199
------- Bounus: this mobo comes with 8G G. Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core $319
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227792

MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 $304 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127697

Windows 7 or 8...?

My inital thoughts are that i may be buying to much CPU and not enough GPU...?

How powerfull of a PSU should i have. Currently I have a 650W PSU in my existing sytem. I think i will transfer this over if it meets the needs. Same goes for my moniotr, case, keyboard, mouse, etc...

Main interest: Mostly Gaming

Any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in Advance!
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  1. If it's mostly for gaming go with an i5 3570k. Save $100 and pour that into a better GPU.
    Personal preference is Windows 7, both will do thou.
  2. Which 650W power supply do you have? Its worth replacing if its not a great unit.

    If this is just for gaming, then there is no point for a i7-3770K. There is virtually no benefit over the cheaper i5-3570K unless you do alot of video work and stuffs.

    Also, if you plan to overclock, then make sure to get a CPU cooler.
  3. ^Going off of what he said, the i7 will get you no better (or worse, in some cases) performance than an i5 - games don't use hyperthreading.

    That motherboard is a good one, or you could go with a Gigabyte z77x-ud3h. They're both amazing for overclocking.

    Nice pick on the SSD, but I'd buy the 128GB version and a terabyte hard drive for the same price. (But that's just me, because SSDs take performance hits when they get more than 70% full.)

    Spend more on the GPU. Rough guidelines is to spend twice on the graphics card what you did on the CPU. I'd go with a GTX 670 or Radeon 7970 - the 680 is a waste of money.

    I prefer windows 7, simply because windows 8 hasn't gotten all the kinks smoothed out yet.

    Your power supply should be fine. What resolution is your monitor, and what are the other components? (Case especially - does it have decent airflow?)
  4. Ok this was good feedback looks like t I5 3570k is the way to go.

    I also changed my mind on the case and have opted for the following:
    Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0 $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129180

    As for my monitor I'd like to continue using the one I have today which is roughly 3 years old, atleast till the 3d monitors come off a bit in price.

    My existing monitor is a Samsung SyncMaster T240 (24in 5ms 20000:1 Dynamic Contrast 1920 x 1200 HDMI) This monitor was top of the line when it first came out.

    My existing power supply is Antec NeoPower 650W. This I am not sure about and wonder if I should replace.

    I also plan to start looking at the GTX670 video cards.

    Thanks
  5. The Antec NeoPower 650W will do for 670 gtx or even 7970.
  6. all the advise ^ is good.
    I recommend 7 .
  7. The power supply is fine. Good quality unit.
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