Finalizing build, suggestions?

I posted this already today but it didn't get a response so here it is again. Hi, first off let me say off, let me say I have posted once or twice here over the last two weeks so if you have seen this post before I'm sorry! Anyway, the computer. Since last Black Friday, I have been planning to build a gaming computer. I have never owned my own computer, but I enjoy computers and want to learn more about them and I think building a PC won't only be a fun experience but also a learning one. I am a freshman in highschool (15 in December) and I have been saving up for a long time for something like this. I have an Xbox now and I play it a lot so I think a PC like this will get me even more into the gaming world. Some games I plan to play are Battlefield 3, Planetside 2, Minecraft, Hitman, Dishonored and Far Cry 3. Since I am new to the PC gaming world, and building a PC in general I need some help with my build. I have done countless hours of research and this is my final product. Can you look over what I have and tell me what you think? All help is appreciated!

Approx. Purchase Date: Black Friday

Budget Range: Around $1350

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Preferred Websites/Places for Parts: 1) Actual MicroCenter Store 2) microcenter.com 3) newegg.com

Selected Parts:

CPU: i5 3750K - $170

GPU: GTX 660 Ti or the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 - $230 or Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 - $290

MoBo: GA-Z77X-D3H - $95 after rebate ($40 off with i5 3570K) or the Asus P8Z77 - $110

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $100 or Seagate Barracuda 7,200 RPM 1TB - $85 I want a quiet HDD without sacrificing a lot of power.

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport (will be purchased in store)- $25

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W - $90 Is 620W too much?

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 - $100

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO- $30$

SSD: Samsung 840 Series 120 GB (will be purchased in store)- $100 or Crucial m4 128GB SSD - $100

Mouse: Logitech G9x - $65

Monitor: AOC 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - $130

I also have a few questions. My first is should I look into water cooling my PC even if it is this early on? How hard will the transition from console to PC be? Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 (I'm thinking 7)? If I were to buy Windows 7, if it safe to buy on eBay with a trusted seller? What are some keyboards and monitors you can recommend? Is there anyways I can lower the price without sacrificing a lot of performance? Did I miss anything? Once again, all help is appreciated!!
Thanks

P.S. Sorry for the length, I just didn't want to forget something.
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  1. The thing is, if you want to overclock, then I would get a CPU cooler for your CPU. If not, you can save a bit of that cash for college (you'll be eating more food than you would think).

    Personally, I would go with the Radeon HD7870 over the 660Ti.

    You could get away with a 520W on this build, but having more watts is by no means a bid deal.

    PC games look much better than console.

    If you get a good air cooler, there is no need for a watercooling setup. the only reason why I have one is because I got it for free.
  2. Deemo13 said:
    The thing is, if you want to overclock, then I would get a CPU cooler for your CPU. If not, you can save a bit of that cash for college (you'll be eating more food than you would think).

    Personally, I would go with the Radeon HD7870 over the 660Ti.

    You could get away with a 520W on this build, but having more watts is by no means a bid deal.

    PC games look much better than console.

    If you get a good air cooler, there is no need for a watercooling setup. the only reason why I have one is because I got it for free.

    Can you recommend a good psu? Also, would the 7870 be able to last me a few years? Is the 7870 I picked good?
  3. Deemo13 said:
    The thing is, if you want to overclock, then I would get a CPU cooler for your CPU. If not, you can save a bit of that cash for college (you'll be eating more food than you would think).

    Personally, I would go with the Radeon HD7870 over the 660Ti.

    You could get away with a 520W on this build, but having more watts is by no means a bid deal.

    PC games look much better than console.

    If you get a good air cooler, there is no need for a watercooling setup. the only reason why I have one is because I got it for free.

    Also how's this for a psu?
  4. Euh, I would really invest in something from Antec, Seasonic, or Corsair.
  5. Quote:
    javascript:%20void(0);
    I also have a few questions. My first is should I look into water cooling my PC even if it is this early on?


    If it's your first build don't bother with water cooling, stick to air.

    Quote:
    Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 (I'm thinking 7)? If I were to buy Windows 7, if it safe to buy on eBay with a trusted seller?


    I'd tread *EXTREMELY* carefully buying software on eBay. There's a lot of shady sellers out there and you don't want to get the wrong copy.

    Quote:
    What are some keyboards and monitors you can recommend?


    That monitor you chose is junk. This would be better in the $150 range: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001651

    Quote:
    Is there anyways I can lower the price without sacrificing a lot of performance? Did I miss anything? Once again, all help is appreciated!!


    The 7950 is the best GPU out of the ones you chose. Maybe check out the NZXT Phantom 410 for a case. Otherwise there's nothing really I would change.
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    javascript:%20void(0);
    I also have a few questions. My first is should I look into water cooling my PC even if it is this early on?


    If it's your first build don't bother with water cooling, stick to air.

    Quote:
    Windows 8 vs. Windows 7 (I'm thinking 7)? If I were to buy Windows 7, if it safe to buy on eBay with a trusted seller?


    I'd tread *EXTREMELY* carefully buying software on eBay. There's a lot of shady sellers out there and you don't want to get the wrong copy.

    Quote:
    What are some keyboards and monitors you can recommend?


    That monitor you chose is junk. This would be better in the $150 range: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001651

    Quote:
    Is there anyways I can lower the price without sacrificing a lot of performance? Did I miss anything? Once again, all help is appreciated!!


    The 7950 is the best GPU out of the ones you chose. Maybe check out the NZXT Phantom 410 for a case. Otherwise there's nothing really I would change.

    Is the 7950 I posted about or this better?
  7. The Gigabyte has a nice cooler.
  8. rednal16 said:
    Is the 7950 I posted about or this better?


    Yes that is a good choice.
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