New Build Please Make Sure It's Good

Hi everyone

I'm looking to make my first solo new build and was looking for some input on my choices (make sure I didn't F something up). Please note that I am purchasing from Newegg (though I am open to options). My needs for this computer are mostly casual gaming, and work. Work being structural steel design using a 3d modeling software (SDS2). I'm looking for this PC to last about 3 years give or take, and while upgrading isn't a must, it is a possibility (aside from the obvious HD addition). Due to the holiday I am trying to make this purchase before midnight tonight (sorry). Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ($219.99)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($104.99)

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL ($29.99)

Storage: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit (I will be purchasing a larger HDD in the near future) ($114.99)

Video Card: EVGA 02G-P3-1568-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ($244.99)

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($64.99)

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M2 RS720-SPM2D3-US 720W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($99)

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner ($19.99)

Display: ViewSonic VX2703MH-LED Black 27" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10,000,000:1 (1200:1) Built-in Speakers ($249.99)

About $900 pre-Monitor

I am actually looking to pare my price down a bit, so if there is any unnecessary excess that you have a good substitute for, I'm all ears. I built this while looking at the "Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC" entries and tried to come close while keeping a decent price. I would also like to keep to Intel, as my work software has issues with AMD.

Thanks again!
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  1. No need for SSD if your on budget, but it is nice to have. The screen could be cut down to this bad boy:

    Just 1 inch smaller and has anit-glare.

    The 8gb is perfecto, the 720w is overkill though, I think you could go with 600w or 500w with that build.
  2. If you want to lower the price a bit, you can definitely do that.

    First of all, get rid of the Cooler Master power supply. Its good, but if you are only going to run one card, just go for the XFX 550W.

    Second, the 560Ti is very expensive still, dated and not worth it. I would recommend the Radeon HD7850 for much higher performance at much less cost. If you want to jump to the 7870, it would still be less than the 560Ti you chose.

    Lastly, if you do not want to overclock, which it seems you might not have plans to, you can drop that for a regular i5-3470 and a H77 motherboard. Then you would not have to buy a CPU cooler for the overclocking build.

    That should drop the price a bit. If your work has problems with AMD GPU's....well I really wouldn't recommend any Nvidia cards right now for that kind of work, but I guess you would have to go for the 660.
  3. Well I really want SSD after reading about it, and would like a dual SSD and HDD computer, I just figured if I have to get 1 first it would be the SSD.

    The monitor I have picked out is 27" a size that I would like to keep for work's sake.

    I'll look into cheaper 600w, would 500w really be enough?

    Thanks a lot.


    I do not plan on overclocking. So I will bring my CPU down, along with the motherboard. I am hesitant to go for AMD, I haven't experienced any problems on my current computer with an AMD card, but when talking to the tech guys for the software one day they mentioned that they were having problems with some AMD cards. Would rather stay away if an Nvidia card can be purchased at a similar level.

    Edit 2*

    I was looking around to drop the GPU and found this

    GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    cheaper and the there something else about it that I'm missing? I apologize, my computer literacy has waned in the past few years.
  4. Its not that bad of a card, just not very good for your purposes. I've used more AMD cards than Nvidia ones, and the only problem I have had with an AMD card was self-caused.

    But not to say the 660 won't work or anything. They're both good cards.
  5. Well, I made the purchase, and went with HD7870...taking a risk but what's life without thrills? Thanks for all of your help, I appreciate it.
  6. No problem! The thing about the 660 that I don't really like is that they pretty much chopped up the memory bandwidth making for a quick card because of the core, but making for a slow card in some categories.
  7. I was planning on getting a 7870 until I realized I had the budget for the 7950, either way the 7870 runs BF3 on around 55-60 fps, which is nice.
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