New Computer Build Idea - Looking for Constructive Criticism


Here is my rough part list of what I'm planning on building into a new gaming PC that I will also be using for photography. I'm not an expert by any means but I've built computers in the past and I would like to get some ideas on what people think of this build.

Also I'm wondering what type of monitor I should buy I'm trying to stay under 200 to 250$. I have these two that I think will work well but if anyone has any suggestions I'd appreciate it.


Part list:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($297.28 @ TigerDirect)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: Antec Lanboy air Yellow ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ NCIX US)

Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)

Total: $1645.18
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  1. You included both monitors in your Total.
  2. Halve the RAM to 8GB, drop the 3770k to a 3570k and get a motherboard along the lines of an AsRock Z77 Extreme4. That will get you a rig that will game just as well and be much cheaper.

    Swap out the Crucial M4 for a Samsung 830 (or OCZ Vertex 4 if your after write speeds).
    Get the Gigabyte 670, much better cooling on it than the EVGA.
  3. Awesome suggestions thank you very much but why switch out the current motherboard with the AsRock Z77?
  4. oops, didnt see the LK on the end. Thought you were getting the deluxe model.

    The Extreme4 wont be that much different then, though it does have two more SATAIII ports.
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