First time gaming build help $1500 max budget

Like the title says, this is the first time I'm building my own computer and first time posting here. I have been doing a lot of research to prepare for this and hope that I at least got some stuff right. Anyways if you can please comment and suggest any improvements that could be made to the build I would appreciate it. Thank you.

Approximate Purchase Date: Looking at early spring. I know its a long way out but plan on purchasing the components little by little when they are on sale or on really good deals, so I would like the opinion of the more competent (than me) members here so i can improve the build :D

Budget Range: Looking at between $1000-1500. If i can save money it would help a lot

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming (Want to play WoW, Skyrim(with mods for graphics and other awesomeness), and other more recent games with ultra to max settings. General use

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg is my preferred choice. But I can take a look at other sites.

Country:United States

Parts Preferences: want to use an intel cpu, asus mb is preferred but if you find something better I'm willing to have a look, and western digital hdd. I don't know much about the ssd's but I'm willing to learn if someone can point me to an article that explains them for people that aren't too advanced on computer terms and usage. :na:

Overclocking: Don't know how but I definitely would want to try and learn.

SLI or Crossfire: maybe.

Monitor Resolution:1920X1080

Additional Comments: And here is my build:
Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

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

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1

I really like the case for the build but I don't know much about what fans to get to make it a beast at keeping the system relatively cool. if you can give me some suggestions I would appreciate it. Thank you all for your time :D
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  1. For gaming 16GB is unnecessary. Also, do you plan to overclock? Just read the first post.

    If you want to overclock, you are going to need the 3570K, which has an unlocked multiplier as well as an aftermarket CPU cooler.
  2. Thanks Deemo13 for the input. updated the build per your suggestions. :D
  3. Drop the Kingston RAM - it runs @ 1.65v which will strain the CPU's memory controller, and Intel voids warranties for anything over 1.5v.
    Get this instead.

    Your motherboard supports SLI/Crossfire, so it's definitely an option but the 650w PSU you chose won't suffice for 2-way high-end GPUs.

    An SSD would definitely fit in your budget. Just get a 128gb unit and you'll be sure to see the benefits. It gives you faster boot-up on OS and any program you install in the drive, and little to no loading times in games.

    I suggest getting the 7970/GHz instead.
    Skyrim w/ mods can and WILL go over even 2.5gb of VRAM, so that 670 will bottleneck.

    The 7970 also outperforms the 670 at the same price point and is on par with the 680, while the GHz Edition outperforms the latter on a much cheaper price.

  4. --- 289 Dollar
    -------------- ---- 160 Dollar
    -------------- ---- 75 LE
    --------------- ---- 93 Dollar
    ------------- ------ 350 Dollar
    so if u want to sli Buy 2 of 670 , i think 800 watt can handle it.
    -------------- ---- 100 Dollar
    ------------- ---- 109 Dollar
    --------------- --- 110 Dollar
    ---------------- ---- 129 Dollar
    So ur System is:
    Processor : I7 2700K
    Motherboard : Z77 G1.Sniper M3 Support 3 Way of SLI/Crossfire
    VGA (Graphics Card) : Gigabyte GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 Windforce
    Ram: Corsair Vegance Black 1600MHZ DDR3 16GB
    HDD(HardDrive): WD(Western Digital) 2TB Red For Data
    SSD(Solidstatedrive): OCZ Vertex 128GB For Windows
    Case: CM(CoolerMaster) Haf 932 , it is awesome Case
    Cooler: Thermaltake Water2.0 Extreme
    PSU : Fatal1ty 750Watt
    Monitor: Asus VG 23" inch , Led 3d Monitor with Glasses
    it is an Awesome pc , u ll use it for long time , u can overlock the 2700k easily , and it have lower Tempً more than Ivy Bridge.
    But u ll get HIGH-End pc , u will never need to move to ivy bridge while u have GTX 670.
    and if u overlock the 670 it will have alot of 690 Performance. so u ll never need SLI.
    Your PC Will be:
    1328 Dollar.
    Note" : as we are in future , you Dont need DVD/RW , you can use ur USB Easily.
    but if u want CD-Rom ..
    28 Dollar
    and you will increase ur pc price to be:
    1350 Dollar
  5. ^I seriously doubt you can reach a 690's performance no matter how much you OC a 670.
  6. it is so hard to get 690's Performance but u can get a bit of it after oc
    but maybe he will get 680 Performance after oc :D
  7. Thank you excella and hoka for the input.
    updated build:
    intel core i7-2700k
    asus p8z77-v lk LGA 1155
    Gigabyte GTX 670 2GB
    G.Skill sniper 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3 1600
    ocz zx series 850w
    wd 1tb blue wd10ezex or wd 2tb red wd20efrx (trying to decide lol)
    corsair vengeance series c70 gunmetal black

    monitor and dvd/rw i decided i'll exclude for now.
  8. ^ There's no point getting an i7, more so an older generation. It will perform worse in games compared to the i5-3570K.

    Again, the 670's VRAM will be insufficient for a modded Skyrim, get the 7970. If you really want a nVIDIA card, get the 4gb version of the 670.

    WD Caviar Blue 1TB is the best HDD you can get for the money imo, look for the 64mb cache model.

    Hoka123 said:
    it is so hard to get 690's Performance but u can get a bit of it after oc
    but maybe he will get 680 Performance after oc :D

    No, a 690 is basically 2x 680s in SLI so you won't get its performance even a bit even after tons of OC. The 680, yes is possible since at stock, it's only a 5% difference with the 670.
  9. Ok so I keep the i5-3570k. The only reason I picked i7-2700k was that hoka had mentioned that it will have lower temp, which after reading up a bit more about overclocking would be good. Like I said before I'm new to this but thank you for the input and help.
    As far as the 670, I'm thinking of doing SLI. Will that make a difference? or would it just be better to get the 4gb and be done with it?
  10. VRAM doesn't stack when you SLI/Crossfire. You'll just have even more bottleneck'd GPUs since they'll still have 2gb of memory.

    You don't really need to OC in gaming at all. The only time you'll have to is when the CPU starts being a bottleneck to the system which will take around at least 3-4 years.

    Also, an i7-2700k OC'd @ let's say 4.7GHz is the same as an i5-3570K OC'd @ 4.4-4.5GHz.
  11. Thank you for the quick response excella :D I do prefer nvidia since I have had lots of problems with amd cards in the past. :( So upgrading to the 4gb gtx 670 is looking like the best for now. Other than that will the build run the games I mentioned pretty well. I'm running skyrim on a 6850 radeon atm and have 40-45 mods running. They aren't all graphic improvements that are huge just small ones and it's running fairly well. I originally had my doubts about running any mods but caved and used a few no problem so kept adding.
  12. 670 is a high-end card, it should perform greatly.
  13. Maybe my Build or Excella build they both are high-end pcs
    but i do like the 2TB More than 1tb for games. i've Ended my 500GB One..
    Maybe 2tb with SSD = Awesome
    and if u got ivy bridge i7 , it will be awesome pc.
    and i found 3770K Price is 314$ , it was 400$ .. lol
    so let's do some maths
    314-287 = 87
    87 + 1350 = 1430 Dollar
    so your pc price will be 1430 Dollar and it is the best Choice for you.
    or if u want to keep some money buy the i5
    and if u were working on Graphic programs , Buy the i7 2700k becuase of Cores.
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