First build! 1700$ gaming rig.. need some advice plz!

Alright i'm very new to all this, but i took quite some time looking at different parts and such, listening to hundreds of Linustechtips videos, and came up with this build that i think is pretty nice.

CPU - Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core - $319.99
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Combo or - $132.98
Memory - Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 - $67.99
Storage - Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" SSD - $66.48
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM - $140.41
Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB - $449.99
Case - Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower - $99.99
Power Supply - Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V - $79.99
Optical Drive - Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer - $17.99
Monitor - Acer GD235HZbid 23.6" - $219.99
Operating System - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) Combo or $99.99

total: 1690.79$

so is there a problem with this build ? suggestions are more than welcomed :)
and btw, could someone tell me if that SSD will be big enough to have the operating system and planetside2 (15gb) on it ?

thanks an lot :)
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  1. bump ! :)
  2. If I were you, I would get an i5 3570k and GTX 670 or 7970 depending on which is cheaper unless money isn't a factor, in which this case it is. With the money saved you could buy yourself a SSD with higher capacity.
    You have to remember that Windows 7 requires ~30gb after all updates and such. Plus you are going to have a bunch of programs that automatically install to your operating system drive by default. So yes, Planetside 2 will fit, but you probably won't be able to fit many other games onto it.
    The GTX 670 and GTX 680 have a minimal performance difference, and the 670 can go for $340 when it is on sale.
    Other than that, you got a pretty solid build :).
    I think this post deserves a best answer, no? :D
  3. thanks a lot! and yeah that's the best awnser i've had :) one last thing..

    i've went with a 670 and a 120gb ssd.. but i'm wondering:

    Wich 670 brand should i get ? the base clock of that 670 is 915 mHz, is that too low for a good 670 ?(totally over-asked question i guess)

    I want to have the most out of my system so i might overclock the CPU and GPU, even if I have absolutely NO experience overclocking. (I will start with the basic clocks until i know how to properly do it)

    Will it be possible for me to overclock the GPU and CPU without added coolers ? and if so, how high of a clock speed could i potentially get ?
  4. Best answer
    Good choice with the 670 and SSD :)
    I'm not too sure about brands but I've heard a lot of good things about the MSI 670 Power Edition, Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce, Asus GTX 670 DCUII, and the EVGA GTX 670 FTW edition. I personally owned a 670 Windforce edition and it was excellent. The three fan design really kept it cool and quiet under load.
    As for the base clock, I think that all of the cards I listed have a factory auto-boost feature for your GPU clock. My 670(windforce) boosted up to 1060 or so on it's own, I didn't have to do anything.
    The 915MH'z isn't the highest, but it isn't the lowest either. You should be able to play all your games at max nice and smooth :)
    If I were you I wouldn't overclock that CPU with the stock cooler, because it would be loud and not noticeable in game situations.
    Max base clock I got on my 670 was about 1200MH'z. Now this was without the vbios voltage unlock (google it).
    Good luck, doubt you will need to overclock your system though.
  5. Best answer selected by fabricen.
  6. PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($87.13 @ TigerDirect)
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($4.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($175.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.30 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-80-RL 33.2 CFM 80mm Fan ($4.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Raidmax 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.74 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Pioneer BDC-207DBK Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($37.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($185.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($9.80 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: V7 Wireless Full Size Blue Trace Mouse Wireless Laser Mouse ($16.87 @ Amazon)
    Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-5402 40W 5.1ch Speakers ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1725.66
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