The build? Good bad or ugly?

Hey Guys,
I have been looking at builds with a psychotic obsession. More than ever now that Christmas break is here and money (hopefully) will be flowing more I am closer to affording the build I want. Roughly 1500 dollars. I chose the parts below with a yellow and black color scheme. If there is a bigger case I should get (want to get two 680's or so in future) I mostly game/school work/watching videos/some small photo work. Maybe perhaps downgrade to a 670 and sli those in the future? Tell me what you guys think. Also I wanted a yellow and black color scheme.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sZ6v
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sZ6v/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sZ6v/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital VelociRaptor 500GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.98 @ Outlet PC)

Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.55 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 800W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.95 @ Amazon)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

Other: MSI Z77 MPOWER Optimized (Yellow LED) DDR3 1600 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB) Dual Channel 240-pin (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Module Model AVD3U16000904G-2CM ($49.99)
Total: $1360.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 20:10 EST-0500)
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  1. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sZrw
    -Cheaper, you can tack some greens on the GPU side. (However do not buy the 680 as it outperforms the 670 by an extremley small margin
    -Added a nice SSD and HDD
  2. Good looking build. I would get 8 GB of RAM because its so cheap.
  3. No point in the VelociRaptor. Get yourself a 1TB drive and an OS SSD if you really are concerned about boot times.
  4. PoplicoMan said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sZrw
    -Cheaper, you can tack some greens on the GPU side. (However do not buy the 680 as it outperforms the 670 by an extremley small margin
    -Added a nice SSD and HDD



    Thanks for your input. I was not sure on whether to get the 670 or 680. I have only been reading up on Nvidia graphics cards. Not sure about the Radeon Graphics card, I only know that crossfire is worse than sli in some cases. That is why I went with Nvidia. Also was looking for a case with a window. Really wanted to go with the black and yellow scheme. IF not that scheme a New England Patriots theme (at least red and blue). I will take up your suggestion with the SSD and the HardDrive and poke around. Thank you very much for your input. Definitely great help. This will be my first build.
  5. avenseth12 said:
    Good looking build. I would get 8 GB of RAM because its so cheap.


    Isn't the Msi gb kit at the bottom ram? Should I be concerned with any of the parts? I think I will drop down to a 670 still go with the PKNY brand
  6. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t0wv


    Ok made some modification. PErhaps different GPU?
  7. If your max budget is $1500 I highly recommend this build for $1518. The suggestions above are great if you don't feel like spending your whole $1500 budget, but if you do, here you go. :) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t0Qx
    And a cheaper version, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t0PG for $1369

    The first one I linked is my actual build, if you want cheaper I recommend the second link. GL

    EDIT: The PSU is alot cheaper on my build because I am from Canada, so I would take another PSU from someones else suggestion. If you don't plan on overclocking, you can drop the cooler and either use stock cooler, or just downgrade to a hyper 212 Evo which isn't a bad cooler at all.
  8. techdude9 said:
    If your max budget is $1500 I highly recommend this build for $1518. The suggestions above are great if you don't feel like spending your whole $1500 budget, but if you do, here you go. :) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t0Qx
    And a cheaper version, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t0PG for $1369

    The first one I linked is my actual build, if you want cheaper I recommend the second link. GL

    EDIT: The PSU is alot cheaper on my build because I am from Canada, so I would take another PSU from someones else suggestion. If you don't plan on overclocking, you can drop the cooler and either use stock cooler, or just downgrade to a hyper 212 Evo which isn't a bad cooler at all.



    I like it however I think i would switch the case for a window case then drop down to 1 Tb because I have no need for 2 tb.
  9. This build is what you need.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/taom
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/taom/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/taom/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1363.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 22:13 EST-0500)
  10. kladice said:
    I like it however I think i would switch the case for a window case then drop down to 1 Tb because I have no need for 2 tb.

    Yep. That's exactly what you should do.
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