$1000 gaming build in 1 Hour

Plan to order in 1 hour or so.
Price range around $1000.
I'd appreciate any and all inputs!

Current concerns:
1) Should I increase RAM (8->16GB) OR increase SSD (128 -> 256GB)?
2) If YES RAM: Any recommendations?
3) If YES SSD: Any recommendations?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($237.55 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $923.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 17:35 EST-0500)
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  1. Or None of the above and upgrade GPU with that money [~$70] instead (660 -> 660Ti)??
  2. 1) no, no

    I'd say go for 670, but if you don't have the money then definetely 660 Ti

    Also drop ripjawas ram cos it will trouble the cooler. Get low profile like ares or sniper (g.skill both)
  3. butremor said:
    1) no, no

    I'd say go for 670, but if you don't have the money then definetely 660 Ti

    Also drop ripjawas ram cos it will trouble the cooler. Get low profile like ares or sniper (g.skill both)


    Thanks!
    Can you recommend a 670?
  4. you do not need more that 8gb of ram unless you video edit or 3d render

    you do not need more that 128gb, unless you use a *** ton of programs that you regularly access

    if you like to game, upgrade that video card to a 660ti or 670.

    hoped this helped
  5. hiporc said:
    you do not need more that 8gb of ram unless you video edit or 3d render

    you do not need more that 128gb, unless you use a *** ton of programs that you regularly access

    if you like to game, upgrade that video card to a 660ti or 670.

    hoped this helped


    Thank haha
    I just had to double check cuz my friend mentioned those things.
    And I would love to get a 670 but afraid that might be quite a stretch. Is it much of a upgrade from 660ti?

    How is this GPU? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809
  6. Here's article on 670's and link to two of them recommended the most

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,review-32475-16.html
  7. tristbane said:
    Thank haha
    I just had to double check cuz my friend mentioned those things.
    And I would love to get a 670 but afraid that might be quite a stretch. Is it much of a upgrade from 660ti?

    How is this GPU? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/647?vs=598


    Guess what there is also an article on 660 Ti's
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-gtx-660-ti-memory-bandwidth-anti-aliasing,review-32522-17.html
  8. You can save another $30 with the i5 2500K to put toward your video card.
  9. Swap that SSD out for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233395 Definately! No debates. Better reliability, life expentency, and r/w speeds, and the IOPS crush that shitty Samsung. The only competition to Corsair was Mushkin or OCZ that is why samsung came out with the 840 series.

    Swap the PSU for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027 Save 40$ and even more with rebate.

    Swap the HDD for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339 It's 5$ more and has 64MB Cache.

    Swap the Mobo for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130653 It's lots cheaper, has better bios, and does what you need it to do. And the upgraded model is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130646

    For the video card I would upgrade. The motherboard if $50 cheaper, the power supply is $30 cheaper, the SSD is $15 more, the HDD is $5 more, 80-20=60 saved to throw toward a 660/ti/70. Not to mention its better components.

    *Edit, now has correct mobo!
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