Still Working on a Gaming Build - Around 1100 Budget

If any of you have seen my other post, this is a continuation of it. What do you guys think of this build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-870 2.93Ghz Quad-Core Processor ($243.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Rosewill RCX-Z90-CP 62.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI P55-CD53 ATX LGA1156 Motherboard ($120.01 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($427.28 @ TigerDirect)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.93 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1131.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 15:32 EST-0500)
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  1. Swap the i7-870 with an i5-3570k and the 1156 board with an AsRock Z77 Extreme4.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    That will give you better performance and will make the rig a bit more modern.

    Drop that CPU cooler, I imagine a $10 cooler wouldnt perform better than stock enough to be worth buying.
  2. Can I ask why you picked the i7-870?
  3. Optical drive?
  4. I have one I can use from a previous computer. I picked the i7 over the i5 because it's an i7. I imagined it was better, but I'll switch back to the 3570k.
  5. Also, I do want a good Motherboard with a UEFI bios.
  6. You can do a lot better lol :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks


    CPU:  Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($229.99 @ Newegg) 
    CPU Cooler:  Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($24.99 @ Newegg) 
    Motherboard:  ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX  LGA1155 Motherboard  ($89.99 @ Amazon) 
    Memory:  Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($34.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage:  Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk  ($99.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage:  Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($69.99 @ NCIX US) 
    Video Card:  Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card  ($369.99 @ NCIX US) 
    Case:  Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case  ($74.98 @ Amazon) 
    Power Supply:  XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply  ($54.98 @ NCIX US) 
    Operating System:  Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($89.98 @ Outlet PC) 
    Total: $1126.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    I'd ditch the 680 gtx for a ssd, the 670 gtx is only 5% less than a 680 gtx overall, the 670 gtx is the best value.
    The z77 pro 3 has uefi bios, everything you need, also a better cooler for the cpu, a hyper 212 evo.
  7. Most enthusiasts boards have a EUFI BIOS, I can even use the mouse in the Extreme4 BIOS.
  8. suggested changes.
    - higher quality PSU
    - dropping down to 670 to fit an SSD in (the performance difference between the 670 and the 680 is small)
    - chalk's changes.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ 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 ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($105.59 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)

    Total: $1168.06 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  9. Hmm... Just to put it out there, I won't, be using mail in rebates, and I don't have access to Microcenter.
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