How is this build for a gaming computer

Hello im new here so if I posted this in the wrong section im sorry ><.

I am also new with computers so go easy on me XD.

I want to be able to play all games now and in the near future on the highest settings on my 45 inch plasma tv.

My budget is around $1,600 the only reason I went slightly higher is because I am going to buy half the parts this month and the other half next month.

I should mention I have no desire to do any video editing or recording I just want to be able to play any game on the highest settings.

Cpu:Intel core i5-3570k 3.4GHz Quad core
Cpu Cooler:Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77 ATX LGA1155
Memory:G.Skill Ripjaws X series 16GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1866
Storage:Western Digital RE4 2 TB 3.5" 7200 RPM
Video Card:Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz 6 GB
Case:Antec DF-86 ATX Full Tower
Power Supply:PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK II 950W 80 Plus silver certified ATX12V/EPS12V
Optical drive:Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/Cd-Drive

I know its late but happy new year and I hope that my experience here will be enlightening.
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  1. One thing that stands out to me is the heatsink, I believe you could find one that performs better for the money, although your choice of Noctua is excellent. Take a look here:


    It also seems that you're not on a tight budget, so I would seriously consider adding a SSD at least for your operating system and a few core programs. Every review I've read says it's the biggest performance upgrade you can make.
  2. Add an SSD, it will make a huge difference if your run your OS off it. If you need to i would spend a little less on either the ram or the powersupply to make up the cost.
  3. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  4. MOBO is overpriced...GB of vram is totally overkill, go for 3gb 7970 ghz
  5. Psu is overkill too, get a 650 watt max
  6. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($322.28 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.98 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 900W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1694.17
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-09 20:33 EST-0500)
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