First Time Gaming Build, Seeking Advice.

Greetings everyone,

As the title suggests this is my first build of a pc. I have done the best I can to research parts and builds before attempting to buy anything, or pester you fine people. Now, I was hoping for any advice to help optimize the build I have put together (on paper).

The primary goal of my build will be gaming, I generally don't do video editing or fraps. However, I am using this opportunity to learn as much as I possibly can about computing building. This is one reason why I have chosen parts that are OC compatible. The idea is to OC but not over do it (around 4.3ghz). Also, I picked components with the idea that, if I so desired, I might modify the build or add parts (maybe a second GPU as an example) later down the road.

That being said, I am also attempting to make the computer last for a fair amount of time (2 years+) without requiring any substantial upgrades while staying within my price range of 1500 (this includes internals, OS, and Monitor).

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or two.
Budget Range: Less than 1500 after Promotions, Taxes, and Rebates.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily gaming
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: Starting from scratch. (Not buying Sound Card)
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Microcenter, because I can do pick up from both and they have decent prices.
Location: Near the city of industry. I live an hour away from Newegg and a Microcenter in Tustin.
Parts Preferences: I've had good experience with Nvidia cards. I've also heard good things about Asus motherboards. However, that is not to say I am against other manufacturers. Not looking for a Sound Card, I'm fine with the integrated one.
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe * Edited
Your Monitor Resolution: I'm lost in terms of monitors.
Additional Comments: Gaming in general, from stuff like; Battlefield, Skyrim, to f2p games like Planetside 2.

With that said, here is my build:
*All prices listed next to parts do NOT include Taxes or rebates.

1.Processor:Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor (169.99 @ MicroCenter)
2.Motherboard: P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard (189.99 @ MicroCenter)
3.RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 (44.99 @ Newegg)
4.Graphics Card: MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (299 @ Newegg)
5.Hard Drive: Samsung 840 Series 250GB (164.99 @ Adorama)
6.Case: 690 II Advanced Mid Tower ATX Computer Case (84.99 @ MicroCenter)

Or Maybe: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case (89.99 @ Newegg)

7.Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (129.99 @ Newegg)
8.Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (29.99 @ Newegg)
9.DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner (19.99 @ Newegg)
10.OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM (119.99 @ Newegg)
11.Monitor: ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI (139.99 with promo @ Newegg)

This brings me to:
Before Tax: 1393.9
After Tax: 1505.41

In regards to the Monitor I'm not entirely sure if that is the best for the price range. I've only just started looking more in depth at Monitor specs.

I hope I was specific enough for anyone answering to get a pretty good idea about what I am after. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
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  1. 8.Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (29.99 @ Newegg)
    this one is a bit off
    i am sure you wanted 212 evo, not plus :)
  2. btw if you have plan for SLI in the future, get 670 :)
    some people arent satistifed with 660 SLi as it is limited by 192 bus
  3. Hi. When I see you're looking for a case at around that price point, I couldn't resist throwing these in for your consideration:

    Fractal Design Define R4
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4bl
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4tiw
  4. AMD Radeon said:
    8.Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (29.99 @ Newegg)
    this one is a bit off
    i am sure you wanted 212 evo, not plus :)


    Oops >_<...yeah that's my mistake. Thank you.

    AMD Radeon said:
    btw if you have plan for SLI in the future, get 670 :)
    some people arent satistifed with 660 SLi as it is limited by 192 bus


    Any recommendations for my budget?

    Anonymous said:
    Hi. When I see you're looking for a case at around that price point, I couldn't resist throwing these in for your consideration:

    Fractal Design Define R4
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4bl
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4tiw


    Nice, very sleek, elegant even. How is the air flow in those with the side vents? (Oh I see you can open the front)
  5. No other suggestions?
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