Hey guys im looking for a new gaming rig and im looking to stay around the $1200 range. Here is what i have chosen. Im open to suggestions, maybe i need to change something or maybe what i have is a nice setup.
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: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Recon3D PCIe 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($100.14 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V243HAJbd 24.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ Amazon)
8GB of RAM is all you really need. That'd save you about $40. If you're into overclocking, the Samsung 30nm RAM is a great overclocker. Some people have been able to get those up to 2400MHz with decent timings. Others could keep the voltage at 1.35 and bring it up to 1866 @ 9-9-9-28 or better. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Get a 7950 instead of that 660. It's priced at about $300 and has performance about equivalent to the 670. It overclocks pretty well, too. I've managed to get mine up to 1200MHz.
SSDs are basically a must for me. If you haven't experienced a machine running with one, you're missing out. Use it as the boot drive and the 1TB one as storage for music, videos, games that you don't need extremely fast loading times for, etc. With your budget, go with a 120GB one or a 128GB one. Get a Kingston HyperX 3K, Plextor M5P, or Samsung 840 Pro (the non-pro edition isn't as good).
Thanks for the replies, i have another question. Ive never done much Overclocking but i was thinking i would get the components for the future if i needed to OC for some games. I shouldnt have to OC with games like BF3 or BO2 should I.
IMO, you only ever need to OC when the CPU shows its age and/or starts slowing down, or starts being a bottleneck to other components. The latter shouldn't happen even in 5 years, the former is inevitable in about 3 years.