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January 17, 2013 1:00:38 PM

This is my final list of my build before I decide to buy. I up'd my budget to $1400 for everything that includes OS, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I have taken a lot of advice and did a lot of research and I think I am finally done. I'd just like you guys to take a look at it and tell me what parts I can go cheaper on, and what parts I can spend more money on to stay within my $1400 budget but get the most out of the PC (for gaming).My main concern was the GPU. I believe I could skimp on other parts to get a better GPU. If you do suggest a different GPU, please keep it Nvidia. I don't want any suggestions on the keyboard, mouse, or OS. Thanks a lot. The help is very much appreciated.

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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: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.51 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S24B350HL 23.6" Monitor ($213.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard ($40.24 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($49.08 @ Amazon)
Total: $1367.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 09:44 EST-0500)

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January 17, 2013 1:06:17 PM
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great build :o 

personally i would swap mobo to asrock extrme4 because of OC potential
and get bigger SSD as higher capacity SSD == more write/read performance
128GB samsung 830 will do
January 17, 2013 1:10:27 PM

Thank you. I was concerned about the mobo as well. I'll switch for the Asrock and a better SSD. So the GTX 660 2gb FTW Signature 2 will be plenty of GPU for the build? It looks like I'll be breaking my $1400 budget. :) 
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January 17, 2013 1:14:03 PM

I agree with AMD Radeon, you should get the ASRock and a larger SSD, I had a vertex 2 64GB and had to upgrade after a year, I could barely fit a few games on it. Got a HiperX 3k 120 GB and I have enough space now.
January 17, 2013 1:17:57 PM

it is just my personal opinion

i always avoid 192 bit card like gtx 660 Ti, the most appealing nvidia card is 670 and you can get as cheap as 299 from PNY brand

btw it is better not to stick with samsung lcd as it is always expensive
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp
2ms led 23 from asus, read its review on newegg and decide yourself :) 
January 17, 2013 1:29:21 PM

Here's the updated list. How does this look?

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 ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($112.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard ($40.24 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($49.08 @ Amazon)
Total: $1380.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 10:28 EST-0500)
January 17, 2013 1:31:43 PM

that's really close to your budget

do you have any problem with seagate HDD? check yourslef, its 1,5TB is at the same price with 1tb wdc
January 17, 2013 1:46:43 PM

I havn't heard anything bad about them. I'll check it out. Is there a difference in the two, other than the extra space on the Seagate?
January 17, 2013 1:48:19 PM

exactly extra space for free :)  i have 2TB version and it is just perfect
January 17, 2013 2:01:41 PM

Thank you for your time and help, AMD. You have been a big help. I think I can finally spend some money. I'm excited for this build. Will the PNY 670 be fine for when I decide to OC later?
January 17, 2013 2:12:02 PM

^ actually, based on newegg feedback, it cant be OCed. still better than any OCed 660 ti
January 18, 2013 2:54:34 AM

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