You help if you please.

So I' am finally making the leap from console gaming to pc gaming, mainly do to graphics and mods. My budget is around $1500.00 +/- $100.00. I' am buying from iBUYPOWER and here is what I have come up with so far:

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Gaming Case-Red

iBUYPOWER Labs: Internal Expansion [6-Port] NZXT Internal USB expansion System + Bluetooth & Wireless N Modules(for the internal wifi)

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3570 Processor (4x 3.40GHz/6MB L3 Cache)

Processor Cooling: Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink

Memory: 8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-G.Skill Ripjaws X
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 - 2GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 1046MHz-Single Card

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 -- 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0

Intel Smart Response Technology SSD Cache: 60 GB Intel 330 SSD

Power Supply: 650 Watt -- NZXT HALE82N-SI / 80+ Bronze

Primary Hard Drive: 1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive

Optical Drive: 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive-Black

Flash Media Reader / Writer: 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer-Black

Meter Display: NZXT Sentry 2 Touch Screen Fan Controller & Temperature Display

Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DSX

Network Card: Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 64-Bit

Keyboard iBUYPOWER Standard Gaming Keyboard

Mouse iBUYPOWER Precision Gaming Mouse-Midnight Black

Subtotal $1,276.00

I am not sure on the cooling, if i need a liquid one or not and the processor, i have the money to get an i7, but if it is not going to make a difference when it come to gaming id rather stick with the i5.

With the SSD thing, is that only for booting up or can i also put games i plan to play on it also?

Any help would be greatly appriciated, thanks!
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  1. Why not build your own? It's cheaper than IBUYPOWER, you get far better hardware, and you're not stuck with a bunch of crap that you don't need. The fan controller and sound card are a waste of money.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($368.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($80.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($85.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1363.75
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 18:00 EST-0500)
  2. as much as i would love to build my on pc, im just to afraid of something up or putting it toegether wrong. When ever i try something like that i always configure it wrong or break something or leave something out... ALWAYS. The fan controler thing is free and the sound card was an optional upgrade that i wasnt sure i needed.
  3. notsosavypcguy said:
    as much as i would love to build my on pc, im just to afraid of something up or putting it toegether wrong. When ever i try something like that i always configure it wrong or break something or leave something out... ALWAYS. The fan controler thing is free and the sound card was an optional upgrade that i wasnt sure i needed.


    It's not really that hard to build it yourself. Once you get the case wires hooked into the motherboard and then get the motherboard screwed down, everything else hooks into place. I had doubts the first time but I built a killer system that lasted at least three years before I needed a major upgrade.
  4. Its like putting together legos.
  5. If u decide to stick with ibuypower, that SSD is set up as SRT - meaning you don't have to manage it. You just operate like you would with just a standard HDD and the chipset caches your most used files over time to speed things up.

    I'd also bump up to a 670 gtx or 7950/7970 since you have some budget to play with.

    Only other twist would be a 3570k with a better cooler for overclocking.
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