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New gaming 2013 build rougly $1200 budget

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February 1, 2013 8:54:46 PM

Good afternoon,

Currently I'm still rocking a P4 @ 3ghz with 3gb of DDR2 ram and a Gefore 8600gt. I know that is funny because I still laugh about it too and it's time to retire that computer. As the title suggests I would like to be around the $1200 mark but I can go over towards $1300. I would say this is mainly a gaming comp but I may do some light programming too.

I want to build a new comp hopefully over the weekend depending what feedback I can get. I would like to purchase all my items through Microcenter instore at the Boston/Cambridge area because going to stores is what keeps those jobs alive. On the website you can look can select a store and it shows what the store has in stock it's neat.

My questions/concerns are;
1. Is the PSU going to be enough power?
2. Motherboard not being up to par with the rest of the build.
3. Would I need to buy thermal paste for the heatsink?
4. Would I be able to OC the CPU (nothing crazy) with that aftermarket heatsink?

I'm willing to change anything that is why I'm here asking for advice. I would get it all online (like Newegg, Amazon, ect...) despite not really wanting to but if I could make my system that much better. I don't need really need a moniter, mouse, keyboard right now but I will in the future.

This is my build so far;

MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Twin
SKU: 049437 $307.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM PC
SKU: 419341 $94.99

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) C
SKU: 211334

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M 650 Watt High Per
SKU: 545749 $119.99
after Rebate

Lite-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner - OEM
SKU: 446559 $17.99 $17.99

Corsair Vengeance Series C70 ATX Mid Tower Gaming
SKU: 195404 $99.99
after Rebate

CPU heatsink:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler
SKU: 303198 $29.99 $29.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherb
SKU: 380550 $79.99

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
SKU: 425470 $189.99 $189.99

SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 120GB SATA 6.0Gb/s
SKU: 197905 $89.99 $89.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.
SKU: 994442 $109.99

Subtotal $1,182.89
Tax $73.93
Grand Total $1,256.82

Thank you,
February 1, 2013 9:18:27 PM

1 Yes that Psu Will do fine, unless you are planning on adding another graphics card down the road.

2 The motherboard will do great.

3 Most coolers come with paste, yes. It's usually pretty decent. If you're planning on overclocking and 2-5c can make a difference, then you may want to buy "better" paste.

4 The Cpu/mobo combo you picked should be great for OC'ing
February 1, 2013 9:31:22 PM

1. Yes even if you want to SLI later on.

2. That motherboard is a fine choice.

3. No - most coolers - especially from Noctua and Cooler Master - come with really good thermal compound. No need to buy extra.

4. Definitely.

If you want suggestions I'd move a couple of things around and get a better video card.

Try this:

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 ($33.20 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($147.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1281.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 18:31 EST-0500)

I also included a better SSD as well.