What's wrong with this build

So I have been lurking here for awhile, trying to learn how to build a rig for myself. I want to do some gaming on it, and also have the ability to do some 3d modeling.

I put together a parts list with what I learned, and now I was hoping someeone would tell me why it is bad, so I can learn.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($198.63 @ Mwave)

Case: Raidmax Atlas ATX-295WB ATX Mid Tower Case ($30.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($67.34 @ TigerDirect)

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)

I wanted to choose my own parts so I could learn what I was doing, not just copy someone else's work. Also, my budget is in the area of $800, but I am flexible, so if you have any suggestions on changes please let me know.
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  1. Hey -

    So I would do this first:

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2 - this site does a great job allowing you to compare to different CPUs together across several benchmarks. You can look at the core i5 vs core i7. From what I've been reading, you may be better off getting an i7. But like I said, compare the specs first and see what works for you!


    Microcenter has the core i5 you are looking at for $189 and $50 off a motherboard. I shop there all the time (there is one down the street) and they are good with shipping also.

    This is actually the unlocked version (for overclocking) cheaper than what you have posted ...


    hope this helps!
  2. I would also recommend this video card (more bang for the buck):


    You will also see a significant performance boost using a SSD instead of a traditional HDD
  3. I'll second the 660 gpu, I was typing that very point when mattd beat me to it. For $20 you'll see a significant improvement in performance over the 560 (as well as lower power usage, I believe).

    And, after reading his post I'll second the SSD, it made a bigger difference than I expected when I got one.
  4. MicroCenter does have some great deals on the i5-3570K but those are for in store pick-up only. If they aren't too far from you it might be worth it. I think 8GB is good there isn't that much of a increase in performance compared to the increased cost. The 560 is old get the 660 with the money you save from the RAM its a smart buy. I didn't see a O/S on your list but I'd use Windows 7 Home 64bit, unless your logging into a domain you don't need Pro.
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