Part Choices for homebuilt gaming pc

So, this coming fall I'm planning to reach a critical point in my life: building my first pc! :D
I've been scouring guides and using pcpartpicker quite heavily, trying to find the best combinations for what I'd like.
This isn't going to be a top-of-the-line gaming pc, but I'd like it to be able to play graphics intensive games (WoW, Skyrim, etc.) on the highest settings while not even coughing at video editing and multiple applications.

My price point is somewhere between $900-$1300 so here's what I have so far (which is a bit too expensive).

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core $213.79
Corsair H60 74.4 CFM Liquid $59.99
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155 $139.99
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $94.98
Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" SSD $107.95
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM $132.57
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB $390.04
NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower $119.99
OCZ 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V $179.98
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.98

Total: ~$1450

I'm rather fond of the case and I want that particular CPU for it's easy overclocking abilities, but otherwise I'm open to changes. I want to be able to (if I choose to in the future) expand my hard drive storage and maybe even add in an extra graphics card (hence the larger watt power supply and full size case.
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  1. For that amount of money spent on a new machine, I would recommend getting newer technology.

    Get an i5-3570K with a Z77 motherboard, like this ASUS P8Z77-V.

    Ivy Bridge gets higher IPS than Sandy Bridge, plus use less power. With the H60 cooling it, heat should not be an issue for overclocking.

    Motherboard costs the same as the Z68 one, lets you use PCIe-3.0 for the video card(which will be good for upgrading to a newer gen card down the road), and built in USB 3.0.

    Everything else looks good. :)

    I just placed the order for my first PC build this week. Waiting for everything to be shipped now.
  2. thanks for the suggestion, thats not a bad idea. Any suggestions for just general reduction of the overall price? I'm running a gtx 560m in my laptop right now which I'm accustomed to so anything past that is an upgrade definitely.
    I'm looking towards the future for Elder Scrolls Online and the like.
  3. rustikles said:
    Any suggestions for just general reduction of the overall price?

    Yes, this
  4. Crossfire Ready.

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    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 ($32.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($442.13 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1417.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 20:57 EST-0500)
  5. Thats not a bad setup, just a little price heavy. Did some tweaking:

    Basically just upgraded the CPU, dropped the low-end water cooler, and Z77 motherboard.

    How about that?
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