New build for less than $1000

Hi, I've been playing games on an old desktop PC for a while now, but the games are becoming too much for my PC to handle. I have some extra cash, and I would like to build a gaming PC for under $1000. I have been looking around at builds, and I am thinking about using the part list for the mid-range PC that was featured on build-gaming-computers.com. Is this a good starter build or should I look at some different components?


Here is the component list that was recommended on the site:

-Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK Intel Z77 ($125)

-CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K ($220)

-RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB (DDR3 1600Mhz) ($45)

-Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti (2GB) ($290)

-Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB (7200 RPM, 32MB Cache) ($75)

-Optical Drive: Lite-On Internal DVD Writer ($18)

-Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ($60)

-Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600 Watt ($65)


This build costs about $900. It is under my budget, so should I purchase an SSD for the operating system or should I spend the money elsewhere?

P.S.- Thanks in advance to whomever responds to this post.
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  1. That all looks good to me, here's a much better PSU for less cash though:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    With the extra cash, I'd dump the HDD and take one of these if 180GB is enough:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167122

    If 180GB isn't enough, maybe get a better graphics card or simply save the cash.
  2. Thanks for the response. I'll probably skip the HDD and go for an SSD and add an extra hard drive later.
  3. Solid build :)
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