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First home build, advice needed

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February 17, 2013 6:41:29 PM

Hello everyone,
Been lurking here for a good while, decided to join up to get some opinions and confirmation before buying.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E7Ih
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E7Ih/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E7Ih/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
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: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $938.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-17 15:22 EST-0500)

this is specifically for gaming (GW2, BF3, Far Cry 3, Minecraft, Civ 5) at 1080p single monitor for now, some web browsing that's about it. Never really done any OC'ing but i am interested to try with this build eventually.

Is going with an ssd really worth it for gaming?
im looking for this thing to last me about 3-4 years.
Im coming from a q6600/p5ne-sli/ gtx 260 if that tells you how long i keep machines around..

thanx for anything you folks can provide.
February 17, 2013 7:12:41 PM

Thats all good

An SSD wont improve fps at all . It will speed boot times , and it might improve game loading times .

Definitely worth it for day to day use where the pc feels much snappier
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February 17, 2013 7:16:06 PM

SSDs are the best thing that you can throw into your system. makes things feel like your money is well spent.

the 7870xt is slower than the 7950, but it can be easily be overclocked to make up for the difference
February 17, 2013 8:32:24 PM

I'd personally go for the Corsair 200R but the Source 210 is a pretty decent case in the ~$50 range.
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