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Mid-Tier Gaming Build, 2013

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February 22, 2013 9:23:29 PM

I am putting my first gaming rig together on NewEgg. After a week of heavy research I am posting a proposed build that would hopefully top out at >1600$. Before I take the plunge and buy the parts there are a few ponderings that, as a newbie, I feel no amount of passive forum/review lurking could comfortably satiate. I'd also like to say that tom's hardware has become my go-to reference for all things computers. I am glad to have found such an informed and flame free community. :D 


That being said, here are said concerns:
-Compatibility
-Component Quality
-Cost Effectiveness
-Future Proof...ness(Not a huge concern, I'd still like to be pretty well off come 2014)
-MUST have accessories(fans, peripherals, etc.) for gaming/minor overclocking
-Any Core components I may be missing
-GTX680/Asrock Extreme6 Mobo -or- GTX670/Asus Sabertooth Z77 (Being presented as relatively equally priced options for motherboard/discrete graphics card combinations)

I greatly appreciate all input and if additional information is required to provide it, feel free to ask.

The rig:
Spoiler

-NZXT Phantom 410 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Western Digital WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Acer Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Accumulated cost thus far: 1,414$
February 22, 2013 9:31:18 PM

looks good but i would get a 670 + 128gb ssd
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February 22, 2013 9:56:21 PM

drunkducki said:
looks good but i would get a 670 + 128gb ssd


In terms of being cost effective, I am very seriously considering the 670>680.
When it comes to a Hard Disk Drive/Solid State Drive combo I am virtually clueless to it's benefits and how it works.
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