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February 26, 2013 2:45:43 AM

Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
ASUS VG248QE Black 24" 144Hz 1ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD 3D Monitor
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Seagate Momentus XT STBD750100 750GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive
ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B

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February 26, 2013 3:43:12 AM

Your build is reasonable.

My comments:

1. For gaming, save $100 and buy the 3570K instead. Few games use more than 2-3 cores so the extra hyperthreads are largely irrelevant.

2. With your budget, I would build using a SSD for the os and a conventional hard drive for overflow.
120gb is enough for the os and a handful of games. With 180gb or 240gb, you may not need a hard drive at all.
My preferred brands are Intel and Samsung.

3. No game uses more than 2-3gb, so 8gb is sufficient. But, ram is cheap, and 16gb is OK. It is better to get 16gb in the form of a 2 x 8gb kit which is easier for a motherboard to manage. Good pick on low profile ram.

4. I think the sabretooth motherboards are overpriced. Virtually any Z77 based motherboard will do the job as well at half the price.

5. Buy a $30 tower type cpu cooler up front like the cm hyper121 or Xigmatek. It will run quieter and cooler. It is much easier for the first time builder to install than the intel pushpin cooler.

6. Corsair makes good psu's. A gtx660ti is very efficient and needs only 430w. Even a GTX690 needs only 620w.
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