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Last minute critiques on build before buy, advice wanted

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April 13, 2013 5:20:53 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.82 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: LG IPS231P-BN 23.0" Monitor ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($12.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1185.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-13 20:09 EDT-0400)

Hey guys, this is what I have come up with after a little bit on research on each part, would like to know if anyone sees any flaws or room for improvement while still in the 1100-1200 range.

This PC will be used for gaming, mainly a heavily modded skyrim as well as Shogun 2 for a while then maybe BF3 and other fps's, all at max settings. I went with a only a 120gb SSD for now because just skyrim and Tw:s2 should last me a while, giving me time in the future to buy a 1tb hdd or maybe another ssd. Wont be overclocking initially, but want to the opportunity to be there once i learn more about it.

The monitor was recommended as a cheap ips, but i want to know if the 6ms response is considered slow for gaming?

Would also like advice on the case, is this good or is a cheap case a not a good idea?
April 13, 2013 5:40:14 PM

About the monitor - while most enthusiasts will rave about their 2ms response monitors, I'm fairly sure the difference of 4ms is imperceptible - either that or you're really good!
As far as the case, that's a personal choice that I think has as much to do with asthetics as functionality - if you like the looks of the Tempest and it has the features you want, then it's a good budget case
April 14, 2013 12:47:02 AM

Try and upgrade the hard disk to a OCZ Vector 256GB, I couldn't reccomend it more
April 14, 2013 6:16:31 AM

get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QBOy

-cheaper board but is about as good
-cheaper ram that does the same job
-the hyper 212 plus is the older model. isnt as cool but the 10 dollar difference is pretty huge to pay for 2-3c
-cheaper and faster SSD. no reason to get the vector
-spend more on the case. you will see why its worth it when you start building
-dont get a chessy keyboard. once you go mechanical, you never go back. i can guarantee that you will type faster with one
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