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First build, $1000 Haswell gaming rig. Where would an extra $100 help most?

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July 16, 2013 8:34:43 PM

Hey guys, this is my first build. I will be using it for gaming and some video editing, as my main pc. I do not plan to do any kind of OC, so I'm going with the stock cooler.

If I were to go up to $1100, where would you recommend I add value?

Is my power supply adequate? I may add a few extra fans and some old hard drives. I'm assuming I'll also want to upgrade my graphics card in a few years.

Also, I chose the HAF 912 case kind of randomly. The $50 price tag sounds great and it has good reviews, but it doesn't have front-panel USB 3.0 which my motherboard does support. Do you think I should go with another case?

Thanks so much for all of your help, so many of my questions have been answered by existing threads here!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($265.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $993.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-16 23:35 EDT-0400)

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July 21, 2013 6:36:52 PM

the pc gamer said:
i woulds suggest this processor it better and 210 and the best place to throw an xtra hundred processing or graphics
If you intend to take this suggestion, bear in mind the 3570k isn't compatible with your choice of motherboard. In other words, you'd have to swap it out too.