Nov 23, 2012
I am looking to spend between 1200-1300 hundred on a gaming rig (with a monitor) this would be my first time buying a computer with its purpose dedicated to gaming and just wanted to makes sure my set up was ok and if there are any recommendations.

*BASE_PRICE: [+879]
Case: Thermaltake Commander Mid-Tow er Gaming Case [-22] (White Color [+10])
Laser Engraving: None
Laser Engraving Message:
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: None
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
Noise Reduction Technology: None
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K 3.40 GHz 6MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155 (All Venom OC Certified) [-110]
Freebies: None
Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel: * Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel
Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+49]
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme
Silent at 20dBA) (Dual Standard 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+9])
Coolant for Cyberpower Xtreme Hydro Water Cooling Kits: Standard Coolant
Motherboard: [CrossFireX] ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w / IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD
Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI (Extreme OC Certified)
Intel Smart Response Technology for Z77: None
Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance [Free upgrade from 1600MHz Major
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+142] (Major Brand Pow ered by AMD)
Freebies: FREEAMD Tahiti Bundle Game Coupon
Video Card 2: None
Freebies: None
Video Card 3: None
Power Supply Upgrade: 600 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Pow er Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (FREE Upgrade To 2TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache
7200RPM HDD)
Data Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
USB Flash Drive: None
Optical Drive: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
3D Vision Glasses: None
LCD Monitor: * 24" Widescreen 1920x1080 ASUS VS247H-PLCD [+157]
2nd Monitor: None
3rd Monitor: None
Speakers: None
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Netw ork
Keyboard: AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse w ith Weight Adjustable Cartridge
Mouse Pad: None
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: None
Its all good, you'v done you research.
Only thing is to make sure the PSU unit is a good one. If you have the option of swapping to a Corsair or Seasonic unit of similar wattage, do it.

Its basically like a normal Hard Drive except based on different technology (flash storage). In a nutshell it is much faster (think 3x as fast as a HDD) but is fairly expensive for the capacity you get.
So most people get a 128GB SSD to put the OS and any programs on, then any media, files and such on the HDD. By doing this you get dramatically better boot times and general system responsiveness of the SSD, while ont compromising the storage capacity of the HDD.
Comparison between an SSD and HDD. This is somewhat old as well, the performance difference is even bigger now and the prices much lower.


Nov 23, 2012
One last question concerning the SSD. i see two option regarding it

the first is is "Intel Smart Response Technology for Z77" which utilizes "30 GB Corsair Nova 2 SATA II 3.0Gb/s SSD - 270MB/s Read & 220MB/s Write (Single Drive)".

The other option being "64GB SanDisk SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 490 MB/s Read & 240 MB/s Write"

they are the almost the same price but the second is twice the capacity, is the technology the first is mentioning worth the loss in storage?