New Computer Build Idea - Looking for Constructive Criticism


Nov 28, 2012

Here is my rough part list of what I'm planning on building into a new gaming PC that I will also be using for photography. I'm not an expert by any means but I've built computers in the past and I would like to get some ideas on what people think of this build.

Also I'm wondering what type of monitor I should buy I'm trying to stay under 200 to 250$. I have these two that I think will work well but if anyone has any suggestions I'd appreciate it.


Part list:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($297.28 @ TigerDirect)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)

Case: Antec Lanboy air Yellow ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)

Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ NCIX US)

Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)

Total: $1645.18
Halve the RAM to 8GB, drop the 3770k to a 3570k and get a motherboard along the lines of an AsRock Z77 Extreme4. That will get you a rig that will game just as well and be much cheaper.

Swap out the Crucial M4 for a Samsung 830 (or OCZ Vertex 4 if your after write speeds).
Get the Gigabyte 670, much better cooling on it than the EVGA.