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Tried to keep this as small as I could as well as including as much info as I could. If any of these are incompatible or the wrong size or anything please tell me why and what makes them incompatible, also please tell me if these are all together good for gaming and if I need ANYTHING else at all or not and tell me why and what makes them not good for gaming if so. Thanks in advance.

Motherboard: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
MSI LGA1155/Intel Z77/DDR3/CrossFireX/SATA3 and USB 3.0/A and GbE/ATX Motherboard Z77A-G41


CPU: LGA1155; Supports 3rd Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors

Chipset: Intel Z77

Memory: 4x 240pin DDR3-2667(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 DIMM Slots; Dual Channel; Max Capacity?of 32 GB

Slots: 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot (runs at x4), 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots, 2 x PCI slots

SATA: 2x SATA3 Ports, 4x SATA2 Ports; Supports AHCI/RAID 0, 1, 5, 10

Ports: 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear, 4via headers); 4x USB 3.0 Ports (2 rear,?2via header); 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port; 1x PS/2 Mouse Port; 1x RJ45 LAN

Port;1x HDMI; 1x VGA Port; Audio I/O Jacks

Power Connector: 1x 24-pin ATX Power Connector; 1x 8-pin ATX 12VPower Connector
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Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K


Model: Intel Core i5 Processor i5-3570K

Clock Speed: 3.4 GHz

DMI: 5 GT/s

Intel Smart Cache: 6 MB

Lithography: 22 nm
Graphics Card: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
EVGA GeForce GTX660 2048MB GDDR5 192-Bit, Dual DVI-D, HDMI, DP and 3-Way SLI Ready GPU Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2660-KR


Base Clock: 980 MHz

Boost Clock: 1033 MHz

Memory Clock: 6008 MHz

Cuda Cores: 960

PCI-Express 3.0

2048MB GDDR5 192-bit

Nvidia SMX Engine, Nvidia GPU Boost, NVidia Adaptive Vertical Sync, Nvidia Surround, Support for Concurrent Displays, Nvidia PhysX, Nvidia

3D Vision Ready, Nvidia SLI Ready, Nvidia CUDA Technology
RAM: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1339DS1S00


DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)

Cas Latency 9

Voltage 1.5V
Power Supply: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V Power Supply


ATX12V

115/ 230 V

Dual 80mm ball baring fan
Hard Drive: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003


1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive

SATA 6Gb/s interface optimizes burst performance

Seagate AcuTrac servo technology delivers dependable performance, even with hard drive track widths of only 75 nanometers

Seagate OptiCache technology boosts overall performance by as much as 45% over the previous generation.

Seagate Smart Align technology provides a simple, transparent migration to Advanced Format 4K sectors.

Best Fit Applications include: Desktop or all-in-one PCs, Home servers , PC-based game systems, Desktop RAID, Direct attached external
storage devices (DAS), Network attached storage devices (NAS)

SATA 6Gb/s interface optimizes burst performance, 2 years limited warranty - parts and labor
Case: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Cooler Master Elite 430 - Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior (RC-430-KWN1)


Interior black coating makes stylish inside looks

Front 120mm fan with brilliant Blue LED provides the best airflow to HDDs

Rear: 80/90/120 mm fan x 1 (optional)

Tool-Free mechanical design for quick assembly and maintenance

Side ventilation holes for better cooling performance

Large transparent side window included
    
CPUGraphicsRAMRAM
i5-3570k GeForce GTX 660 crucial  crucial 
RAMHard DriveOSKeyboard
crucial 451gb Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Razer Deathadder 
PowerMouse
roswell 600W Razer Naga Hex 
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i5-3570k GeForce GTX 660 crucial  crucial 
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crucial 451gb Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Razer Deathadder 
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roswell 600W Razer Naga Hex 
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post #2 of 5
i personally wouldnt go with a 660..the mem bandwith is horrible..i would go with at least the ti version..or a 7870...but it looks good..are you trying to play at max settings with 60fps? what games do you play
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post #3 of 5
I would suggest, without a doubt a better power supply. 750w+. PSU's should last you several builds if you buy correctly the first time.

Antec's range of High Current Gamers are great value.

I would suggest as a gaming rig you shave some spending off the processor (if you're a rigid Intel fan then perhaps a 3470(you will loose o/cing ability though), if not, an AMD-6300 or 8320 if you video edit/convert) then spend more on the graphics card. The 660Ti, 7870OC are great cards. The 660Ti seems to have a great advantage in BF3, minimum frame rates can be similar though. All other games come fairly close, unless your an avid BF3 gamer I would purchase the 7870 due to the price difference. You can pick up a good one for $250 compared to low to mid 300's on the 660Ti. Don't get caught up on PhysX, although the idea in itself is great, very few games properly utilize it and most use CPU Instruction Sets for Physics calculations anyway. BF3/FC3 etc.

Also something worth mentioning is on that motherboard the second PCI-E slot runs at 4x in xFire/SLI mode. So if you ever plan to run xFire/SLI setup I would suggest a better motherboard that supports 16/16 or 16/8x.
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Samsung 830 128GB SSD Western Digital 500GB Black Series Pioneer DVR-218L Noctua NH-U12P  
OSMonitorCaseMouse
Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 23" LED 1080p Fractal Design R4 White w/ Window Roccat Kove+ 
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AMD FX-8320 @ 4.2GHz 1.325v Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 1.1 F9 Gigabyte 7870 OC  G.Skill 8GB (2*4GB) 1333 @ CL8 1.52v 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB SSD Western Digital 500GB Black Series Pioneer DVR-218L Noctua NH-U12P  
OSMonitorCaseMouse
Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 23" LED 1080p Fractal Design R4 White w/ Window Roccat Kove+ 
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Roccat Kave 5.1 Headset Antec Earth Watts 750w 
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post #4 of 5
that board is fine for one card..and the powersupply would be fine for even a gtx 670..unless you plan to add a 2nd gpu in the future? the rosewell psu have been getting great reviews.
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corsair dominator platnum crucial m4  samsung 840 asus blueray 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
corsair h100 win7 64 asus vg27h 120hz logitech g510 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
ocz zx 1250 nzxt switch 810 razor naga steel searies 
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bobo 2 seaker cold cathlode lighting tritton ax720 corsair sp120  
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corsair dominator platnum crucial m4  samsung 840 asus blueray 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
corsair h100 win7 64 asus vg27h 120hz logitech g510 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
ocz zx 1250 nzxt switch 810 razor naga steel searies 
AudioOtherOtherOther
bobo 2 seaker cold cathlode lighting tritton ax720 corsair sp120  
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post #5 of 5
I personally would get a different case. I currently have the elite 430 and can say nothing good about it. There is zero cable management, hardly and room from the top of the mobo to the top of the case. And I can't fit 2 fans up there because of it, my ram gets in the way and my ram doesn't even have tall heat spreaders.
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