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Hi,
I am moving to the US this fall and I need to build a gaming PC. I have been out of touch with the hardware scene for the past couple of years. Here are my requirements:

1. Budget: Bellow 1300$ preferably. Don't mind pushing it to 1400$ if it's truly worth it.
2. I need everything except a Keyboard and a Mouse. (Need a Monitor and speakers too)
3. No Overclocking.
4. Compulsive need to play games at Ultra settings in full HD.

Here is what I came up with (I don't know if the prices are perfectly correct):

CPU Intel Core i5 3570 215 $
Motherboard ASROCK z77 Extreme 135 $
Hard Drive Western Digital 1TB Black 90 $ (Do I really need an SSD too?)
Monitor Asus VS248H 24" 200 $ (No Idea how to pick Monitors. Perhaps better Suggestions?)
Graphics Card Evga GTX770 ACX Cooling 410 $ (I need to game at ultra settings at 1920x1080)
Power Supply Rosewill Hive 750W 90 $
RAM GSkill RipJaws 8Gb 72 $
Speakers Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 200 $ (Not a huge audiophile, not a bass fan. But I like good sound)
Case/Cabinet N/A (Suggest a good, cheap full ATX case. I don't like being cramped for room)

Total 1412 $

This is turning out to be a little too expensive for me. Haven't even decided on a case yet! So is there any way I can keep the cost down? This is purely a gaming PC. Your suggestions are welcome! Thank you!
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WD 1.5TB + Segate 250GB LG Blu-ray combo windows 7 ultimate 64-bit BenQ 24" full HD LED 
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if u are not going to OC... i would go with AMD and save money...

FX8350 + HD7970Ghz + free game.... and u can get a high end mobo for the same price as a mid range mobo from intel...
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Well.. I might change my mind and OC at some point in the future. I would like to keep that option open.
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WD 1.5TB + Segate 250GB LG Blu-ray combo windows 7 ultimate 64-bit BenQ 24" full HD LED 
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logitech G15 Tagan BZ700 Antec 900 Razer death adder 
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WD 1.5TB + Segate 250GB LG Blu-ray combo windows 7 ultimate 64-bit BenQ 24" full HD LED 
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Originally Posted by amitashr View Post

Hard Drive Western Digital 1TB Black 90 $ (Do I really need an SSD too?)
No you don't need to have SSD. It won't improve your gaming frame rate. Unless, if you want your games to load faster and increase you system booting speed, then you're good to go. But otherwise, no.
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Monitor Asus VS248H 24" 200 $ (No Idea how to pick Monitors. Perhaps better Suggestions?)
For me, monitor choices is depend on how competitive you want to be as a gamer. This is determine by the refresh rate of the monitor. For example, 60Hz monitor is the common choices for many people because it's cheaper. But 120Hz monitor will be smoother because it has higher refresh rate. The difference could be vital when you have a competitive gaming although it's not very noticeable in the naked eyes. Look at this video for example, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHjT1tYg83c You should notice the difference when the comparison is made through slow mo. Although it's very debatable whether the difference can be noticeable in the naked eyes or whether it will help you in competitive gaming, most people who own 120hz monitor never look back to 60hz monitor. The only problem with 120hz monitors is that they're a bit more expensive than 60hz monitor. By the way, the one you listed is 60Hz monitor.
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Regarding SSD. For gaming, it'll do two things. 1) Reduce the time it takes loading screens to load. 2) For some few games that load textures on the fly (WoW, for example), it'll provide some very minor benefits loading new textures.

My general recommended monitors right now in order of price it costs:

Whatever POS thing that's on sale @ around $100 for 23-24" 1920x1080. If you can't afford better.

BenQ gw2450 (hm variant if you need HDMI for some reason). ~$160. Excellent low-price but high-quality 24" 1920x1080 monitor. Very good choice if you just want something decent for relatively low cost.

Asus mx239h ~220. Extremely high-quality 23" 1920x1080 monitor. A slight upgrade on the BenQ above in terms of picture quality, although somewhat smaller. Also, small silver bezels.

BenQ xl2420t ~$300-400. Often goes on sale, when it does it's one of the cheaper quality 24" 1920x1080 120hz monitors.

Korean/Monoprice 27" 2560x1440 ~$400. Cheap 27" IPS. Some risk. Try to get one with only one video input (dual-dvi), as it will have lower input lag than those with more options.

For even more money: The high-quality 27" & up stuff.
    
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