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newbie needs help please


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Hi all

I built my last high end gaming rig 7 years ago so I am a little rusty but keen to start again, i am ditching my 27" imac

I am looking to run all games on the very best settings @ a resolution of 2560 x 1440

as well as import and a little editing of family home movies in AVCHD format

I am mainly interested in FPS, simulators and am looking to have a look at Skyrim etc

I am about to purchase the following kit and just wanted to know if there were any glaring errors in my choices.. I have stuck to the usual suspects as mentioned i am out of touch

shopping list after watching utube and reading various reviews =

Asus PB278Q 27 inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor (2560x1440, 5ms, VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI)

Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse

Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard

Slimline USB External DVDRW/DVD RW

Arctic Silver 5 3.5g Thermal Paste

Akasa AK-CC7117EP01 K32 High Performance Intel Cooler for LGA775, LGA1156 and LGA1155

WD Caviar Green 2TB SATA 6Gbps Power Saving Internal Hard Drive OEM

Corsair TX750V2 Enthusiast Series 750W ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze PSU

Corsair 16 GB Vengeance 240-pin DIMM DDR3-RAM 1600 MHz PC Memory

TP-Link TL-WN951N 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter

Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 Motherboard

Asus Nvidia GeForce 2GB GTX 680 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Cooler Master HAF X USB 3.0 XL ATX Case

Intel 3rd Generation Core i7-3770K CPU

Crucial CT256M4SSD2BAA 256GB M4 SATA III

windows 8 64 oem

any advise would be much appreciated !

Thanks in advance :)


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Great choice of components there, only thing I would point out is I would go with a GTX 670 or Radeon 7970 as they both perform the same as the 680 and the 7970 also comes with a few games!

Also worth nothing Samsung are currently offering cashback on their SSDs and they are top dogs in the SSD game along with Crucial

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