C70 build with MSI 7950 which motherboard should I get?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
FCPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1023.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-20 17:03 EDT-0400)


Is this motherboard and power supply ok? not planning on using crossfire or overclocking soon but might in the future.

Gonna use it for Battlefield 3, Crysis, Bioshock etc

I'd like to think I've done my research but I'll take any suggestions.
Besides that I'm pretty much ready to pull the trigger
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  1. The C70 does not have the best airflow, i recommend switching the case or adding a fan or 2.

    Switch the motherboard out for something better like this one

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77xd3h

    more reliable too

    The ram have tall heatsinks which won't fit under the 212 evo, grab these instead
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmx8gx3m2b1600c9

    You can grab this PSU
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingwin-power-supply-lzp850
    for better efficiency

    I would actually recommend trying to fit an SSD inside for a 1k build for better response times and such. If not get the 64MB cache version of that HDD or different brand

    If you are sure you are not OCing or CFX just take apart the build as save in many places because the people that say that they would add a second card 1 or 2 years later will most likely not do it since there will be much stronger and efficient cards out by then.

    What i would build for a non-OC(OC mostly matters in CPU intensive games and when you SLI/CFX to push it) and non SLI/CFX build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($75.06 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($392.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $966.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-20 18:09 EDT-0400)

    cheaper and stronger but does not leave room for a lot of upgrades like adding a second card
  2. I think your list is just fine, but I would make a few changes. If you are set on the caseand that is your limit on budget, then OK.

    For a little more I would do it this way

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($364.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($121.84 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1100.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-20 18:46 EDT-0400)
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.51 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1061.41
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-20 19:31 EDT-0400)

    Forgot to change motherboard this is the list with the ASrock
  4. You were really fine with 750W, even with GTX 670 SLI. I'm not sure what I was thinking... saw a good combo deal at newegg that wasn't really.

    This Capstone Modular is a better PSU at a better price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264

    This Seasonic (built by them) is just as good, quieter, and has a better rep than the relatively new Capstone (built by Superflower).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087
  5. Alright I'll go with the Seasonic

    Is the rest good to go?

    Thanks alot lol
  6. Everything checks out fine. Have you watched videos of your case choice and others? I find that's the best way, short of visiting a Fry's. Just don't rely on pictures alone.
  7. Nothing wrong with ASrock extreme4 but for $20 less you can get a better board
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77xd3h
    a full board(the asrock uses 3 less screws because it is a bit shorter and have seen a few boards a bit bent still a great board tho if you would like to keep it) Better PWM(this one uses Digital compared to the analog) and just better overall quality put into the board.

    The ram you are getting are a bit pricey, if you are willing to spend that much for 8GB, you can just go for the 16GB and reuse them in a future build for $20 more.
  8. The ram is free with the ASrock so I'll stick with that if it's not a significant difference.

    Thanks for the suggestion tho
  9. Ah didnt know newegg put that deal back into their site. Go with that deal then.
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