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$1500 or less computer build

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CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1371.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 13:21 EDT-0400)

Few Notes:
Yes, I need the 3770k for video rendering.

I might wait for gtx 770, not sure yet. Would it be worth the wait?

I dont need keyboard, mouse, or OS.

Also, the 3770k wont be bought at microcenter so the build total is $80 more than it shows on here.

Any revisions or is that the best i can get for $1500?
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($315.88 @ Amazon)
    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 ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($138.77 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (White/Red) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($76.49 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($150.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1562.07
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 13:59 EDT-0400)


    Alright, this is a tiny bit over 1500, but since your rendering you will likely need more memory.

    XFX is just a re brand of Seasonic, just go from Seasonic directly. Although that promo for the XFX is pretty good, it's up to you.

    Samsung SSD are fanastic.
  2. Switch out your SSD with a Samsung 840 Pro or OCZ Vector otherwise that build looks good to me.

    Although if you want the NVIDIA 7XX series, you're going to be waiting a while. Production delays on the chips have pushed the cards back to late September, early October at the latest.
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