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Review before purchasing a new Gaming build; sub-1000$ budget, no monitor/keyboard/mouse

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June 14, 2013 10:25:27 PM

So I'm looking at putting together a new system and hoping to put together something that will last a while, but on a budget. I have been doing some research and have attempted to put together a good build on my own, but I'd like to hear from the experts before I commit.

I am not buying a monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, optical disk, or HDD; I have those things already.

Here's what I'm looking at currently:
PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

Mobo- ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

CPU- Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

GPU - SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ( SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100352VXSR Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card )

SSD - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

Case- Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

RAM- Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS8G3D1609ES2LX0 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

Final price comes in at about $1050 before rebates (and a little under 1000 after) and I still haven't picked an OS. I'm willing to pay a tad extra if necessary to get a machine that will last, but I'm still hopeful to keep costs down.

Questions!
- What thermal paste should I buy?
- What OS should I buy?
- Is there anything I'm forgetting?
- Everything's compatible... right?
- Did I get a big enough power supply?
- Is there anyplace I could get better bang for my buck, or use less buck for my bang?
- Would it be worth it to get a Haswell i5 4670k instead of the 3570k for an extra 20 dollars?
- Do I have enough fans and cooling?

Thanks in advance for your time and help!

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June 14, 2013 10:45:46 PM

- thermal paste that comes with hyper 212+ is already fine
- win7!!
- video card, you're buying two 7950s?
- yea everything is compatible
- enough PSU IF you won't crossfire two 7950s
- You're buying a powerful CPU, and opting for a MORE powerful Haswell. Question is, what is it that you really need? If you're only gaming, stick with 3570 then OC.

It all comes down to what you really need bro, don't go over your budget just for getting the "latest tech". :)  Goodluck!
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June 14, 2013 10:48:08 PM

Thanks for the reply!

No, it's only one 7950. I don't know how on earth I'd fit two into a sub-$1000 budget.

Also, why Windows 7 and not Windows 8?
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June 14, 2013 10:58:16 PM

Because I'm a win7 lover, and a Win8 hater. LOL But really, research more about win8 issues on games. It's still not stable enough unlike win7. :) 

I thought so, only 1 7950. Oc it a little more, then it would be a 7970 ;) 
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June 14, 2013 11:14:22 PM

adimeister said:
Because I'm a win7 lover, and a Win8 hater. LOL But really, research more about win8 issues on games. It's still not stable enough unlike win7. :) 

I thought so, only 1 7950. Oc it a little more, then it would be a 7970 ;) 


Also, what version of Windows 7?
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June 14, 2013 11:24:33 PM

If you can get the win7 ultimate, then go for it. If not, professional or home premium would still be ok.
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June 15, 2013 12:47:53 AM

Any reason why not getting Haswell (4670k) so you have latest and greatest ? ... only $10 more for the CPU plus the MoBo premium for 1150 board

Yesterday the 500R was $70 after coupon codes and MIR's....similar deals every 2 weeks or so.

You want to install RAM modules in pairs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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