Best PC Build under 1300$ for gaming

So, I am thinking of making my own (first) PC and I'm in the "thinking about which parts to buy" part

I've searched throughout the Internet and talked to people and this is what I got
(Let me say that I have no experience with overclocking and I know that I could buy the locked version, but that one is easier to find)

That's what I want to buy right now, for the maximum price 1300$ (the cheaper the better for my wallet of course :) ) is this the best? What changes can I make so that I get the best gaming rig for my money?

And (if that's not much to ask) how would the game play in that rig? How many FPS would I get in games such as Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2/3
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  1. I think that build looks pretty good actually.

    -I would say go with Windows 8 64 bit since it runs very well, even on older systems.

    -Go with a 770 since it's a bit cheaper.

    770($399.99) Includes Splinter Cell Blacklist:

    -Western Digital is a bit more reliable in my opinion

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($112.55 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($102.68 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($29.94 @ Adorama)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1246.10
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 19:54 EDT-0400)

    You can do up to 4.2ghz easily with hyper 212 as long as you don't get a processor from a bad batch. Overclocking is easy, don't worry, it does not require any skills, and do not use software to overclock the processor.
  2. Thanks for your reply!

    I have a few questions though,

    I'm guessing the 770 is worse because it's cheaper (and usually if it's cheaper it's worse) how worse is it? Would I notice a significant difference while gaming?

    And what about the FPS? How many could I get with the build you gave me?
  3. The 770 is a newer card, the 680 is from the last series. The 770 isn't much better than the 680, but it is cheaper. So you won't lose any performance, it's basically a slightly better 680 you could say.
  4. Oh, thanks for clearing that out for me, but (if you don't mind) why is it cheaper if it's newer and better?
  5. Afonso_CR said:
    Oh, thanks for clearing that out for me, but (if you don't mind) why is it cheaper if it's newer and better?

    Good question, either they want to take advantage of consumers with the last few ones they have, or probably because they just don't produce that series anymore.
  6. Oh ok, thanks for the info
    Would I need that CPU cooler if I'm not overclocking? Doesn't it already come with a stock fan? (excuse me if I'm completely wrong, I'm kinda new to this)

    Now, if anyone could give an estimate answer to the second part of my questions it would be really awesome :D

    How many FPS should I get with this build (see edogawa's build)
  7. Best answer
    Stock coolers are terrible, especially for a gaming PC, they don't cool well at all.

    For FPS example:
  8. Ah, I get it, thanks for the heads up, I would have used the stock coolers otherwise

    Thanks for answering everything I've asked :D
  9. No problem, enjoy!
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