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Help me build gaming only rig..$700 - $1k

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November 2, 2013 2:09:11 PM

What I want to play with this gaming rig:
mostly MMO's, prefer the system be able to play them max or near max

What I value
Longevity and quality over speed and extra features (I don't OC GPU, CPU etc.)
Upgradeability - need system to run 4 years using cpu, ram, and gpu upgrades

Brands I prefer:
Asus motherboards, Nvidia video cards, Kingston Ram, and Intel CPU's. Asus, Kingston and Nvidia I am willing to change brands if the facts show similar quality with a good price/performance gain. I am not willing to Go AMD over Intel for the CPU however.

Last Notes:
I know there are cheaper non-OC IvyBridge CPU's and Motherboards, but I went Haswell over IvyBridge, thinking it would give me more upgradability in the future (am I wrong here?), and I had a really tough time sorting out all of Asus's lineup. Help here saving money (based on what I value etc.) would be appreciated.

*I already have a new 500GB 7200 RPM WD HDD and Monitor to use in this build but need new Windows OS*

Please help me drop the price of the build below ($700 – $1,000 is my range), while keeping quality, upgradability, and performance in mind. If you see any incompatibilities please note them (especially motherboard/case - I hate it when IO on board doesn't work with front IO on case etc.)

Link to compatible RAM for Mobo I've chosen:
http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1150/Z87-A/Z87-A...

OS
Windows 8 full retail
$120

PSU's please help choose(had good luck with Thermaltake on my last build, but willing to look at other quality PSU's)
CORSAIR CXM series CX750M 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80

Thermaltake SMART Series SP-650PCBUS 650W ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70

Motherboard
ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$145

CPU
Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$190

Case
Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-147-...
$110

RAM(Not much research done here..plucked this off from the list based on CAS 9 and the brand)
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 HyperX Model KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$88

GPU (would settle for less GPU than this for now and wait for prices to drop again if needed)
MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$220 after rebate

Additional SSD HD for OS and a couple of my favorite MMO's
Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-239-...
$90

Total = $1043 with the Corsair PSU

Thanks in advance for any help =)

More about : build gaming rig 700

a b ) Power supply
a b B Homebuilt system
a b à CPUs
a b V Motherboard
a b } Memory
November 2, 2013 2:13:22 PM

I understand wanting to go with those preferences except for Kingston. G.Skill, Mushkin, and Corsair perform better for no difference in cost.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $969.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-02 17:14 EDT-0400)
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November 2, 2013 5:59:44 PM

Thanks for the quick response. I like how you snuck that 770 card in there, not bad with the price. I've never used MSI boards, are they reliable?
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Best solution

a b ) Power supply
a b B Homebuilt system
a b à CPUs
a b V Motherboard
a b } Memory
November 2, 2013 7:03:45 PM

I'm actually a huge fan of MSI, because they are a reputable company.
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