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December 12, 2013 6:44:26 PM

I am currently working on building a Gaming PC and I am trying to keep the cost around $1000.

I would like some recommendations from some experts on what I should buy. I have a build complete but I have some questions.

I would prefer to not get an AMD processor or video card even though they are cheaper. The motherboards that have AMD sockets don't support SLI and I'm not happy with AMD's video card drivers.

Questions:
1. Should I spend the extra money for a quad-core i5-3570 or just get a dual-core i3-3220?
2. Is the Power Supply overkill or is it fine because I plan to get a second video card for SLI when I have the money?
3. Do I really need the extra fans or will the included ones be fine.
4. Should I buy a CPU cooler of will the stock do fine as long as I don't overclock.

The Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($157.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.95 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($103.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: NZXT FS-200RB-BLED 89.5 CFM 200mm Fan ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: NZXT FS-200RB-BLED 89.5 CFM 200mm Fan ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: NZXT FN-140RB 62.5 CFM 140mm Fan ($11.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($125.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1048.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 21:42 EST-0500)
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2013 6:48:03 PM

looks good to me..
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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2013 6:50:26 PM

1/ quad core..
2/ the gold versions are really more like 700 watt power supplies
3/ only if you like the colors.
4/stock will be fine if you dont plan to over clock. case fans will actually help a bit in that department.
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