~$1200-1500 Gaming PC (First time build)

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 6 months (I know, not exactly "approximate", but I could decide to build in the next week or wait, if that would be the better option).

Budget Range: $1200-1500. The closer to 1200 the better, but also willing to go a little over 1500.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (BF3/Skyrim/Witcher/SWTOR/GW2), Browsing, Music, etc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Win 7 64-bit).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Eventually, maybe. Not 100% sure yet, though.

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not at first, but potentially in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

Basically, I'm looking for the best "bang for my buck" and a setup that will last me a solid few years before becoming... obsolete? Heh.

So far this is what I have picked out, but am definitely looking for opinions/suggestions/changes:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz-$230

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W-$90

GPU: Radeon 7970 3 GB-$550

Note: Really looking for opinions here. Not sure whether I should wait for the 7970 or go with something else.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB-$134

MoBo: ASRock Z68-$122

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blu 8 GB (2X4 GB)-$50

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB-$80

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212-$30

DVD: Asus 24xDVD±RW Drive-$24

Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T-$170

Total: ~$1500.
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  1. Change the RAM with this Corsair Vengeance Low Profile not to interfere with your cpu cooler : http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-12800-CML8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B00569K7LM/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327164582&sr=1-5
    The build look great. 7970 is at this time the best single gpu video card.
  2. everything is good.i would suggest HD 7970 from MSi,asus,gigabyte ,xfx or sapphire.
  3. Thanks guys. I was thinking that maybe I should go with a better PSU as well, just to future proof the build a bit? Maybe something like: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850

    Or even: Corsair HX1050

    Thoughts?
  4. Stay away from OCZ SSD drives, try corsair force gt or force 3 series, or Crucial M4
  5. cronos are good too.
  6. jeremyp1979 said:
    Stay away from OCZ SSD drives, try corsair force gt or force 3 series, or Crucial M4


    What is the problem with OCZ??

    +1 for Crucial SSDs. They seem to be the pick at the moment.

    Samsung 830 series are getting some good rep at the moment too!
  7. @unj008,no offence but that is junk advice.HD 7970 is not a power hungry card.a quality 850w psu will easily handle 7970 crossfire.here's some info for ya-
    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1834/11/
    and
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970/26.html
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