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~$1400-1500 build (want to cut cost w/o losing performence)

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February 17, 2012 6:34:04 PM

Hi, I'm building my first Gaming PC and I'm trying to make it as powerful future-proof as possible for as cheap as possible. I know its a pretty tall order for a first timer but thanks in advance!!!
[current specs and price]
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 570 *SLI ~$680 for both


CPU: Intel i5-2500k 3.3ghz ~$225


Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 ~$150


Power supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt~$135


Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ~$25


RAM: G. SKILL Ripjaw series~$80


HD: Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Green ~$118


CD: not really important ~$20

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 midtower ATX


Again Thanks!
PS: Feel free to offer alternatives

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February 17, 2012 6:49:00 PM

MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : I5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $1,407.90 and 1363$ after rebates.
You can buy in your budget an SSD for OS Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 80$
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February 17, 2012 11:15:56 PM

I think you may be happier and have an easier time with the GPU/PSU setup suggested above. Pretty good recommendations by sosofm.
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February 19, 2012 1:12:06 AM

thanks all for the recommendations I'm definatley taking them into account for the final build thanks!
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February 19, 2012 1:12:57 AM

Best answer selected by Redgirraffe.
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