Great Gaming Build <$1500 DIY

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67 (REV 3.0) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.06 @ Pcczone)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($557.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1460.84 (Build it yourself)


If you build this off NCIX, it will run somewhere around $1650
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  1. Wow, excellent start but it could use a bit of tweaking:

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    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67 (REV 3.0) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.06 @ Pcczone)


    I really do not like this choice for motherboard with the plastic covers on everything. Get this instead:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

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    CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)


    The H60 is kind of a moot point when it's outperformed by solid air coolers that cost exactly the same - I don't touch liquid cooling and most likely never will.
    Try this instead - it's a lot safer choice: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835288001

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    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($134.99 @ NCIX US)


    For the price this is a way better case - I like the HAF series but I'm not a fan of full towers by any means - I think this would be a better choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010

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    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)


    I wouldn't change your SSD - that's a good choice, but I'd actually up this to a 1TB or 2TB - which you can have for ~$120:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136891

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    Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)


    650 might be a bit underpowered for a 7970 - you might want to up that to a 750 just to be on the safe side.

    Otherwise everything else looks good.
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