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1200$ Gaming PC

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April 30, 2012 5:58:02 PM

Hey guys.
Posted a thread about a month ago, then decided to wait because of Ivy Bridge and financial problems..
And now I'm back on the horse :) 

Looking for a gaming pc for about 1-2 weeks from now.
The build I had in mind, after some research is:

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H

Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5

Corsair TX 650 V2 650W

G.Skill DDR3 F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003

CoolerMaster HAF 922

Besides that, I'm gonna get SDD (probably 120/180GB) and an i7 2700k from a friend.
I'm on a very tight budget as is, and would really like to know if this build is any good, and if I can cut some fat somewhere on it. It's already a bit over the budget I wanted.

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April 30, 2012 6:13:41 PM

If you're looking at the HAF 922, consider the 400R. I have the bigger brother, the 500R, and it is super easy to use. Everything is tool free on both. Everything else looks good.
April 30, 2012 6:26:45 PM

Probably the best motherboard for that price range, the Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is great, has quad CrossFireX and SLI, and some better features, and is cheaper:

For that price for the case, the Corsair 400R has much better features, the HAF 922 has tool-less design but actually the HAF 912 plus has better cable management but you loose tool-less HDD bays and an LED on/off switch.

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April 30, 2012 6:27:41 PM

you can get a 550W PSU and still have headroom. You'll save a few bucks. Also, I noticed that you have the micro ATX version of that MoBo. Get the ATX version and it would be cheaper than the extreme 4.
May 1, 2012 8:48:04 AM

Thanks a lot for the fast answers!

Will a 550W PSU do the job?
I would probably like to OC the CPU at some point.
May 2, 2012 6:24:23 PM

Thanks again,
One more question though - I'm not sure yet whether to buy the parts from a local store, Or should I order it from Amazon\Newegg.
Over the net will be cheaper, but I'm afraid that any of the parts will have some problem over the time (mainly MoBo and GPU), and I won't have anyone to address to.
Does any of you have any experience with warranty problems via Amazon\Newegg or such?