New $1000ish Gaming PC Ver. 3 - Good to Go?

Hello, I'm planning to build a new PC in preparation for Diablo 3, and since the last time I did that was somewhere around Diablo 2, I figured I'd ask for some help. Here's what I've got so far (UPDATED TO REFLECT FEEDBACK):

Approximate Purchase Date: 5/6-5/9

Budget Range: 700-900 after rebates for everything except video-card (explained below)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor/Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've done most of my shopping on Newegg, but I'd be willing to check out Tiger Direct. I'll be using Bestbuy.com for the video card.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Leaning toward Intel processor, but I'm willing to be convinced

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not immediately

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: While I'm trying to be comprehensive in my research, my biggest concern is all the parts playing nicely, so any tips/horror stories on that front would be greatly appreciated. Games I'm interested in crushing beneath my might graphical boot-heel are Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, LoL and the Witcher titles. Thanks to everyone who has replied already for getting me to version 3.

My current (potential) load-out. Ones in red are very rough guesses:

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99 ($10 Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA1155 AMD CrossFireX W/HDMI,DVI Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77-D3H - $119.99
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-LGA1155-CrossFireX-Motherboard-GA-Z77-D3H/dp/B007R21K9E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336087116&sr=8-1

Power Supply: XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

Processor: i5-3570KIntel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K - $229.99 ($20 Rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2373004&sku=I69-3570K

Video Card: VisionTek - AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card - $409.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/VisionTek+-+AMD+Radeon+HD+7950+3GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+3.0+Graphics+Card/5390084.p?id=1218637217376&skuId=5390084&st=7950&cp=1&lp=5'

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $46.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Storage A: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $124.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Storage B: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $119.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245

Disc Drive: Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM) - $17.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4829307&CatId=1624
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  1. I'd pick the second one over the first but the i7 is way overkill for what you need it to do. I'd suggest finding a bundle based off the i5-3570K and upgrading your GPU to a 7950 if gaming is your primary focus. 4GB of RAM is very questionable - that won't get you very far these days - 8 is ideal.
  2. g-unit1111 said:
    I'd pick the second one over the first but the i7 is way overkill for what you need it to do. I'd suggest finding a bundle based off the i5-3570K and upgrading your GPU to a 7950 if gaming is your primary focus. 4GB of RAM is very questionable - that won't get you very far these days - 8 is ideal.


    Yeah, definitely going with 8GB for the RAM. The one reason I was leaning towards the i7 is that this bad boy is probably going to need to last a while and I wasn't sure the i5 would have legs over the next couple of years. Is it worth going a bit overboard to futureproof, or is the i5 good for the long haul?
  3. Splatoon said:
    Yeah, definitely going with 8GB for the RAM. The one reason I was leaning towards the i7 is that this bad boy is probably going to need to last a while and I wasn't sure the i5 would have legs over the next couple of years. Is it worth going a bit overboard to futureproof, or is the i5 good for the long haul?


    If it's a strictly gaming machine, the i5 is better for the long haul and the new Ivy chips have onboard HD 4000 video compared to the i7's HD 3000 (which has been shown to beat the AMD Llano's built in Radeon 6670). If you're going to be using say multi media friendly applications like CS5 then the i7 could come in handy.

    But as far as the i7 for gaming goes - it will be years before games catch up to hyper threading technology. They're just now catching up to quad core CPUs, it will be a long time before they take advantage of hex and octo core CPUs. Where you'll notice the biggest performance difference in any build is with the GPU. Sure the CPU helps but the last few years the GPU has often been the deal breaker in terms of performance with a lot of builds.
  4. See, that's exactly the kind of "hey dummy, smarten up" advice I am in desperate need of. Thanks for the heads up, I'm going to readjust my search accordingly.
  5. Splatoon said:
    See, that's exactly the kind of "hey dummy, smarten up" advice I am in desperate need of. Thanks for the heads up, I'm going to readjust my search accordingly.


    Yeah if it's a strictly gaming system the GPU and PSU are the most important parts of the build bar none. The 7870 is a great GPU - it's the same one I have - it gets GTX 580 numbers for like 1/2 the cost, but if you can get a 7950/7970 or even a 680 that would be the ultimate.
  6. If you have a micro center store near you, they have a great deal on a z77 mobo and i5 3570k. $280 for both! They also have a slightly better mobo available for a little more $$.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387156
  7. bacole08 said:
    If you have a micro center store near you, they have a great deal on a z77 mobo and i5 3570k. $280 for both! They also have a slightly better mobo available for a little more $$.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387156


    Oh man, so close but just a wee bit too far. I actually live in Rochester NY, so I'd pretty much eat my savings driving out to the Big City.
  8. the processor you want is bundled with a great motherboard on newegg
    like getting a great mobo for $80!

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20910431

    BE SURE TO READ THE REVIEWS!
  9. May not be from bestbuy but you can try to buy some of your other parts from there. Plus you'll thank yourself in the future.
  10. or this one, a bit less of a mobo but still a steal, same bundle, now the mobo is only $40!
    1x ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    1x Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910439&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=ai4hbq50x54y
  11. Apollo68 said:
    or this one, a bit less of a mobo but still a steal, same bundle, now the mobo is only $40!
    1x ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    1x Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.910439&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=ai4hbq50x54y


    Check the number of x16 lanes the motherboard has - as long as it has two or more it should be fine, but you don't want to forfeit one in case you plan to Crossfire / SLI later on.
  12. g-unit1111 said:
    Check the number of x16 lanes the motherboard has - as long as it has two or more it should be fine, but you don't want to forfeit one in case you plan to Crossfire / SLI later on.


    Here are the tech specs for the mobo

    Learn more about the ASRock Z75 Pro3
    Model

    Brand
    ASRock

    Model
    Z75 Pro3

    Supported CPU

    CPU Socket Type
    LGA 1155

    CPU Type
    Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)

    Supported CPU Technologies
    Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

    Chipsets

    North Bridge
    Intel Z75

    Memory

    Number of Memory Slots
    4×240pin

    Memory Standard
    DDR3 2800+(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066

    Maximum Memory Supported
    32GB

    Channel Supported
    Dual Channel

    Expansion Slots

    PCI Express 3.0 x16
    1

    PCI Express 2.0 x16
    1 @x4

    PCI Express x1
    1

    PCI Slots
    2

    Storage Devices

    SATA 3Gb/s
    4

    SATA 6Gb/s
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s

    SATA RAID
    0/1/5/10

    Onboard Video

    Onboard Video Chipset
    None

    Onboard Audio

    Audio Chipset
    Realtek ALC892

    Audio Channels
    8 Channels

    Onboard LAN

    LAN Chipset
    Realtek 8111E

    Max LAN Speed
    10/100/1000Mbps

    Rear Panel Ports

    PS/2
    1

    Video Ports
    D-Sub

    HDMI
    1 x HDMI

    USB 1.1/2.0
    4 x USB 2.0

    USB 3.0
    2 x USB 3.0

    Audio Ports
    6 Ports

    Internal I/O Connectors

    Onboard USB
    2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0

    Other Connectors
    1 x CIR header
    1 x COM port header
    1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
    1 x Power LED header
    CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
    24 pin ATX power connector
    8 pin 12V power connector
    Front panel audio connector

    Physical Spec

    Form Factor
    ATX

    Dimensions
    12" x 7.6"

    Power Pin
    24 Pin

    Features

    Features
    100% All Solid Capacitor Design

    Digi Power Design

    Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2800+(OC)

    1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot, Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, CrossFireX

    PCIE Gigabit LAN

    Supports Intel HD Graphics with Built-in Visuals

    Dual-VGA Output Options : D-Sub, HDMI

    Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)

    7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports THX TruStudio

    Supports ASRock XFast RAM, XFast LAN, XFast USB, OMG, Internet Flash, On/Off Play, UEFI System Browser

    Supports Intel Smart Connect, Intel Rapid Start, Lucid Virtu Universal MVP

    Free Bundle : CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite

    Manufacturer Warranty

    Parts
    3 years limited

    Labor
    3 years limited

    bit of overkill but i got lazy :D
  13. Thanks to Apollo68's suggestion, I think I'm going with the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 as my motherboard. I think I'm pretty happy with the power supply as well (I've read that the 7950's tend to top out at 450w even in full-blown Crossfire). All told this beauty is coming it around $792 before the video card and rebates, which is right inside my range. If anyone's got any last minute "for the love of god, don't do it!" suggestions to throw out I'd definitely appreciate it, but I think if this passes muster I'll put the order(s) in tomorrow night.
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