1000+ Gaming build, first build, need to know if its worth the money

This is my first build so i'm not sure if it's worth the money or even if its any good at all.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime towards the end of the month or early / mid June

Budget Range: anywhere from $1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (MW3, BF3, SWTOR, and eventually Guild Wars 2), watching movies, surfing the net

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: trying out an intel build

Overclocking: Maybe, never attempted to overclock but I might try it out with this new build

SLI or Crossfire: open to any suggestions

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, but probably plan on buying a newer monitor

This is what I got so far

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225#top

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

SSD: (Maybe?) Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148449

VC: XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517&Tpk=hd%20697a

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSC00-80GAD3-US 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171055&Tpk=Cooler%20Master%201200%20W%20PSU

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

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

I'm pretty sure everything's compatible but i'm new to this and I tried researching everything but I might be missing something / mixing something up haha. I'm open to any and all suggestions, whether its swapping something out or just getting rid of something entirely.
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  1. The first thing that jumps out at me is the 1200w psu , is there a reason for such a large wattage psu ? I sure you can certianly get what you want , it's your money but if you want to spend that much then I would suggest going with a better quality brand.

    SeaSonic Platinum-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply
    $259.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151105

    Since you are going with a z77 chipset MB then why not go with a Ivy bridge cpu ?

    Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770
    $319.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116502

    For the same price as a 6970 I would go with a 7870;

    XFX Core Edition FX-787A-CNFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $349.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150604

    Everything else is good and here is a graphics chart to help you see where cards fall in order.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
  2. CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($147.27 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($146.82 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1494.99
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Subtract $100 if you don't need an OS.

    I changed quite a bit. If you want a reason for each change, just ask.
  3. This build includes Windows 7, 120GB SATA 3 SSD and allows you to add another one of those gtx 670's in SLI.


    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337286483&sr=1-4 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-400r-mid-tower-case.html <---- another look at that case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027 $109.99 FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code PCPMK15OFF, ends 5/21
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.921021 $212.98 save: $20.00 FREE SHIPPING
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/asrock_z77_extreme4_review,1.html <----- review of that board with benchmarks

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme4 <----- another look at that board along with the link to the latest bios update

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX80637I53570K/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337224563&sr=1-6 $228.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4 4 BX80637I53570K

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 $34.99 FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $46.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.937168 $104.98 save: $13.00
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71107&vpn=GV-N670OC-2GD&manufacture=Gigabyte $419.99 Free Shipping
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5818/nvidia-geforce-gtx-670-review-feat-evga <------ gtx 670 review with benchmarks

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=pd_cp_sw_0 $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

    Total: $1,358.89 *not including shipping and rebates


    http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-Monitor/dp/B005BZNDOO/ref=dp_cp_ob_pc_title_1 $129.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full HD LED Monitor - Black | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
  4. @inzone: i just heard the higher the watts the better and so i just went with the 1200W just to make sure i had enough. Definitely switching to that one you posted if you think that's enough.

    For the CPU I didn't really do too much research on the i7 3770 and I thought i read somewhere that the difference between the two wasn't too much of a difference when gaming.

    And thats an awesome chart, definitely saving that so overall thanks, that really helped out a lot!


    @darkclownjow: what was the reason for changing the motherboard and the video card? is the video card that big of a difference for the extra 50 bucks? and the power supply, would 850W be enough?
  5. Vheck my sig :)
  6. you guys seem to be going towards the i5 3570k instead of the i7 3770, any reason why? I'm just picking between the two choices that have been posted so any feedback on that would be awesome.
  7. Squishee said:
    you guys seem to be going towards the i5 3570k instead of the i7 3770, any reason why? I'm just picking between the two choices that have been posted so any feedback on that would be awesome.


    you'd be paying more for HT and that doesn't benefit gaming at all, the i5s are the best quad (IMO) for gaming
  8. Ohmybad said:
    you'd be paying more for HT and that doesn't benefit gaming at all, the i5s are the best quad (IMO) for gaming

    +1. IMO as well.
  9. oooh alright, thats awesome! just saved me a couple bucks haha. thanks for all the help guys, really helped me out a lot
  10. Squishee said:
    @darkclownjoe: what was the reason for changing the motherboard and the video card? is the video card that big of a difference for the extra 50 bucks? and the power supply, would 850W be enough?


    You could save some money there on the mobo because the ASRock is a great deal and still provides the ability for CF/SLI.
    As for the video card, there is quite a difference with the performance and with the extra money saved from other parts, you'd see quite a big improvement.
    850W might be a little much, but it leaves sufficient room for upgrades down the line.
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