$1000 - $1500 Gaming Rig

Need advice on a new gaming build. I play current MMO's: Tera, SWTOR, and will play Guild Wars and then World of Darkness from CCP when its released. I would also like to play Battlefield 3 and other shooters. I hate jaggies so I would like to turn up the eye candy.

Replacing a Core 2 E8400, 4gb Ram, ATI HD 5870.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks.

Budget Range: (1000-1500)

System Usage: Gaming

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, Monitor?, speakers, OS) I would like to re-use powersupply Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V if possible. Not sure if that is possible with new motherboards. I am currently using a SyncMaster 245BW running 1920 x 1200. Does this need to be upgraded to meet todays standards?

Current parts:
Power Supply

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel Processor, 16gb Ram. (A sold state drive. Not sure how big I need or how many. I currently have 1TB Seagate drive.)

Overclocking: Maybe but I do not have experience with it.

SLI or Crossfire: If needed

Monitor Resolution: I am currently using a SyncMaster 245BW running 1920 x 1200. Seems like a nice monitor but maybe I just don't know what I am missing. I would not want anything over 27/28 inches.

Additional Comments: I desperately need help matching parts so I have a balanced gaming machine. I grab a new I5 Ivy Bridge and GTX 670 but I don’t know if that’s the most cost effective route with the budget I have and would need help picking the correct motherboard and ram for my needs. I will not be running any raid configurations and I do not have any plans to run three monitors as of today, sure it would be great but I don’t think my budget would allow it.

Thank you for your help.
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  1. No, the Synchmaster is just fine!
  2. How about the PSU and the latest motherboards?
  3. Capacitors on psu's wear out with time. That and it might be time to look for a more efficient and up to date psu.

    This build includes a 120GB SATA 3 SSD, gtx 670, Windows 7, etc...

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Computer/dp/B0055Q7BR4/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337472376&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 - $89.99 after mail-in rebate card 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 $222.98 save: $20.00
    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 a link to the latest bios update

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3570K-Processor-BX80637I53570K/dp/B007SZ0E1K/ref=sr_1_4?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337472608&sr=1-4 $239.99 & 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=N82E16820226191 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

    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

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