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Looking for some advice on gaming PC ~$1500

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June 8, 2012 10:43:08 PM

Ok, so first, a little about me and what I do. I'm an avid gamer and a physics student. I'm looking to build a PC that can handle not only my gaming, but I also want to start streaming. For school, I typically only use my computer for matlab and occasionally do some relatively simple work with solidworks. I honestly don't know enough about these programs though to know if I'd want to make any considerations for them.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5 GHz LGA 1155 Processor BX80623I72700K
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11197-01-40G
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
Case: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I VN700M1W2N No PS Full Tower Case
Optical: Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST
Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX
SSD: Planning on picking up an 80-120GB SSD, but haven't decided which

The total cost for this is 1289.41 without the SSD or operating system. Any help with this would be appreciated; I'm feeling pretty over my head at the moment.

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2012 11:14:27 PM

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Here are a couple of options for you to consider and they are going to save you a few bucks while giving you as good or almaot as good of performance, the GTX 670 is on the same level as the 7970 but for less mony. I also didn't see you list a power supply so I did list one for you. These are just options for you to consider and decide what you want to do.
June 8, 2012 11:22:30 PM

Oh, good catch on the power supply. I didn't have that one bookmarked. Appreciated.

I'm honestly not sure what the performance difference is between an i5 3570K and an i7 2600k or 2700k. The people I play with are almost universally using i7's, so I figured I'd probably go with one of those but I don't fully understand the reasoning.

I forgot to mention that I'd probably be interested in overclocking a little if needed to stream at a decent quality. I haven't included a cooling system here either though.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 8, 2012 11:41:06 PM

The 3570k is the new Ivy Bridge processor and it can be overclocked I put that model because of the price and there is another model the i7 3770k which runs for $350 and I thought it was a little high but if it's not too high then you can certianly get it. $34.99
June 9, 2012 5:29:50 PM

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