New Build for Gaming (BF3 Ultra, Diablo 3 Ultra etc) need some fb

Hey guys, this is my first time posting here but i read here all the time and take alot of advice which i highly appreciate as a learning IT. But alas im on my second home built computer choice with the spending limit I have, I need some feed back preferably critic feed back ideas you can criticize me if its for my learning sake and I will accept all advice.

My Next Build
CPU - Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor
GPU - Diamond 7970PE53G AMD Radeon HD 7970 3072MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
MOBO - GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Motherboard
RAM - 16GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800)
PSU - 900w Antec Gold Certified PSU
HD - Momentus 320GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5 x2 (FOR RAID 0 DUAL SETUP)
SSD - Petrol PTL1-25SAT3-128G 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5
Case - Commander MS-I Snow ATX Mid-Tower
Water Cooler - Hydro Series H70 CORE Liquid CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste - Ice Crystal

This is much appreciated.


HD / SSD - The lower HD space is because I don't download movies, or do anything that consumes mass amounts of space except my games which only would more then likely take up one of the hard drives if that considering windows will run on the SSD with error / log writing disabled to increase SSD life and not have consistent pressure on it except for gaming and boot up.
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  1. Note: I am an Nvidia fan all the way and really enjoy their cards they stay cool and always perform top notch on my first home build im running a GTX 560ti x2 sli which maxes what i need but its going to my brother. My friend runs his Malibal Satori laptop with the amd 7970m and I thought it be time to give AMD a try for once.

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  2. I certianly am not understanding your reasoning on the video card selection. In the chart that you posted the GTX 670 clearly beats out the 7970 and is $50 cheaper so why would you select the 7970?
    You didn't list a budget nor the cost of what you listed for a build , so I will list a build and you can compare it to yours for performance and cost. With the selection of the Antec 900w is it your intention to eventualy go with two video cards?
  3. I'm using microcenters online purchase and discounts in my area so im getting about 300- 400 off the build in savings then rebates when mail in. My initial build budget is 1800 - 900. The reasoning for choosing the 7970 is when looking online the GTX 670 was around 50- 100 bucks more then the price listed in the chart and higher then the 7970. I am not looking to crossfire / sli in this machine unless you can pick a better card setup for two. The reasoning for the 900w psu is im currently using it in my build that is going to my brother and its running strong for almost a year I really enjoy antec psu's and didn't see a reason to choose a separated product that I am not used to when powering my machine.

    Edited: 670 Price - $559.99 7970 price - $469.99 Also when looking at reviews and performance vids etc of testing with same build PC's running the cards i've noticed the 7970 runs a little bit more fps then the 670 under the load so how accurate the chart is up to speculation.

    Current build cost total added with tax: 1683.29

    With the 100 dollar spending le way i could get the 670.

    Please look at : I could purchase that for 20 bucks more and use 2 day free shipping, as I've been reading the EVGA cards for 670's are faulty. I usually roll MSI but i haven't found an MSI on microcenter nor the asus so i'm going outside the box a tad.

    ALSO - I would look into upping my budget if you could help me find a watercool kit for the GPU we decide on instead of using the stalk fans.
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    COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
    $49.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $39.99

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

    ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

    XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition CPU Cooler with Stealth Aerospace Industry Thermal conductive ceramic coating ALL intel AMD IVY BRIDGE compatible

    XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply
    $137.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $127.99

    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $419.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $409.99.

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    This comes to $1324.92 and the changes that I made are , going from 16gb of ram to 8gb because no game will require more than 4 or 5 gb of ram to play. Going with just the 256GB SSD for now and if needed add another 256gb SSD later on. With not downloading or storing a lot of files on your computer you don't need that much space , I currently run the two Samsung 830 SSD's. The power supply is reduced to 750w because even if you have two GTX 670's this psu will be good enough. Two GTX 670's will absolutly destroy two 7970's in any game as you can see by your chart even one is much better.
  5. Wow, i appreciate the new list, with that list it gives me a HUGE budget space left. But I have a question why not get an i7 instead of an i5? And could you assist me in finding a water cooler for the CPU as well or will the one i listed work well?
  6. $409.99

    I don't know what your looking at for GTX 670's but as you can see at Newegg they are running at about $400 , are you sure that your not looking at the GTX 680?
    If you get a chance check out this article.

    I don't know of a water cool kit for the 670 and I have my Pc water cooled but I have built my own water cooling setup , so they do make a water block for the 670 but you have to get the tubing , pump , radiator , resivoir and fittings and put it together yourself. In my computer the cpu , ram and video cards are all water cooled.
  7. I really don't think that you would need one for the cpu since the new Ivy Bridge cpu's have a TDP of 77w and don't give off a lot of heat and they also don't overclock as well as the Sandy Bridge cpu's. The water cooler that you chose would be good enough , but here are some other's to look at.
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