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Thoughts and Feedback on $1000-ish build

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June 21, 2012 1:39:43 AM

Hi!
I am building a gaming system for my fiancee. I'd like to have it ready to go by mid October. Awhile away, but I like to plan ahead a bit :) 

So far, I have the case, which she picked out. Antec Nine Hundred (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

I am strongly considering the Intel i5 2500K processor (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
and AMD Radeon HD 7870 GPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) Sapphire is what I have in my build, and it has done well, but I'm not too picky.
Neither of these are set in stone, but seem to be my current front runners. I do not want to Crossfire/SLI.

The Power Supply and Motherboard are completely unknown to me at this time, and that is where I would value the most input. I have read about issues with the 7870 and some configurations, but I am unfamiliar with the specifics. Obviously if I go with the 7870, I want to avoid this.

For RAM I tend to stick with Gskill but am open to suggestions from others, or specific gskill models.
I am considering using an SSD for boot and basic files and a 1TB HDD to store media and games. In HDDs I am a bit partial to Western Digital as I have has a few friends who have had very bad luck with Seagate, but again, I'll consider anything.

I am also considering doing a small bit of overclocking if I go with the i5. So if I go with the i5, I wouldn't mind getting an aftermarket CPU cooler. However, I don't want to mess with liquid cooling. Any recommendations there would be appreciated.

The budget is very loose. Ideally, I want to get the best possible gaming system for as close to $1,000 as possible, or under. Overages are okay if the benefits are worthwhile.
This is in the US and would be for 1920x1080 HD gaming. I think that covers all the bases. I greatly appreciate any input!
June 21, 2012 2:18:50 AM

2500k or 2570k are good choices

so is the 7870 . 97 % of compatibility issues are people not knowing how to build a computer and then complaining its someone elses fault when they fail .

whether any of these are good choices in 6 months depends on pricing , and on AMD'd piledriver cpu's which will be available later this year .
Ask again a week before you buy
June 21, 2012 2:48:36 AM

Like outlander said, whats good today and on sale might not be in 4 to 6 months.

If i was going to buy a PC today for about a 1000 or so

CPU MOBO http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is what 1025.92 buys today ( live in the present and dream about tomorrow )
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