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$1,000 ~ $1,500 Gaming Build. Compatibility/Advice?

Hi! I'm looking to build a new PC to replace my old MBP for gaming. It's my first build, so I have been reading up on the forums to see what others are building and came up with the following build. I would appreciate it if the community could provide me with some feedback/suggestions! Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1,000 ~ $1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None (Maybe Amazon for free two day shipping)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Corsair White Graphite Series 600T (I really like this case)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: None

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz @ $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 @ $129.36 (with shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

SSD: Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB @ $199.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364547

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW @ $409.99 (after rebate and shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphics-02G-P4-2678-KR/dp/B0083Y6MV6/

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO @ $35.99
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/
Or should I go for Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus?

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 750W @ $119.99 (after rebate and discount)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
650W? Seasonic?

Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T @ $149.99 (after rebate and discount)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Low Profile Desktop Memory Model @ $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
Mushkin?

Total: $1,290.29 (including shipping)

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  1. Seems to be like a good build!

    No compatibility issues as far as I can see and you've chosen nice components from reputable manufacturers.

    Good luck and enjoy I suppose :)
  2. Best answer
    You want low profile RAM so you can fit that CM EVO cpu h/s.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-12800-CML8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B00569K7LM/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1340483210&sr=1-6&keywords=Corsair+Vengeance $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8 GB (2x4GB) PC3-12800 1600mhz 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit SDRAM CML8GX3M2A1600C9

    or combo that RAM with that case and save $10.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.961767 <---- combo here

    Or get that same case for cheaper @ amazon

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CC600TWM-WHT-Special-Graphite-Computer/dp/B004O0PAKW/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1340483707&sr=1-9 $166.75 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Special Edition Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - White

    That HX750 psu is manufactured by CWT for Corsair. This one down below isn't modular but it's a better psu imo and that case has plenty of room anyways so non modular isn't a problem.

    http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Performance-compatible/dp/B003U29C3Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1340483388&sr=1-2 $104.51 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
  3. @Gallarian
    Thanks! :D

    @Why_Me
    Thanks for the suggestions! I've decided to go with the case/RAM combo @ newegg! As for the PSU, I think I'll go with the modular one since it'd be easier for cable management for a first timer like me! :)

    Quick question: Is the 750W PSU enough for two 670s? Just incase I wanted to make an upgrade down the road. Thanks!
  4. EXX said:
    @Gallarian
    Thanks! :D

    @Why_Me
    Thanks for the suggestions! I've decided to go with the case/RAM combo @ newegg! As for the PSU, I think I'll go with the modular one since it'd be easier for cable management for a first timer like me! :)

    Quick question: Is the 750W PSU enough for two 670s? Just incase I wanted to make an upgrade down the road. Thanks!

    Technically you can get by with a 650w psu for two of those cards, so 750w gives you plenty of headroom.
  5. I just built my first PC without a modular PSU and cable management was still easy.
  6. Why_Me said:
    Technically you can get by with a 650w psu for two of those cards, so 750w gives you plenty of headroom.


    Thanks for the info!


    Anonymous said:
    I just built my first PC without a modular PSU and cable management was still easy.


    Apparently the PSU was on sale for $119.99, so I just ended up ordering only the PSU before the sale ended. :D
  7. Best answer selected by EXX.
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