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

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June 23, 2012 8:17:53 PM

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...

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 @ $129.36 (with shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW @ $409.99 (after rebate and shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Dual-Link-DisplayPort-Graphi...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO @ $35.99
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...
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=N82E168...
650W? Seasonic?

Case: Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T @ $149.99 (after rebate and discount)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
Mushkin?

Total: $1,290.29 (including shipping)

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June 23, 2012 8:29:21 PM

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 :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 23, 2012 8:37:37 PM

You want low profile RAM so you can fit that CM EVO cpu h/s.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-PC3-128... $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?Ite... <---- combo here

Or get that same case for cheaper @ amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CC600TWM-WHT-Special-Grap... $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-comp... $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
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June 24, 2012 2:38:44 AM

@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!
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June 24, 2012 3:23:19 AM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 24, 2012 4:25:38 PM

I just built my first PC without a modular PSU and cable management was still easy.
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June 25, 2012 1:45:42 AM

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!


azeem40 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 
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June 25, 2012 9:21:02 PM

Best answer selected by EXX.
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