Build ready for gaming PC around $1500. Open to advice..

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I am using the following parts and will be purchasing them from newegg and amazon (which ever is cheaper). Please let me know what you think. I am open to any suggestions. My budget is around $1500.

NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case(black) $99 newegg

Corsair HX 750W $144.99 newegg

Corsair Vengeance 16gb (2X8) ddr3 sdram 1600 $79.98 newegg

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $31.24 amazon

EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2048MB $389.99 amazon

ASUS Sabertooth Z77 LGA 1155 Intel $229.99 amazon

Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz $319.99 amazon

LG Electronics 24X dvd drive $21.75

ASUS 24 inch Full HD LED Monitor $174.00

Samsung 830 Series 2.5inch 128gb SSD $89.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III $89.93 amazon

Only thing I'm concerned about is the CPU cooler. I'm worried it will not fit with the corsair vengeance hp ram and the case if the side fan is installed.

Thanks for looking and I appreciate any advice :D
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  1. I think the concerns are probably overblown.

    That being said, why not just leave off the Hyper 212 entirely and just use the stock fan. That won't bother the RAM at all and there is not really much sense in OCing a 3770k for gaming anyway.

    For that matter, you could get away with a much cheaper motherboard too, like $125 - $150.

    No real need for a Corsair 750w either, those parts non OCd are like 300w. Something like an XFX 650w or Corsair CX600 would be available for about half as much after rebates, maybe even less.
  2. This should be in the system section but you don't need an i7 for gaming or 16gb of ram. Just get an i5 3570k and 8gb(2x4gb) of corsair vengeance lp 1600mhz. Also you could get a much cheaper mobo that's very good asus p8z77-v lk or if you have to get a better one this asus p8z77-v. Now if you plan to get a second gpu later for sli setup then get the 750w psu but if you don't plan to just get a 550w psu like the xfx pro550.
  3. Don't get anything from asus below the V....

    If you want a good board get the Z77X-UD5H.
  4. The 3770k actually beats the 3570k by quite a bit in a lot of the highly threaded games like BF3. If he isn't sacrificing anything anywhere else and he has the money to waste anyway, then let him get the 3770k.

    If he branches off into audio/video editing he would be glad to have the 3770k and the 16 GBs of RAM.

    It isn't that uncommon for gamers to want to record videos, edit them, and throw them up on youtube to show their friends and so on.

    With that money I said he could save earlier, I would go up to a 256 GB SSD if he still wants to invest it.
  5. Ideas if your primary reasone for build is gaming:

    1. 3570k (save money) - Overclock if req'd
    2. 8 gb RAM (it's more than enuff)
    3. ASRock z77 mobo (more money saved)
    4. 256 GB SSD (Samsung, Crucial, Intel)

    You'll save money and great performance. Good Luck
  6. I'll just post this build here.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: EVGA 151-SE-E777-K2 EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($386.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($127.47 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: LG IPS231B-BN 23.0" Monitor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1440.15
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    It's based on LGA 2011 which is Intel's high end platform.It has 2.5 times the PCI-E lanes of LGA 2011 making it very suitable for a multi-GPU gaming system.It also has a upgrade path to the upcoming Ivy Bridge-E so if you need a better processor in the future you wouldn't need to buy a new motherboard as well.
    It has quad channel 16GB RAM which may or may not be usefull for you.
    It uses a Sapphire HD 7970 GHZ Edition which is more powerfull than a GTX 670 overall *yes even the FTW.It's cooler is also very silent and it's a very good overclocker.
    It has one of the best cases on the market.
    And it's monitor is a huge improvement over the one you listed.
  7. I am just not seeing it.

    Why prepare for multiple video cards when the OP hasn't even expressed an interest in it?

    Not to mention x16 / x16 actually benchmarks lower than x8 / x8 does most of the time due to the added overhead broadcasting from the NF200.

    If he did express an interest in multiple video cards, its likely people would just talk him out of it anyway, I know I would give it a shot.

    The XFX 850w would also be overkill even for 2x 7970s.

    Not sure what you read about 7970 OCing, but what I read says they don't benefit much from OCing.

    While max FPS can be pushed 20% higher, that translates into more like 5% for average FPS, and an actual loss on minimum FPS (the most important sort). It is certainly not worth pouring 20% more power into it to get those results.

    Here is a Metro 2033 benchmark saying as much:
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