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Help with under $1k gaming build

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July 10, 2012 1:59:57 AM

Five years after my last build (man this comp has done me well!), I am looking to finally replace it so I can play some of the newer games on high settings. My budget is under $1k. I will do a modest overclock, but nothing extreme. Will reuse the monitor/keyboard/mouse from old system. I need to buy Windows7, but I am not including that in the budget. That's a separate purchase.

What I've tentatively looked at so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ PC Mall)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.94 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $960.78

Link:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bJdJ

Feedback & suggestions are heartily welcome, especially about:
CPU cooler (trouble fitting with the ram/mobo? anything smaller or less expensive for modest overclock?)
PSU (overkill? not enough?)
Video card (anything better in the same price range?)

Thanks in advance!

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July 10, 2012 2:43:08 AM

Drop the Samsung 830 and go with the Crucial M4 128 GB ($109.99) you wont notice any performance drops. With the savings from this apply it towards your video card a 7850 with 2GB.
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