New build, Budget: $1250-1500

Approximate Purchase Date:within the next month maybe 2 months

Budget Range: at the most $1500 including shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, recording, video rendering

Are you buying a monitor: No I have a brand new one already

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open to any sites

Location:Within 10 miles from Philadelphia, PA

Parts Preferences: Not a must but would rather have a full tower case for more room for expansion

Monitor Res: 1920 x1080


Sli/Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments:I would like atleast one 1tb hard drive and atleast one 120 gb ssd

My build:
Case: Thermaltake Armor+mx

PSU: Kingwin Modular 1000W 80 plus bronze PSU

GPU: Asus Geforce Gtx 560 1GB

RAM: 16Gb( I know its overkill) Kingston HyperX

SSD: Sandisk Ultra 120Gb Sata II Internal SSD

HD: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB

Fan: Thermaltake Frio OCK

CPU:Intel Core i5 2500 Sandy Bridge Desktop Processor

Mobo: This is the part I need help with as i'm not exactly sure which Motherboard to get

Total without Mobo: $1,084 So I still have plenty of room in my budget for a good quality motherboard and any upgrades anywhere else I should have.

Any help at all would be appreciated, Thanks!
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  1. And I would also prefer not to have liquid cooling
  2. Best answer
    The build is very imbalanced, here's a better one.

    i5-3570K ($229.99)

    Asrock Z77 Extreme4 ($134.99)

    EVGA Geforce GTX 670 ($399.99)

    Corsair AX650 ($149.99)

    Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB (Includes free Ghost Recon: Future Soldier) ($149.99)

    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB ($119.99)

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($34.99)

    Samsung DVD Writer ($22.99)

    Cooler Master HAF X ($179.99)

    Adds up to about $1430.
  3. Alright thanks for the advice
    If you don't care about the PSU being modular, about half price and just as good (Minus it being modular, obviously)
  5. Well seeing as this is the first one i'm building would you suggest a modular or non- modular psu? Which one is easier to manage and maintain?
  6. Here's what I would suggest on a $1500 budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1485.95
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  7. farsuka:
    I chose the AX650 simply because it's 80 Plus Gold. However, the one you chose is fine too.
  8. Alright thanks for all the help guys, your making this a lot easier for me
  9. Best answer selected by Impenator_221.
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