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August 23, 2012 4:45:47 AM

Hi. This is my first build and I wanted to see if these components are any good and if they would even work together. I'm going to use this computer for gaming.
I want to run on High to Ultra settings.
I'm not going to overclock (not sure how, and I don't want to ruin anything). My budget is 1,500 or anywhere around there, the lower the better lol.
Any advice or tips is very much appreciated.

CPU: intelcore i7 3770k
Mobo: ASUS DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black
SSD: Samsung 830
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 750 wattz
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower Case
GPU: I have no clue what I should get. Any suggestions would be awesome.

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August 23, 2012 6:41:42 AM

Drop down to 8GB RAM and i5-3570k. No need for your CPU and RAM for gaming. Get the GTX 670. It performs very close to the top end cards.

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August 23, 2012 7:01:50 AM

Downgrade to the i5-3570k. In gaming the extra threads an i7 provides just wont be used.
Intel i5-3570k. $230

Thats a quite expensive motherboard, you can get cheaper that will do the same. The AsRock Z77 Extreme4 is the go-to motherboard and is very good for its price.
AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $135

Only need 8GB of RAM for gaming. Get a Low Profile kit so you can add as large a heatsink as you want.
G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600mhz CL9 1.5v. $44

Nothing wrong with Caviar Blacks except their price. Seagate Barracuda's are a tiny bit faster and a lot cheaper.
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90

SSD is good, though I would recommend the OCZ Vertex 4 instead.
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $110

750W is overkill if you are only going for a single GPU, but is about right if dual Crossfire/SLI is a consideration.

Case is good.

A good GPU for a single monitor is the GTX670. That will max any game you could throw at it 1080p. If gaming across a multiple monitors or a larger resolution is a possibility, a HD7970 is the one to get. Good manufacturers to pick from are ASUS, Gigabyte, Sapphire and MSI.
Gigabyte GTX670. $400
Sapphire HD7970 Ghz edition. $470

This rig is overclock compatible, so I suggest you do so. For that you need an aftermarket heatsink, and a very good busget cooler to get is the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. It will support moderate overclocks on that CPU.
CM Hyper 212 EVO. $35
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August 23, 2012 8:26:18 PM

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August 23, 2012 8:28:53 PM

Thank you guys! All these posts were very helpful :D