600-700$ new gaming build/upgrade!

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: 600-700$ after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, some music producing, movie watching, a bit of everything really

Country: USA Pacific

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


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I had a computer that I had built a few years ago but didn't touch at all because of....stuff. :kaola: I dusted it off a few weeks ago and decided to upgrade it for gaming, etc.


Parts Being Reused (although I guess technically they were never "used" to begin with)

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PSU - OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002

Memory - 8 GB

HDD Storage - 1 terabyte 7200 rpm

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New Parts

CPU - Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_LGA_1155_Processor
189.99

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler with Four Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G1YPH0/?tag=pcpapi-20
$25.00

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card OC Version
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102999
$219.00

Case - NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower USB 3.0 Gaming Case - White
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006I2H04I/?tag=pcpapi-20
$99.99

Motherboard - P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single-product-results.aspx?sku=370593
74.99 with microcenter deal


TOTAL COST: $608.97

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Thanks to the magic of microcenter I think I'm getting a pretty good deal.
Let me know what you guys think!
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  1. Ok if i was you i would grab a 80+ psu like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 and then you got a good gaming computer
  2. Spend $5 more and get the EVO heatsink. A bit cooler.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005O65JXI/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

    Also, get the ASRock Extreme 4 isntead. The LX is the low-end Z77 board from ASUS, while the ASRock has more features and is the king of the $100-$140 price range.
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