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September 6, 2012 2:40:26 AM

I'm trying to create an all-new medium-level gaming machine that is future-safe and has room to grow. Budget now is around 1K. Please see build below, let me know if it will work and offer suggestions. I could also use some suggestions for a wireless card.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($247.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1068.93

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September 6, 2012 2:44:40 AM

Yep, it will work. Just so you know this is better than a medium level gaming system. This will max out any game, there are only 6 or 7 gpu's out there that are stronger than this. I would say the first mid range gpu is a 7770.
September 6, 2012 3:01:58 AM

Yeah I kind of thought so too. Any specific recommendations for gpus more in the medium range?
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September 6, 2012 3:08:01 AM

What is your monitor resolution and what games will you be playing? Your build is good for your budget and the 7870 is a great card that will play most games on the highest settings at 1080p. Don't drop to a 7770, you will be disappointed with the performance, a 7850 can be bought for around the $200 mark and would be the minimum you should aim for.
September 6, 2012 3:22:03 AM

I guess you could go for a 7850 but I still consider that high end and will still max out most games. The 7770 is a good card and from what I have read performs well. But I say if you can get why not just go with a 7870. I plan on getting one soon and I fell like it is one of the best valued GPU's on the market right now. It is stronger than a 660ti but is $40 cheaper than it in general.
September 6, 2012 3:50:09 AM $54.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Computer Case (RC-912-KKN1) $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified Modular ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA $199.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $236.98 save: $11.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM $33.49 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $341.98 save: $18.00 - $15.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Edition 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PVI316G160C9K $64.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX $89.95 + $0.00 shipping
SanDisk 128 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SDSSDP-128G- G25)

Total: $1,108.36 *not including shipping & rebates
September 6, 2012 3:58:24 AM

Either drop the SSD or switch out this card and RAM for that 7870 up above. Personally I would drop the hard drive and keep the SSD. That way when you guy a hard drive later on you don't have to reload Windows.

The total with the switch out would be $1,027.36 *not including rebates. $219.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $204.99
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr OC AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMiniDisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7850 TWIN FROZR 2GD5/OC $40.99 FREE SHIPPING
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00