Looking to build my first gaming rig, could use some help

Hello everyone,

I'm new to TH and I came here on a recommendation from a friend who used this thread to help him build a rig recently. I am an avid gamer who has decided it is time to get a gaming PC. Please feel free to pick this apart and tell me I am stupid for picking one thing over another. I just want the best bang for my buck, also should i be going with the 7870 or the 7970 GFX chip they seem really similar.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the month. (I am waiting for a paycheck)
Budget Range: $800-$1000

System Usage:Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Do you need to buy OS: Yes: but I am looking for a cheap copy since I am a student.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon since I have prime, Newegg, Tigerdirect.

Location: New York, New York, USA
Parts Preferences: I want an Intel CPU but besides that anything goes.
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,

Additional Comments: I am trying to stay under $1000 if at all possible, but I still want to have a relatively powerful rig. Also I need help with selecting a power supply and a case, as well as a wireless card.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have a 4 year old Macbook that can't game for the life of it, and I am sick of it.

MOBO- MSI Z77MA-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130647

CPU- Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

GFX Card- ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort GPU Tweak Utilities PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card HD7870-DC2-2GD5
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

SSD- SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B [...] PDKIKX0DER

HD- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148697

RAM- Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820104173

PSU- No idea, please help.

Case- No idea, but it does not need to be pretty, just functional and cheap.
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  1. this would do the job for you then


    windows should be cheap if the school you go to has them.
  2. Thank you for the help, but can you explain why you decided on that MoBo?
  3. because it is cheap, great, and has all the basic features to get you going
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