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

CPU- Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K

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

SSD- SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC128B/WW

HD- Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM- Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX

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. Sorry, I posted this in the wrong forum. I reposted it in New Build.
  2. A few PSU options:
    1. Seasonic S12II-520: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094 <--Top notch PSU and worth the money
    2. Antec Neo Eco 520W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030 Based on S12II-520 and a great PSU at a great price.
    3. Rosewill Hive 550W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182131 <--20% discount code
    4. Enermax NAXN82+: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194095
    5. Corsair Builder CX500: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027 The least expensive PSU after a MIR but still decent quality from a great company.
  3. Buy the 7950, its the best value, and a beast OC'er
  4. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  5. ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard - that'll save you a bit of cash to put towards CPU/GPU :) ive heard great things of this board.
  6. Thanks for all the help everyone! My finger is on the purchase button but I would like just one more review of my build. I decided on the 7870 because the 7970 really didn't seem like such an upgrade. What about my case? Is it a good pick? Please let me know I will probably be buying this build on Thursday or Friday. Also on my wireless card, will i be noticing the difference between 150 Mbps and 300 Mbps?

    Kinkajou42's Build
  7. Looks nice.
    About the wireless, with your internet connection it doesn't really matter if your connection itself is 25-30Mbps.
    The difference is usually more pronounced if you're streaming from a NAS.
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