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September 29, 2012 4:55:23 PM

I'm looking to build a new tower with a budget of $1200-1300. The primary purpose will be for gaming. I wasn't sure if sli in this price range is a viable option over a single card. I do plan on overclocking. I was debating on a Intel Core i5 ivy bridge over the i7. I haven't build a tower in ~4-5 years so I'm out of date on what current chip sets etc are better than others and so fourth. So I won't be hurt if you come up with a completely different list. Thanks for your time guys. I really appreciate it. :) 

The following will give you an idea of what I'm looking at:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x ...
EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC ...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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September 29, 2012 5:05:58 PM

much better rig. yours isnt even compatable

if you use the antec 302 case, you can save 50 bucks
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iRA9

-get the power supply today. its the last day for that promo code to be in effect. for a seasonic gold power supply, its a killer deal
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September 29, 2012 5:22:22 PM

+1 for the big troll
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September 29, 2012 5:36:44 PM

This is what i think you should get.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($67.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Performance ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($387.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ 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) ($90.81 @ Amazon)
Total: $1280.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Compared to your build it has more graphics power and will actually work(You should have used a X79 Motherboard with that CPU).
It has less ram which will NOT affect performance in a bad way.
It uses both a SSD and a HDD which gives you a lot more storage space.
It's much more overclockable due to the included water cooler.Also the included Sandy Bridge CPU superior both Sandy Bridge-E (non K) and Ivy Bridge once overclocked.

Now on to the cons.
A much smaller case which admittedly doesn't look as pretty.
Less RAM (5-10% worse performance in image editing applications such as photoshop)
Less Efficient, non modular power supply.

If you're willing to accept these cons then this PC will be a better choice for you compared to the PC you built and the one by BigFatTroll.
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September 29, 2012 7:05:35 PM

Everyone thanks for the quick replies. Is there a large difference in the GTX 670 and HD 7970 or are they about the same performance? I forgot to mention I don't need a OS figured in. I already have a few unused copies laying around at home. I have a 1TB drive already that I'll throw in for storage from another machine. With that extra ~150 would you change anything else?

Thanks again.

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September 29, 2012 7:26:10 PM

noxangelus_ said:
Everyone thanks for the quick replies. Is there a large difference in the GTX 670 and HD 7970 or are they about the same performance? I forgot to mention I don't need a OS figured in. I already have a few unused copies laying around at home. I have a 1TB drive already that I'll throw in for storage from another machine. With that extra ~150 would you change anything else?

Thanks again.

There isn't a huge difference between teh 670 and the 7970, but the 670 does a little better in most games in resolutions around 1920X1080. The 7970 edges ahead at really high res.
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September 30, 2012 12:48:38 AM

Best answer selected by noxangelus_.
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