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$1000 Gaming upgrade - Your advice appreciated!

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October 3, 2012 1:34:40 PM

Hello! Been building since late 90's, but got out of it about 5 years ago and everything seems so new and fresh! I know how finicky mid to high end parts can be and I'd like your input to make sure I get the most out of my purchase. I humbly seek this board's advice. :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of this month

Budget Range: $1000 - $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, essentially just WoW but would like the option to branch out; Streaming HD movies, song library management.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU/HSF, Mobo, RAM, GPU, PSU

Do you need to buy OS: No, have retail W7 x64
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, using 12-month financing deal

Location: McAllen, TX

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, no preference for other components

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 dual monitors

Additional Comments: Prefer quiet... have lian li case with no windows, no preference for anything else, not even power saving.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Habitual upgrading every 3 or 4 years, currently using wolfdale e8500 and Radeon 5850

Have selected the following:

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX)

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W

CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMT8GX3M2A1866C9

ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise CPU Cooler

Thank you very much! Any input is greatly appreciated!!

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October 3, 2012 1:43:31 PM

Dominator RAM is unnecessary. The most it will give you is some design features pver the Vengeance series. Same goes with 1866Mhz, you wont notice a difference between it and 1600Mhz. Go with Corsair Vengeance Low Profile dual channel 1600Mhz ram.

Unless you really want that PSU, there are cheaper alternatives available. Some are; Seasonic S12II/M12II, Corsair TX, XFX XXX, PC&P MKIII, possibly some Enermaxx PSUs out there but I wouldnt really recommend them.

Get the MSI Power Editon 670. Better cooler, over volting for OCing, and dust removal on start-up.

Ditch the i5 3570K and the Z77 mobo since you arent OCing. Get the i5 3470 instead and an H77 mobo that will support SLI if you want it. (I think the mobo you are looking for is in the Asus P8H77 series, I just forget the model lol.)
October 3, 2012 1:50:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1312.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I included the z77 because it supports faster RAM than the H77.
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October 3, 2012 2:25:58 PM

Thanks for quick replies! I actually have a corsair 650 sli certified pus I could use. Is than enough wattage? Ddint realize I could go sli right off the bat and stay in budget
October 3, 2012 3:01:43 PM

egonomic said:
I have this PSU already.

Corsair Enthusiast CMPSU-650TX

Looking at the specs I don't think I need to upgrade it... modular isn't that big of a deal to me since I don't have windows on my case.

The sad aspect of this PSU is that you only have 2 x 6+2-Pin PCI-E.
This means you can only use a single GTX 670 since this card uses 2x PCI-E by itself.
October 3, 2012 3:05:17 PM

Ah ha! Hadn't noticed that, thank you!