Need input on $800-$975 gaming pc build

Here's what I've got so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k2li

Approximate Purchase Date: around Christmas

Budget Range: $800-$975 after shipping and rebates

System Usage from Most to Least: Gaming, surfing the web, schoolwork

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Location: Easton, Pennsylvania

Parts Preferences: I want the nzxt phantom case, want a intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want to keep the nzxt phantom window, would like to play games like arma 2 smoothly
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  1. dont consider the phantom on a ~1200 dollar build. its all gone to waste

    get this instead
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k4Pi
  2. I just upgraded The BigTroll's build.
    Here you go

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $797.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  3. TheBigTroll said:
    dont consider the phantom on a ~1200 dollar build. its all gone to waste=

    I think you mean "don't consider the phantom on a < 1200 dollar build".

    My only criticism with the build is the micro atx mobo (no big deal, I just hate working with smaller than necessary mobos) and the lack of SSD. SSDs are crucial in anything over about $700.
  4. Kamen_BG said:
    I just upgraded The BigTroll's build.
    Here you go

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $797.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    i dont see how its a upgrade

    -the powercolor is not as good as the xfx
    -the 300 doesnt have usb3 while the one does
    -the hard drive yeah but not many people need that much storage
  5. The bigtroll's build is perfect for himand its right at $800 so can easily add in a Samsung 830 128gb SSD for ~$80 and still be under.
  6. TheBigTroll said:
    i dont see how its a upgrade

    -the powercolor is not as good as the xfx
    -the 300 doesnt have usb3 while the one does
    -the hard drive yeah but not many people need that much storage

    The powercolor is a good enough price that it doesn't matter. XFX isn't that good and powercolor cards perform just fine.
    The 300 Antec One is better though.
    hdd size is preference.
  7. not really. there is a 302 as well
    at least xfx warranty is good from what i experienced and heard about.
  8. ^much apologies, I meant to say the antec one is better and agree with you. Just got my names flipped.
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