This is my first gaming build, need your help!

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as I can get the best build assembled

Budget Range: from 1000 to 1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and word(lol)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com newegg.com,
Location: New York

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I have just moved to a new city and had to leave my old Mac at home, so I'm looking to build a nice gaming machine that can handle most games. I usually play Diablo 3 and WOW but if I were to build a nice machine I probably would want to start playing more intense stuff.

The Only things that I have already decided on are

CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
[url:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

GPU
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11197-01-40G
[url:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102982

If you guys could give me tips on what other compatible stuff to get with these things, or if you guys think these are not adequate for gaming please just let me know!
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  1. changing the 7970 a bit

    what i would get
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kkZ4

    if you are not getting another card for crossfire, id suggest getting this
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kkZx
  2. If you get the 7970 make sure to get the GHz edition - it's only a few bucks more and topples the GTX 680 in performance.
  3. Thanks! What exactly changes between the two cards? Would I be able to play anything at a high settage with this build?
  4. morker said:
    Thanks! What exactly changes between the two cards? Would I be able to play anything at a high settage with this build?


    You'll be able to max out everything with the higher resolutions with the GHz edition. Read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-review-benchmark,3232.html
  5. Ok Thanks, any other suggestions?
  6. Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1408.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  7. Does anybody have any other suggestions 'cause I would like to start ordering?
  8. morker said:
    Does anybody have any other suggestions 'cause I would like to start ordering?


    Actually I'd suggest this - it's way less expensive than my original build and includes a Windows license and a better case and PSU:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1306.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  9. I don't see the case you were talking about
  10. What about a wifi card?
  11. morker said:
    I don't see the case you were talking about


    No wonder it was cheaper. :lol:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1416.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Quote:
    What about a wifi card?


    Any generic USB wifi adapter will do. Rosewill makes a good one for $15 - it's a better build quality than the T Link is.
  12. what about liquid cooling?
  13. My biggest problem now is the monitor, I was undecided between these two:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JN9310/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005JN9310&linkCode=as2&tag=gamingsquid-20

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LXK8LI/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=gamingsquid-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B004LXK8LI

    Which should I get for basic gaming? I will be using this computer just for games and work (just Word and Excel). Does anyone have any other suggestions maybe?
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