New $1500 gaming rig

Hi guys just looking to build a pc for around 1500 or less. Been out of the game for sometime now and want it to be created for the best games and I would like it to be good for yrs to come. Can you recommend a build for me including each part starting with a sweet mid sized tower. Thank you in advance.
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  1. here you go

    will overclock and do crossfire. also, the motherboard comes with free ram so yeah
  2. Here you go, this turned out to be pretty much TheBigTroll's build but with some of my own suggestions.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($432.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: OCZ Z Series Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1264.60
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  3. the noctua u12p se2 cools way better than the hyper 212 and its a lot quieter. just putting it out there
  4. Quote:
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)

    I don't think 128GB is enough space. and there is room in the budget for more, a data drive could be added for $85, like

    or a much larger ssd drive for $270 more like
  5. I say go for the Noctua U12P for sure and at least a 256gb SSD. No reason why anyone at this budget should only have a 128gb.

    Could go for a 512gb, if that is enough and maybe put in a bit more for a nicer case.
  6. Actually you know what I didn't notice I didn't add a storage drive. Post edited. Thanks!

    128gb should be fine. He'll only install the OS and his FAVORITE games/programs, not everything.
  7. Thank you guys for all your input
    Core i5 2500K - $160
    Hyper 212 EVO - $30
    MSI Z77MA-G45 - $100
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9 - $40
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB - $70
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB - $170
    Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-675M - $60 after 30% promo code
    Fractal Design Arc Mini - $80
    SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $285
    LG DVD Burner GH24NS90 - $16

    total: $1011 after rebate excluding shipping..

    for a single monitor 1080p gaming you'll only need to splurge out around $1100 to make some decent playing time... i would go for larger ssd as 128gb ain't gonna cut it.. i don't think you'll ever need 2 cards to play at this resolution... i know some will say this psu is overkill for one card... but why bother when you can get more wattage for less.... unlike graphics card... you'll mostly change your psu after it's dead..
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