Help with a $1300-$1500 gaming PC

Hello, i want to build a gaming pc but its my first time doing it so i could use some advice to build a good sytem that fits my needs.
Thanks.

Approximate Purchase Date: December

Budget Range: $1300-$1500 dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphic design, Surfing the web, etc.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Country: Mexico

Parts Preferences: i would like an Intel based system.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: i would like a nice stylized case that fits in the price range of course.
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  1. I've slightly modified my $1000 build (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kjxz) for your budget :
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lG1P
    I think the C70 case looks good but it's your choice. You will be able to OC the 7970 at least 12.5%, these Sapphire cards are very good for oc.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ 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 ($413.78 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $1167.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If graphics design is your job/profession, get an i7 instead and a GTX670 for CUDA.
  3. ** Build 4: Yay overkill!
    Note: This build assumes you will overclock the CPU. If you will not, replace CPU with i5-3330, and don't buy the CPU cooler. Motherboard can be kept if you NEED SLi/CrossFireX. Otherwise, get a B75 motherboard.

    Note: Many motherboards only come with 2 SATA cables, and some SSDs do not come withi an extra SATA cable. Check the motherboard and SSD content details, and ensure you have enough SATA cables.

    Example build assumes you will overclock.

    CPU: i5-3570k
    CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+, or EVO, or above if wanted
    Motherboard: Any of the recommended Z77 motherboards
    RAM: Any 2 x 4GB RAM while keeping my notes (DDR3-1600, 1.5v)
    Graphics: Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
    Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W or above if wanted
    SSD: Any of the 256GB (or bigger) performance-based SSDs
    Hard Drive: 1TB or above if wanted
    DVD Drive: Cheap DVD Burner
    Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer or above

    Example Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lg0z

    Estimated cost: ~$1285 ~ +++
    Estimated FPS: Do we really need to say this?
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ** Build 3: Give me a pretty good system just under 1k

    Note: If you want the capacity to run SLi / CrossFireX with the Intel i5 CPU, you will have to upgrade the motherboard to one of the recommended Z77 motherboards.

    Note: Many motherboards only come with 2 SATA cables, and some SSDs do not come with an extra SATA cable. Check the motherboard and SSD content details, and ensure you have enough SATA cables.

    CPU: (Intel) i5-3330 / i5-3450 / i5-3470 (Get cheapest one) / (AMD) AMD FX-8320
    CPU Cooler: (AMD) CoolerMaster Hyper 212+, or EVO, or above if wanted
    Motherboard: (Intel) Any B75 motherboard / (AMD) Any 990FX motherboard
    RAM: Any 2 x 4GB RAM while keeping my notes (DDR3-1600, 1.5v)
    Graphics: Radeon HD 7870 2GB
    Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W or other similar power supplies
    SSD: Any of the 120/128GB performance-based SSDs
    Hard Drive: 1TB or above if wanted
    DVD Drive: Cheap DVD burner
    Case: CoolerMaster Storm Enforcer or similar mid-tower case with at least 2 fans

    (Intel) Example Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ikTQ
    (AMD) Example Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lfZO

    Estimated cost: (Intel) ~$875 ~ +++ / (AMD) ~$965 ~ +++
    Estimated FPS in WoW: ~55+
  4. angaddev said:
    I've slightly modified my $1000 build (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kjxz) for your budget :
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lG1P
    I think the C70 case looks good but it's your choice. You will be able to OC the 7970 at least 12.5%, these Sapphire cards are very good for oc.


    btw they made a review on the c70 and they said that it has restricted airflow, so it is pretty much a hot box.

    go for a 500R, HAF XM, or Fractal design define
  5. here you go my good man

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
    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 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 600T White Graphite ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $1229.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    i did not include the Ram since newegg gives it for free, if you can order from america that would be ideal, also you have the date as December and that is about a month away, prices may change
  6. Case : NZXT Phantom 410 White Steel Mid Tower Case. ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146087

    Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155. ($149.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544&name=Intel-Motherboards

    CPU : Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo). ($229.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504&name=Processors-Desktops

    GPU : GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($359.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

    RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 . ($41.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

    PSU : XFX PRO 850W XXX Edition 80 Plus Silver Certified. ($119.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207017

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache. ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148845

    SSD : OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SATA III. ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

    CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER V6 GT DynaLoop CPU Cooler Universal bracket & Dual Fan. ($49.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103089&name=CPU-Fans-Heatsinks

    Optical : SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R ($17.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256

    TOTAL = $1270.

    Good Luck :)
  7. Thanks to all of you guys, really helpful, now i just have to make up my mind on what recomendation i must go with. Again, thanks.
  8. you are welcome buddy
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