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Are these parts good for a $1000 gaming rig?

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October 31, 2012 2:12:45 AM

Hello,
I've been working on a new build and I'm looking for suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: in a few weeks

Budget Range: around $1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, storage

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com and amazon.com

Location: America

Parts Preferences: Intel, AMD

Overclocking: A little on the CPU and GPU

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: When looking for parts I'd like the rating to be a least 4 out of 5 stars. I'm very unsure about a good motherboard and this is probably the area I need the most help on. I've selected two PSUs and am not sure if the more expensive one is worth it (puts me a bit over budget). Will I need different coolers for small amounts of overclocking on the CPU? Is the GPU a good match, performance wise, for the CPU I selected (don't want a bottleneck)

Parts List:

case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

optical drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

sata cable:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Pro...
ie=UTF8&qid=1351650109&sr=8-1&keywords=i5-3570k

ssd: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu: SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for any help you can provide!
October 31, 2012 2:20:54 AM

First off, no gpu is going to be bottlenecked by that cpu right now, in all honesty it's pretty hard to get a cpu bottleneck.
Also if you don't want to crossfire I would get this motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
if you do I would get this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't see any real reason to get the more expensive pc.
Also, why are you buying that extra sata cable? your motherboard will come with them.
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October 31, 2012 2:23:38 AM

skip the sata cable. theres some in the box

get this instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lZlw

way better case. i mean miles ahead
-the price difference between a 7870 and a 7950 isnt worth a hundred dollars when the performance difference is around 10-15%. you can easily gain that by overclocking
-overclocking the CPU in my case didnt give me much performance boost but its fun
-good choice on power supplies but mine is cheaper and is made by seasonic
-get a extreme4 and windows 7 to save 15 bucks at newegg
- i got some amazing ram for you. it looks slow, but read the comments on newegg and see how far these sticks can overclock
-SSD is cheaper elsewhere
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October 31, 2012 2:59:03 AM

It_dan_zsu, that motherboard has all the thing I'd need; however there are a lot of DOA reviews. I'll look into it though.
Also, I was going to get an extra sata cable because all the motherboards I've ever bought only come with two. I need one for my optical drive, one for my ssd, and one for my hdd.
TheBigTroll, the cheaper SSD is currently out of stock, otherwise would be good.
I was planning on oc the 7950 to about the performance of a gtx 670. I'm not sure if the 7870 can do that. Also the 7950 has 3gb of video memory which might be helpful in the future.
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October 31, 2012 3:00:57 AM

The 7950 doesn't have huge payout now, but it will probably help in the future.
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October 31, 2012 10:50:35 AM

well here is the ssd
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...

the 7950 and the 670 are decently close. but needs some overclocking

its not like a 7870 wont play games at ultra easily. i have a gtx 670. the only thing that you can do with a 670 and not on a 7870 is probably that a 670 can put out more frames. otherwise they should be both capable of almost maxing out games.

depends on the game really. but think of price to performance.


or just go full out and spring for a msi gtx 670 power edition.
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October 31, 2012 1:32:11 PM

Alright sounds good! Thanks for your help.
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