Advice on video card for gaming build.

Hi guys !

I wanna build my first gaming PC and considering I want to keep it for about 4 years. I want to spend max 1600$ including my monitor.
That is what I have for the moment :

I'm looking for advices on which video card to choose (gaming pc) if I have those components (see link). I also want your opinion on the mobo and cpu cooler I choosed (feel free to suggest something).

++ Considering it is my first build, should I run windows 7 instead ? ++
Thank you very much !

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  1. +1 on the motherboard selection. As for the CPU cooler, the Cooler Master V6 or V8 are top at that price range. For a GPU, with $600 you can't beat a very nice edition of the 7970.
  2. Also go Windows 7 to avoid incompatibility issues, and the fact that 8 is really just Xbox LIVE on a PC lol. And just keep a build for 4 years? Why? Maybe you want it to perform well for 4 years? If so, this might even outlast that. Who knows with the rate at which games are advancing. And technically, this build will NEVER expire. Just keep upgrading. That CPU will last you indefinitely. For the case go with a Corsair. You cannot beat it for the price. Try their 400R around the same price. If you have the extra room in your budget though, go with a 600T.
  3. Thanks for the advices, really apreciated ! Thats what I tought with windows 8 ! Which 7970 would you suggest ?
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    I've changed a couple of things to better. Have included 850w PSU to allow for future addition of 2nd graphics card in crossfire. If you don't need that capability, just use PC Power&Cooling Silencer MKlll 600w, or Antec HCG 620w, instead.
    Left out sound card, doubt you'll need it. Something can be added later, if you find you do. Stick with Windows 7.
    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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ B&H)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($409.66 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $1467.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-09 18:46 EST-0500)

    The price for processor, only available as a walk-in at Microcentre. If you don't have access you will pay about $50 more elsewhere.
  5. djudes said:
    Thanks for the advices, really apreciated ! Thats what I tought with windows 8 ! Which 7970 would you suggest ?

    I personally like XFX cards when it comes to AMD/ATI. They have an included lifetime warranty and they have a superb cooling system.
  6. Thankyou so much guys !!

    for the monitor does 2ms or 5ms really changes something ?
    and for the RAM isnt 4x4 better than 2x8 ? (for gaming)
  7. Well a RAM comparison of 4x4 to 2x8 is really not too much of a difference. 16GB isn't needed for gaming anyway, 8GB is enough. Most games barely reach 2GB RAM usage. And for the delay on the monitor, if you have the money, go 2ms. If you get 5ms you could possibly see ghosting if your frame rate is too high.
  8. ok thank you ! Do I need to install extra fans to be sure I have enough air flow ?
  9. djudes said:
    ok thank you ! Do I need to install extra fans to be sure I have enough air flow ?

    On that case you should be fine with airflow. Maybe a top fan. It has 2 120s in the front for intake, as well as a 200mm side fan. You couldn't ask for better airflow for the price.
  10. 5ms isn't a problem. Yes 2ms is better, but that 5ms is an IPS panel. Be paying some serious money to get picture quality, at lower than 5ms.
  11. Best answer selected by djudes.
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