How does this look? ~$1200 budget

I'm going to using this machine mainly for gaming, schoolwork, and a bit of web dev/design work (Photoshop/Illustrator). My budget is around $1200 (I'm good for OS/peripherals). I'm planning on playing at 1080p; do you think this build will be able to max everything out there right now? Also, I live in Canada.

I'd like to build a Hackintosh, so would prefer to stick with Intel parts.. I'm not planning on overclocking, although the option to do so in the future would be nice. Here's what I have so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $1102.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-12 20:58 EST-0500)

Do you think it'll be quiet? What about temperature; should I be getting a cooler?

Thank you!
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  1. sandisk makes good stuff. still faster than crucial by a good bit from my testing

    oh and back to your build.

    -the prodigy is no where near small. get a micro case and it would be about the same size
    -id rather get a 7950. and if i was to get a 670, it would almost never be evga. stock coolers are no good
    -not quiet at all as well
    -if you are not overclocking, makes zero sense to get a k chip

    get this

    CPU. its a e3 1230 v2 = i7 3770 underclocked a little. you get i7 performance but for 50 bucks cheaper

    or just this combo and call it a day
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=77760&vpn=P8H77%2DV%20%26%203450&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals&promoid=1230

    ram
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=73133&vpn=F3%2D12800CL10D%2D16GBXL&manufacture=G.Skill&promoid=1230

    the rest
    http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/nw48

    price match the case at ncix to save yourself from neweggs ridiculous shipping rates
  2. get a 7970 instead of a 670
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
    it is more, but you get the performance of a 680 for that price
    also make sure that case can fit a full gpu, it looks like it can though
    Also, I think you should just put windows on it, If you are going to game windows is the best os at this time.
  3. Hyper 212 Evo works great if you're overclocking. Just did a quick overclock to 4.4GHz in push/pull. Also, get an Asus GTX 670 DirectCUII TOP. It's a beast and destroys a 7950, and in some cases a 7970 in games.
  4. Hey guys,

    TheBigTroll said:
    sandisk makes good stuff. still faster than crucial by a good bit from my testing

    oh and back to your build.

    -the prodigy is no where near small. get a micro case and it would be about the same size
    -id rather get a 7950. and if i was to get a 670, it would almost never be evga. stock coolers are no good
    -not quiet at all as well
    -if you are not overclocking, makes zero sense to get a k chip

    get this

    CPU. its a e3 1230 v2 = i7 3770 underclocked a little. you get i7 performance but for 50 bucks cheaper

    or just this combo and call it a day
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=77760&vpn=P8H77%2DV%20%26%203450&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals&promoid=1230

    ram
    http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=73133&vpn=F3%2D12800CL10D%2D16GBXL&manufacture=G.Skill&promoid=1230

    the rest
    http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/nw48

    price match the case at ncix to save yourself from neweggs ridiculous shipping rates

    I agree with sticking with Sandisk; from what I've read the Extreme drive's performance is a little better, although the reliability isn't as high (probably just because they haven't been around as long).

    -The size of the case isn't a huge deal to me. I know that everything will fit as I saw a post with somebody else using a lot of the same parts. Plus I like the having the handles in case I ever want to hook it up to the TV downstairs.
    -Good idea. I had read about the 7970, but thought I'd stick with the Intel option just because they have better Hackintosh support. But now that I think about it, I'm not even going to be using the GPU in OS X.
    -Do you have any suggestions to help make it quieter?
    -I'll look into the CPU you linked. Thanks.

    Anonymous said:
    get a 7970 instead of a 670
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
    it is more, but you get the performance of a 680 for that price
    also make sure that case can fit a full gpu, it looks like it can though
    Also, I think you should just put windows on it, If you are going to game windows is the best os at this time.

    I forgot to mention that I'm planning on dual-booting Windows. Only reason I'd like the ability to use OS X is that there's some exclusive software I'd like to use.
  5. mclovits said:
    Hyper 212 Evo works great if you're overclocking. Just did a quick overclock to 4.4GHz in push/pull. Also, get an Asus GTX 670 DirectCUII TOP. It's a beast and destroys a 7950, and in some cases a 7970 in games.

    Thank you; I'm definitely going to look into these!
  6. I think for your budget the 7970 is the best option.
  7. 7970 is your best option. it works better with OS X and Linux due to the fact that apple uses quite a few amd GPUs and nvidia doesnt have as much support for linux
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