New $700 Gaming PC, Help!

Looking for an upgrade as my current system is really old. 4-5 years to my knowledge.
Current Specs:
Mobo: Gigabyte p35-ud3h
GPU: EVGA GTX 260 (not core 216)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550
RAM: 4GB (Forgot the brand)

So I have a budget of about $700, more or less (not by much though)
Was thinking if anyone could help me build a really good computer for a really good price.
I prefer Intel/Nvidia , however AMD is fine too [EVGA, XFX, Sapphire, HIS]. Gigabyte for motherboard.

So I'm not looking for a full upgrade, as in everything including case.
Just looking for the 4 parts stated above [Mobo, GPU, CPU, RAM]

I was looking to get a 3770k, but Z77 mobos are really expensive which got me thinking about AM3+. Saw the FX 8350 which looked pretty good, however still unsure.
Any and all suggestions welcome.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($307.55 @ Newegg)
    Total: $662.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-30 04:56 EST-0500)
  2. This motherboard is cheaper mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  3. Would it be worth it to spend extra dollars on a 3770k instead?
    Also, what power supply would I need to get that 7950 running? I currently have 550W and 600W, not sure if those are enough.
  4. No it would not be worth it and for a Radeon HD 7950 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 500~550 Watt power supply unit. Source:,5.html
  5. Wow thank you so much, I might just go with this build.
    Also, since the Gigabyte 7950 is currently sold out on newegg, I started looking for others.
    Found a Sapphire one for a bit cheaper with rebate included. Is there any different between the two? Can't seem to see it if there is.
  6. No not really the difference is minor that one is fine.
  7. yeah, bigcyco1's buil is nice indeed. just make sure your PSU is up to it. And I don't just mean the wattage stated on the box. Is it a good unit (find some reviews)? 7950 can draw a lot of Watts so it's crucial that your PSU is rock solid. Good luck!
  8. Yeah I have a pretty old PSU. Going to upgrade to a CX600 from Corsair, should be enough.
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