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December 1, 2012 6:31:09 AM

Hello, I'm looking for advice on a first timer gaming pc build. I am moving and am leaving the customized HP Pavilion Notebook I currently use for gaming to my mom so I wanted to take this opportunity to get a good gaming desktop. Even though when it comes to computers hardware is definitely something I am lacking knowledge in, and I am kind of nervous about building a pc, for the price of my laptop I know I could get way better performance with a homebuilt desktop so naturally I don't want to waste more money.

Approximate Purchase Date: December, sooner the better

Budget Range: $1500-$2000 after rebates and before shipping, kind of large range - of course I would prefer something on the lower end but for quality I am willing to spend more - actually even if the build exceeds $2000 if it's for quality, fits my needs, and isn't overkill I'd like to hear it as well

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming at max settings while recording footage (for any and all types of games - rts, rpg, fps, casual, mmo, etc.), video editing, making and storing large image files (animations and drawings), surfing, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, and monitor but suggestions for a good companions to the build would be nice, they just don't need to fit the budget. Also I currently use Windows 7 Home Premium and like it so far, but would you guys recommend upgrading to Windows 8?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, basically any hassle free US shipping sites

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: maybe, for this sort of stuff I haven't thought much on and also have very little knowledge about

SLI or Crossfire: maybe, same as above

Monitor Resolution: currently I use 1920x1080 so either that or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I tend to have an issue with my systems and overheating, so a desktop that can keep cool would be nice. My family really likes computers so between my parents and I we tend to get a new desktop or laptop every year so while this build doesn't have to last a long time I would prefer that it could at least be functional and keep up with new game releases for the next few years.

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December 1, 2012 10:52:48 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman ZM-CNPS14X ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB MZ-7PC256D/AM ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" ST1000DM003 ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD ($359.99 @ Amazon)
Case: SilverStone SST-FT02B-USB3.0 ($280.51 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-750 ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1522.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 07:09 EST-0500)

I don't think you need more than 8GB, but if you do then you could add it now or easily add it later if you decide to try 8GB first.
If you can find another case you like better then feel free to change that part as long as it fits the other parts fine.
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December 1, 2012 11:47:28 AM

Silvune said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman ZM-CNPS14X ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB MZ-7PC256D/AM ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" ST1000DM003 ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD ($359.99 @ Amazon)
Case: SilverStone SST-FT02B-USB3.0 ($280.51 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-750 ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1522.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 07:09 EST-0500)

I don't think you need more than 8GB, but if you do then you could add it now or easily add it later if you decide to try 8GB first.
If you can find another case you like better then feel free to change that part as long as it fits the other parts fine.


Hey thanks for the reply! Sorry for what I am sure are very simple questions but I was wondering for the video card what is the difference between the one you recommended, Gigabyte, and say this one, EVGA, that I saw while browsing around and saw they were near identical in specs- for this sort of thing is it just difference in brand/prices?

Also for cases my friend recommended the brands NZXT and Cooler Master are these cases actually better for airflow and management or is it more for the hype and design?
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December 1, 2012 11:58:11 AM

Silvune said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman ZM-CNPS14X ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB MZ-7PC256D/AM ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" ST1000DM003 ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD ($359.99 @ Amazon)
Case: SilverStone SST-FT02B-USB3.0 ($280.51 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-750 ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1522.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 07:09 EST-0500)

I don't think you need more than 8GB, but if you do then you could add it now or easily add it later if you decide to try 8GB first.
If you can find another case you like better then feel free to change that part as long as it fits the other parts fine.



Shouldn't the HDD be WD Caviar Black? Most gamers recommend the Caviar Black HDD for gamers.

For casing, I'd like to recommend the CM Storm Trooper (since your friend encouraged you to take Cooler Master). Not a pro on this, but I'm planning to get that case for my build.
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December 1, 2012 12:03:08 PM

This is the build I'm planning to get soon

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qp5A
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qp5A/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qp5A/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($86.70 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($96.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($139.91 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VK278Q 27.0" Monitor ($318.95 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus VK278Q 27.0" Monitor ($318.95 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus VG278H 120Hz 27.0" Monitor ($563.00 @ B&H)
Keyboard: ROCCAT ISKU Wired Gaming Keyboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: ROCCAT Kone[+] Wired Laser Mouse ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $3143.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 09:03 EST-0500)

Just remove the parts that you already have. :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 1, 2012 1:02:26 PM

Here my suggestion.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($509.47 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($185.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1977.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 10:01 EST-0500)
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December 1, 2012 1:25:25 PM

Here a cheaper build that still kick ass !

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($188.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1790.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 10:24 EST-0500)
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December 1, 2012 1:32:51 PM

I'd like to offer a cheaper alternative that'll not pale in comparison to what others have posted. This is done on the grounds that most likely your answers of maybe will be NO in reality.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $946.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 10:31 EST-0500)

So, less money on expensive mobo, CPU and cooler. Less money on fancy cases that don't affect performance.
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December 1, 2012 1:40:27 PM

FinneousPJ said:
I'd like to offer a cheaper alternative that'll not pale in comparison to what others have posted. This is done on the grounds that most likely your answers of maybe will be NO in reality.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $946.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-01 10:31 EST-0500)

So, less money on expensive mobo, CPU and cooler. Less money on fancy cases that don't affect performance.

+1 it's a good budget build would i buy it no but that does not matter because it will certainly play all of today games with ease and saves you quite a bit more then any of us did. :) 
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December 1, 2012 6:21:54 PM

dollings said:
Hey thanks for the reply! Sorry for what I am sure are very simple questions but I was wondering for the video card what is the difference between the one you recommended, Gigabyte, and say this one, EVGA, that I saw while browsing around and saw they were near identical in specs- for this sort of thing is it just difference in brand/prices?

Also for cases my friend recommended the brands NZXT and Cooler Master are these cases actually better for airflow and management or is it more for the hype and design?

The other obvious difference between these two cards is the cooling system. The Gigabyte has three 80mm fans, which exhaust the heat into the case, which isn't/shouldn't be an issue if the case is well ventilated. The advantages are that the fans don't have to spin as fast, and the GPU temps will be lower.
The EVGA card you linked uses the reference cooler, which exhausts all heat outside the case, but potentially spins faster and can't always match the temps of a non-reference cooler.

Either of those cases will easily fit the component's I've suggested, so if you like them more then there's no reason not to get them. Mostly I would say they are different to the SilverStone FT02, maybe the traditional ATX tower design ala NZXT Phantom, CM HAF 932 Advanced, CM Storm Trooper, etc is more suitable for some people/system components.

puikim said:
Shouldn't the HDD be WD Caviar Black? Most gamers recommend the Caviar Black HDD for gamers.

I dislike the Caviar Black 1TB drives because according to the reviews I've seen they are hotter, louder, more expensive and aren't much, if at all, faster than competiting drives from Samsung/Seagate. The only good reason that I'm aware of to buy Caviar Blacks is the long warranty.
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December 14, 2012 11:20:52 PM

Hey thanks for all the replies and suggestions guys! Sorry for not replying in awhile I've started moving so things have been hectic. Anyways I took a look at all the parts and also did some research on my own. My dad is going to help me build the PC and he really wants to use windows 8 since he likes to always try the latest so my issue is that I can't seem to find a good optical drive that is compatible, suggestions anyone? Also if someone could double check if all my other parts work together too that'd be great. Thanks!

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 ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($48.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($143.99 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1370.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-14 20:19 EST-0500)
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December 15, 2012 2:46:28 PM

Ok so I guess from what I discussed on another thread the optical drive shouldn't matter with the os?? So here is my updated build with my original selected drive, we love to hear some feedback.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($48.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($55.73 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Mouse / Feenix Nascita ($97.00)
Total: $1551.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-15 11:45 EST-0500)
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December 15, 2012 3:07:11 PM

I'd change the CPU cooler to Hyper EVO or Xigmatek Gaia. Also the mobo to the Extreme4. And the GPU to the similarly priced but more powerful HD7970.
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December 15, 2012 4:57:01 PM

FinneousPJ said:
I'd change the CPU cooler to Hyper EVO or Xigmatek Gaia. Also the mobo to the Extreme4. And the GPU to the similarly priced but more powerful HD7970.


Hi! Thanks for the suggestions! I took your advice on the cooler and switched to the Hyper Evo. I figured I'd stick to the Extreme6 since the price difference is only like $25, and I'm under budget anyways so why not have some extra things for future proof, also since this is my first build I think a normal size mobo would probably be easiest to work with.

About gpu, I am unsure since I have read so many comparisons and in the end it always seems to come down to personal preference or game type. If I go with HD7970 which card would you suggest? I've been looking at the Sapphire, Gigabyte, and Asus ones. Also would going with dual cards improve the performance significantly?

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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($48.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($55.73 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Mouse / Feenix Nascita ($97.00)
Total: $1544.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-15 13:55 EST-0500)
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December 15, 2012 5:11:00 PM

FinneousPJ said:
I'd go with this 7970 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yeah, dual cards do improve performance significantly but a 7970 is already more than enough for modern games :lol: 


Sounds good, one card it is then - is there a huge difference between the hd 7970 and hd 7970 ghz? I realized I was looking at only the ghz ones.
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December 15, 2012 5:17:44 PM

Not worth the price difference IMO.
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December 16, 2012 7:10:33 PM

Since the Sapphire ghz ends up being only $10 more than the Gigabyte 7970 that you suggested I ended up deciding just to run with that one, here's the final build. I'll buy today unless there are anymore suggestions.

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 ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($48.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($55.73 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Mouse / Feenix Nascita ($97.00)
Total: $1604.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 16:10 EST-0500)
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January 25, 2013 5:54:31 AM

Best answer selected by dollings.
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