Help with new build

Hi Guys!

I am looking to a build a new PC.
Where I am from the hardware is expensive and that is the reason for the prices below.

My main aim is to be able to game without any issues for about 4-5 years. I am looking to game with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080, I dont mind sticking to a 1280x720 in case I can find a better deal for a smaller budget. I want everything else to be turned up to their maximum.

My budget is preferably $900, but I can spend up to $1400 if required (I dont want to go that high if possible!)

What I have looked at currently,
Processor - Intel Core i5 3570k - $265
RAM - Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance 1600 Mhz CL9 - $68
SSD - Intel 330 Series 120 GB - $133
Hard Disk - WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200RPM OR Samsung 1 TB 7200rpm - $95
PSU - Cooler Master GX550W - $76
Case - Coolermaster Elite 430 - $45

As you may have noticed I am missing a motherboard and a graphics card and I need help with selecting them for my purposes.

Motherboards available,
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H - $148
Asus P8Z77-V - $265
Asus Maximus V Gene - $273
Asus Sabertooth Z77 - $318
Asus Maximus V Formula - $386

Graphic cards available,
Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB - $273
Asus Geforce GTX 660 2GB - $349
Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB - $424
Asus Geforce GTX 660Ti 2GB - $439
Asus Radeon HD7950 3GB - $439
Asus Geforce GTX 670 2GB - $545
Sapphire Radeon HD7970 3GB (Non OC) - $549

Which motherboard and graphic card should I go with for 1080p gaming with everything else maxed out? Should I change anything else? I will not be overclocking it, maybe a little bit but not too much.

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  1. I'd go for the first mobo you listed and a Sapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB. I'm not pretending to be a big expert on this but you might want to look for a little better case. And as for your PSU, I think 600W should make you feel safer (especially when you want to keep your system for 4-5 years).

    Please correct me if I'm wrong in my advice.
  2. @Littlebro: Thank you for your input, may I know why I should go with a better case?
  3. Do not get a cooler master PSU. they are low quality and you do not want it to take out your entire build the first time you plug it in. Buy from brands like Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
  4. Also, why is the ram $68 bucks? More and $40 for 2x4gb is a huge rip off
  5. @tiny voices: In that case I will look for one of the brands you listed.
    I guess the RAM is expensive because it is Corsair, I will have to get Kingston Hyper X from somewhere else.

    Any advice in regards to the motherboard and graphics card?

  6. Cheapest MOBO you can swing that still has the features you want. Intern, get the best GPU you can squeeze into your budget. Gaming is 90% GPU and 10% CPU. Use this formula and get the best possible GPU you can afford.
  7. I put in the payment to get down the following,
    Processor - Intel Core i5 3570k - $265
    Store tried to sell me the i5 2500k but I decided against it because IB is the newer technology.

    Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V - $265
    Store tried to sell me the Asus Maximus V Gene but it did not have 6 Gbps SATA ports and USB 3.0!

    Graphics - Asus Radeon HD7950 3GB - $439
    I could have gone for the Sapphire 7970 but it seems like the store was not going to bring them down anymore and were replacing them with Asus ROG 7970s, the price difference was about $246. That much of a price bump for the difference between these two cards made me stick with this card.

    RAM - Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) Vengeance 1600 Mhz CL9 - $68
    Couldnt find Kingston Hyper X or cheaper modules elsewhere so I had to go with this.

    SSD - Intel 330 Series 120 GB - $133
    Seems like the most cost effective solution, all other 120 GB SSDs cost more than this model. Some benchmarks shows that this SSD outperforms the Corsair Force GT which is more expensive!

    Hard Disk - Toshiba 1 TB 7200 RPM - $79
    Decided against the WD drives because of the green factor, I am going to be using the hard disk for everything else, including gaming so I went with this drive. Only the OS is going to be installed on the SSD.

    PSU - Corsair GS700 700W 80+ Bronze - $129
    Was aiming for a Corsair 600W but the store wasnt bringing them down anymore so I went with the 700W. I want to add another 7950 in the future and this would mean that I wouldnt have to upgrade my PSU. This power supply should help me run both the cards without an issue.

    Total - $1378

    Now I just need to decide on a casing. The following cases are available, which one would you suggest,

    Coolermaster Elite 430 - $45
    Silverstone RL-01 (with 2x120mm fans) - $72
    Coolermaster 690 II Plus - $91
    Coolermaster Storm Enforcer - $95
    Corsair Carbide-series 300R with Window - $110
    Corsair Obsidian-series 550D - $159

    I dont want to spend a ton on the case, but I am mainly looking for a case that has hard disk bays with tool-less assembly so I can easily swap hard disks, good cooling and one that allows for clean wiring. Which one out of these cases gives me all three and is cost effective? If the case you suggest needs extra fans, please let me know.

    In case I decide to overclock, would the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo ($38) be any good? I hear that you can overclock the processor up to 4.2 Ghz with this cooler without generating a lot of heat, is there any truth to this?

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