Building a pc for 1000-1500$

Hi, I'm finally going to build my first gaming PC and would like to pay around 1000$ to 1500$ for it(staying as close to the 1000$ if possible!). I would like to play games such as BF3, farcry, etc.. And be able to play them in max settings, or at least close to max, with no lagg and a great FPS.

I don't know much about computer parts but I've look around and this seems to be an alright setup. Please tell me if I should upgrade or downgrade something. All these parts are compatible with each other? I also find the 400$ graphic card to be a bit expensive, anyone knows something a bit cheaper that would do the job with big games? This is what I found:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K (214$)

CPU Cooler:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ (36$)

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (190$)

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS2K4G3D1609ES2LX0 (40$)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (85$)

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (110$)

Video Card:
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (400$)

Power Supply:
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply (110$)

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM (22$)

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case (120$)

Total Cost: 1327$ (Not counting monitor, mouse and keyboard)
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  1. I would go with the 7970 over the 670. Comes with more free games and performs better.
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    Lots of suggestions from personal experience.

    This motherboard will get you almost the same exact performance and features for $110.

    Going low-ball on cpu cooling is never a good idea if you plan on overclocking. the xigmatek dark knight II rivals very high end coolers like the noctua nh-d14 in performance for only $50. It will probably allow you to max your cpu's speed if you stick to moderate overvolting. Also keeps stock settings much cooler.

    The ram is fine. I haven't been convinced about ssds yet compared to hard drives in raid0 but having a hard drive and an ssd can't hurt.

    If you stick with nvidia this is a much better GPU than the EVGA card. EVGA's cooling solutions are much worse.

    If you're going to spend over $100 on a power supply you should go with one of the new platinum rated power supplies. If you pay your power bills the more expensive ones become cheaper in the long run and the ones I've seen all have much better voltage regulation so your components will have better lifespans.
    This is probably what you want. Rosewill Fortress-750, $120

    Case is mostly personal design preference and I've never heard bad things about the phantom.

    Good luck!
  3. Thanks a lot, I made a few changes to my setup
  4. Best answer selected by jeremie4159.
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