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$1000 Gaming Build - Need Advice

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January 2, 2013 1:35:58 AM

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($45.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1187.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-01 22:42 EST-0500)

Just want to make sure this build looks good. Probably will save a few dollars going with the combo deal on the processor and the motherboard at microcenter. Uses will be composed primarily of gaming (FPS, MMOs) as well as some music production. Price range is not set, just want to make sure I make a good investment in my components. I've already purchased a keyboard, mouse and will be using a 1080p monitor.

Just a few questions:
1. The GPU I want is the sapphire 7970 Vapor X for $440 (I plan on upgrading the monitor in the future). Is this the best single GPU I could get excluding the 690 and 7990 cards? Like I said, price is not a real issue but I wouldn't be able to let myself spend 600+ on a card.

2. I'm still deciding on the case. I like a simple design. Leds and a window are preferred but not crucial. I'd rather have good airflow, cable management as well as have a sturdy case. Any recommendations under $150? The lower the better.
January 2, 2013 3:44:42 AM

Better hdd as main is recommended, either ssd or 10,000 rpm to improve performance.
Simple case would be cooler master haf xm, it's full twer design is better. ur vid card is huge.
I think ax750 corsair psu has better warranty. Same price, same item different name
January 2, 2013 7:07:30 AM

spend less on the ram, go for a 8GB 1600 kit
like one of these
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-memory-996995
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-memory-mv3v4g3dus

i would most likely go with the samsung ones because they can overclock like a beast(if you are not into that kind of stuff just go for the first one and save some)

PS:going over 1.5V or over 1600 speed will void intel's warranty

this would be an example for a build that i would do for you
i5 3570k+asrock extreme4(can also get crucial ballistics 8GB kit at microcenter)
Roughly $330

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.66 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $943.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-02 04:05 EST-0500)

went a bit over but i really wanted to add inside an SSD at the price of your build. It will help a lot in the responsiveness to your system.

if you plan on CFX the 7970GHz and overclocking them, you will want to look at 850W PSU instead of the 750Ws. the XFX 850W i put inside is made by seasonic so you can expect it to be high quality.
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