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$1200-1400 gaming pc

Last response: in Systems
January 17, 2013 1:41:26 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: few weeks
Budget Range: $1200-1400 after everything, excluding monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, web browsing
Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: idc

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Missouri, United States

Parts Preferences: idc

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: n/a

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: i want to run games fast

Here's what i have so far:

More about : 1200 1400 gaming

a b 4 Gaming
a c 85 C Monitor
January 17, 2013 1:49:13 AM

Your build is pretty much dead on, just a few tweaks.

Get the GTX670, its $100 cheaper for 95% the performance of a 680. Can even overclock it past 680 performance.
Gigabyte GTX670. $400

Lower Profile RAM (so it wont conflict with heatsinks) of the same spec and price.

Get a 750W PSU, so that way you have the option of SLI/Crossfire later on (which is supported by the board).
XFX 750W, 80+ Gold Fully Modular. $140 ($20 rebate)

I advise you get Windows 8, but 7 Home Premium 64bit will also do.
a b 4 Gaming
a b C Monitor
January 17, 2013 2:19:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($292.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1164.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 23:17 EST-0500)

better case. powersupply, videocard for the money , the 7950 overclocks easily to 7970s level and can equalize and surpass a gtx 680 depending on how well its overclocked.

windows 7 is not new, and windows 8 is still in its infancy, i suggest win 7 64 over a new os.