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First time building a gaming pc need advice

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January 20, 2013 9:54:45 PM

This is what I have come up with looking for a good gaming pc I would like to water cool in the future but won't be for at least 1-2 years looking at a budget of 2k to 2.5k closer to 2k preferred

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Extreme EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($369.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($138.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.33 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($401.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($299.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($161.86 @ Amazon)
Total: $2333.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 18:48 EST-0500)

Thank you in advance
January 21, 2013 10:00:39 AM

what is the purpose of your build? gaming (i5) or editing(i7)?

if gaming you could go for the i5-3570k and save some money to put into somewhere else.
mobo is really expensive. Why not just Asus maximus v formula? or somewhere around 250$ price

You could even get 750watt PSU to save some money

and the other thing, the Asus radeon card does not overclock very well, look into Gigabyte 7970 its a very good choice and has 3 fan cooler
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr797...

if you buy the i5 then you can maybe put in a noctua cooler
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhc14
January 21, 2013 6:29:49 PM

Ok took you suggestions and did this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($72.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($138.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.33 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($154.43 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($299.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($161.86 @ Amazon)
Total: $2283.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 15:25 EST-0500)

And to answer your question it's purely gaming and music computer

A few questions though

1. Is the i5 futureproof or will I have to buy a new CPU in the near future ?

2 is the 7970 gonna be better than say a gtx 680?
January 21, 2013 6:37:01 PM

Also I don't know much about SLI or crossfire so another question is I heard you can get better performance by running less expensive cards in sli/crossfire is that true? Would it be a better option?
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