$2000 Gaming Build

Hello community, I am looking into building my next stationary gaming computer. I have a $2000 budget I can spend and I need help and suggestions on what I should get.

Here's my current Ideal setup.

i7 3770k or 3550k (is it big difference)?
Asus sabertooth z77 mother board
Ripjaw 1866 16gb ram
1000w Rosewill power supply

And here are my questions.

Currently I already have NZXT phamtom full tower case, Should I change the case for a better airflow? I am planning to Sli/Crossfire my GPU later. If yes which one? I am looking into one with side panel if possible. Also i am considering Rosewill blackhawk full tower, even though it doesn't have side panel it seems to have great airflow.

Here is my second question, if i don't have to change the case, will H100i water cooling be able to fit my phantom case? Is there any other water cooling system within or below $100 that is better than 100i? I am planning to OC my CPU to at least 4.0 and at max 4.5. I am doing water cooling mainly to keep my rig looks clean.

Here is the last question, which GPU should i buy? 6702gb vs 4gb vs 6802gb vs 4gb? which brand? I don't know if i want to keep my GPU at speed stock or OC it. I am pretty worried about it overheating, but if it doesn't i'll probably OC it by a little bit. I will be buying 1 card for now and SLI it later. I will be playing at 120hz 1080p most of the time, but i'll be doing 5760x1080 sometime for fun too. Hoping to get at least Med/High setting with 2x MSAA at 60+fps when I'm gaming with surround. I am more interested in Nvidia GPU because i mainly want a great fps in BF3. But, i did not forget 7970ghz edition out just yet, so if yo guys can give some suggestions about the graphic card that would be great! I like the GPU to last at least 2 years and possibly 3 years.

Thank you in advance!
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  1. here is a thread about best airflow on your case

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/339325-28-best-airflow-nzxt-phantom


    also for mounting h100, check it
    http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=nxzt+phantom+full+tower+h100+mount&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41867550,d.cWE&biw=1920&bih=889&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=-9AOUe3kOfON0QHJgYGQBg


    sorry i took advantage of your budget xD



    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BinJ
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BinJ/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BinJ/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter) dont need more than an i5 for gaming
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.73 @ Amazon) a cooler that surpases h100 ability, BUT its big and brown. go with h100 if you wish
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Newegg) very sexy motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg) dont need more than 8gb for gaming, but if you wish, get 16gb. need only 1600mhz
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC) secondary drive
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Adorama) <here i put 250gb ... but you could go with 120gb if you wish to save some money, depends on your primary drive needs
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($383.98 @ Newegg) people prefer Nvidia over amd... so ill give the choice that everyone will suggest
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($383.98 @ Newegg) already stock overclocked, no need to f.around (its just a bit oc not a ghz version) ~ i find more people get the EVGA nvidia cards, but i take gigabyte cuz of the 3 fan setup, you can be sure your card runs cool
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($169.99 @ Amazon) nice PSU will support your needs
    Total: $1766.62
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 16:10 EST-0500)

    good luck
  2. thank you for the feedback!
  3. bump
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