How will this setup perform? I can stay under $1000 looks like.

Should perform pretty well it looks to me.
I'm gonna pull the trigger on this I think.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master DP6-9EDSA-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($7.65 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.60 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($224.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Topower 800W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $929.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 17:28 EST-0500)
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    I don't think I would touch that power supply with a 10 foot pole. Also if gaming is what you're going for you don't need 16GB of RAM. Drop that to 8GB and get a better case.

    Better case:
    Cheaper, better power supply:

    Also that cooler is junk and is no better than the stock fan. Get a Hyper 212 Evo instead:
  2. thanks for the reply.

    good to go on the video card and motherboard?
  3. Get the 7870 XT which is better and not more than $20 more expensive.
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