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1500-2000 First Build, Need Advice

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February 16, 2013 3:39:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: May-July

Budget Range: 1500-2000 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Location: California, USA

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter.

Overclocking: Maybe. I don't know how to overclock really.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I want to play @ 1920x1080

Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC is a store-bought piece of crap and all my games look like minecraft on it.

Additional Comments: I want to play games on High or Ultra. Graphics are the most important. I want it to be somewhat future-proof for at least a couple of years, if possible. This is my first build, so any suggestions/recommendations would be great. Anything can be changed except for the CPU, I already bought it.

Here's what I came up with so far:

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 Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($238.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (32/64-bit) ($165.84 @ Amazon)
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2453mh-LED 24.0" Monitor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1730.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 00:16 EST-0500)

I also found these:
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for taking your time to read this, really appreciate it :) 

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February 16, 2013 3:51:52 AM

I personally wouldn't purchase the Sabertooth - it's expensive, overrated, and the thermal armor is a heat trap. Get the Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 TH instead - it's $50 cheaper and overclocks the same. Then use the difference and get the 256GB OCZ Vector for your SSD. Otherwise everything else looks good. You don't really need to pay the money for the full Windows, you can get the OEM version and be fine.
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February 16, 2013 5:23:05 AM

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 Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($148.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($107.95 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1484.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 02:21 EST-0500)
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This is what i think is best... you can go higher by buying a Crucial M4 256GB and a much better CPU cooler and i better motherboard, but the UD3H is more than enough... you are under your budget and if you want you can add a second radeon 7970, not that you will need it...

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