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Can anyone recommend components for a $1500 build?

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February 16, 2013 1:32:31 PM

Hi, im building my first PC, I thought id dive in at the deep end and spend a fair amount on it. Futureproofing, I figured.i wouldnt have to update it very much in the next few years.

I have a few components selected but im having trouble with some others, cases and motherboards mainly so if anyone could help me complete my list then if be super greatful.

Components so far:

Intel i7 Processor 3770k
AMD Radeon 7950
1TB Seagate HDD
16GB Corsair RAM

Also if anyone has any recommendations for the above thatd be great too, my heart is pretty much set on the processor and graphics card but the RAM and HDD i. Can be flexible with.

Thanks :) 
February 16, 2013 1:43:55 PM

If this is for gaming, ditch the i7-3770k and get a better GPU.

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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.54 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($442.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1464.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 10:41 EST-0500)

With that cooler, you can OC the i5-3570k pretty high. As for the 7970, that one is pretty much the best out right now.
February 16, 2013 2:07:05 PM

Thanks. Yes its for gaming. Ive just read further into this i7 business and there are many commemts suggesting an i5 and use the money saved to get a better GPU.
So I think I may just go with this :) 

Would it really need an 850 watt psu though? I dont knoe how much difference there is but with the 7950 I was looking at around 600.
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February 16, 2013 2:10:18 PM

Also, would I be advantageous to go for the 2x8 Corsair RAM instead of the 4x4 for when I eventually upgrade to 32GB of RAM?

Or is this so far off my components would become obsolete by this time anyway? :) 
February 16, 2013 2:42:01 PM

I just slapped in a higher wattage PSU in case you ever need it, i.e. multi GPU setup if you ever choose to do that down the road. As for the ram, if you do plan on upgrading to 32gb later, I would get the 2x8 setup.
February 16, 2013 2:43:09 PM

Also, there seems to be a lot of talk about new CPU's and GPU's coming out. If you can wait a few months, I would wait.
February 16, 2013 2:45:38 PM

gtx titan is coming out on 18th and the price range is about 899$ with the performance of 80% of gtx 690..