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March 9, 2013 6:29:14 AM

Hi guys,
I'm looking to get a new rig for gaming. I'm aiming for pretty high end being able to play games like crysis 3 on full detail at 1920x1080. Keeping in mind that I plan on getting this after i finish school at the end of the year (Novemberish) what could you guys recommend especially in regards to the graphics card and mobo. I did try to make it as quiet as possible so that's why i chose that particular PSU and the case/CPU fan.

EDIT: Both my SSD and HDD use a 6GB/s SATA slot. Can I use 6 in 3 slot and which should i put in the 6

Here are my specs 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: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 12g Thermal Paste ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($422.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Rosewill Hyperborea 57.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1675.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 03:27 EST-0500)

Thanks for any help you can give :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 6:42:14 AM

Pus the SSD in the six, the HDD will be more than fine on the 3, HDD won't saturate the 3's bandwidth

Haswell in june may shift things quite a bit or not at all and Q3 2013 is also launch of the new GPU line

For gaming just stick with 8gb for now, plenty of ram for multitasking + gaming , you can always add more later if you need it
Chose an Seasonic made xfx 850 fully modular 80+silver psu for cheaper [not modular is like 20 bucks cheaper]and likey still cheaper come november
UD3h has the same great 6 real phase power delivery as the UD5h, only less IO that you likely will not need
IMO, Artic SIlver 5 is not necessary, the Noctua supplied paste is pretty good and better than the AS5. The AS5 is pretty old and the bundled NT H-1 does better AFAIK

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-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($422.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Rosewill Hyperborea 57.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1534.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 03:45 EST-0500)





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March 9, 2013 6:50:28 AM

Hi Osca607!

Since you're still getting this rig by November(ish), I suggest keeping this list stored, but don't make it definite yet. Haswell is coming right up in a couple of months, and things might get shaken around a bit, especially prices. Who knows, if Haswell performs great and is reasonably priced, then it might be the next "i5-3570K."
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a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2013 7:08:20 AM

Steamroller should also be out, prices will change, new products will be out. The basic structure is pretty simple and doesn't vary much at all. But there's absolutely no point picking specific parts 8 months in advance. Some might not even be in production anymore.
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