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Building a Gaming Comp for a friend

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March 10, 2013 9:06:09 PM

hey guys im helping a friend with build a gaming computer. he wants it at about $1500 but im have trouble trying not to sacrifice performance. whats your guys inputs and specs below.

LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model GH24NS95 $15.99

Sentey Arvina Extreme Division Tower Case 6x Fan LED/ 4 x USB / Multi Card Reader / 4 x Fan Control / E-SATA / 6 x Removable Aluminum Bays / Screwless $94.99

Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $109.99

Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers $134.99

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $374.99

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply $109.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBXL $112.99

ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard $254.99

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K $329.99

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED $77.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99
March 10, 2013 11:20:54 PM

For gaming you don't need an i7. Get the i5 3570k instead and put the extra $100 into getting a 680 or a 7970 GHz ed.
March 10, 2013 11:30:02 PM

Norlag speaks truth. Also, ditch the expensive cooler and go with the Hyper 212 Evo. It's much cheaper and performs as well.
March 10, 2013 11:34:48 PM

Totally agree with Norlag.

Also, 16GB of RAM isn't really necessary and change power supply to a well-rated Corsair or Seasonic. Motherboard is a bit overkill, if going for a simple overclock all he needs is the ASUS P8Z77-V or ASRock Extreme4.

The Hyper 212 EVO is a great cooler and does cost much less but the Zalman is a great choice.
It looks awesome and it's whisper quiet, not to mention it does an excellent job at cooling (a bit of a pain in the a$$ to install though).