[New Build] Gaming PC Advice Needed

Hey everyone, I realise I have posted a fair few times now, but this time I think I'm almost ready to make up my mind. Any advice appreciated.
Here is the formal info piece:

Approximate Purchase Date: 4 - 6 Weeks

Budget Range: $1200 - $1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (and lots of it), Watching Videos, Surfing Net

Are you buying a monitor: No, Already have one

Parts to Upgrade: Don't know, I just need some ideas

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Dosen't matter to me

Location: Sydney, Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Not getting a monitor yet

Additional Comments: I will be gaming (games like Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Battlefield 3) and recording that gameplay at the same time.


Here is my current build at PC part picker. I mainly need help with the Graphics Card and Mother Board:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
Total: $1089.65

Any other changes would be great and I still have cash for a few additions (If any must be/should be made)
Thanks once again.
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More about build gaming advice needed
  1. 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 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($117.28 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1226.17
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 11:44 EDT-0400)
  2. timarp000 said:
    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 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($164.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($117.28 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1226.17
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-13 11:44 EDT-0400)


    OP is in Australia, links to Newegg and Microcenter won't work.

    Try this:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.00 @ Foxcomp)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.00 @ Scorptec)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.00 @ Scorptec)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
    Total: $1425.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-14 05:37 EST+1100)
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