mainly playing rpg/rts (civ 5, guild wars2, star craft, diablo 3, etc). dont play high demand fps like bf3 or crysis, but would like to keep my options opened. would the 7870 suffice? or should i just go all out with the 7950? ive already come from a ~$800 to a well over $1000 build. would ultimately like to keep everything (including 1 monitor, keyboard and mouse) to roughly 1500. will this mobo be enough? i'm debating between z77x d3h and asrock z77 extreme4. will this 650w be enough with overclock? i want a sleek, minimal case without sacrificing cooling. will the corsair 200r be ok? should i get anymore fans? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! thanks!
I switched out the hyper 212 for a xigmatek gaia. They both cool about the same, but the xigmatek is cheaper (and smaller by a bit)
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is probably the most popular motherboard for decent overclocks, plus it's $20 cheaper.
Cheap, low profile ram that works.
Switched out the SSD for a 840 PRO, $5 more but it's better.
Sapphire 7870 ghz edition is cheaper and should work just as good as the gigabyte one.
The corsair 200r is good, but I chose to opt for a good, cheaper case. The NZXT Tempest 210 cools well and provides decent enough cable management. Also has lots of room for extra fans in the future, so you choose to get more.
The xfx550w would be able to run this system, but it's a non-modular psu. If you're fine with not having the best cable management, this should fit your need at a nice $60 price.
thanks for taking the time to look over my build! and thanks realchoas for even pricing a keyboard/mouse/monitor for me! dont hate me, but ive revised my build and kinda went in a different direction: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jaabez/saved/1oJK
im gonna go ahead and get 7950 as its only $60-80 more. im considering dropping SSD. i may have a copy of win7 from my laptop, gonna check when i get home. is this psu balanced for OC or even possible crossfire. or should i go up to 750?
That is a solid 7950 at a great price. Other sapphires cost more because they use the Vapor-X cooler, not the Dual-X found in the 7950 you chose. The Vapor-X is supposed to have better cooling and heatsink, but the Dual-X is still very good. Nothing is wrong with the one you chose.