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Full New Build, Buying in a few Hours. Vet this please?

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April 18, 2013 6:55:16 AM

I have been saving up for roughly two years and finally have the funds to make a purchase of a high-ish end computer for gaming. I'm hoping to have it last a few years at least. I also didn't want to skimp on anything and cause that regret feeling you get when you save $30 and can feel the quality loss.

Consulted one other forum. Poured over as many reviews as I could find for days. Really tried to construct a solid system.

So.. Here it is. Price Picker list; but avoiding URLs since I don't know if that constitutes spam.

price picker code: Rouc

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($382.38)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96)
Total: $1375.26

Only difference is I am buying an extra fan for the Hyper 212 EVO and I am getting the GHZ edition of the Video Card. Price Picker didn't have it that I could see.

I do already have a copy of Windows 7 that is good to install. And Arctic Silver for the CPU Cooler install. Anything else I may be missing?

Thanks for any help offered. This is a large investment for me and I am nervous I am messing something up!
April 18, 2013 6:59:52 AM

212 evo wont benefit extra fan. it is better to put case fan on the back of case and suck air out than putting the fan on heatsink. i own it :) 

and for case, i believe corsair 300R is better at that price range. Coolermaster storm enforcer is even better for 10 more
April 18, 2013 10:47:20 AM

Thanks for the answer! About 3 hours till I order, so anyone else's advice would be welcome!

So the 212 evo doesn't like a second fan? Should I replace the single fan with a non-stock, or is it solid? Which side/direction should I face the single fan on it?

As for the case; the corsair 300R is really solid, I somehow missed that. However it lacks enough drive bays, I'm hoping for 5 where it only has the 4. I have 4 HDD + 1 SDD. So not sure if that is workable. The Storm Enforcer honestly doesn't appeal to me aesthetically. Any case I get needs to be solid as I move my computer at least once every few days for LANs or whatnot. I do really like the Corsair, just not sure if it'll fit my needs. Any ideas with the new info?

And again, anyone else please chip in. I really want this to be as good as it can be!
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April 18, 2013 11:02:29 AM

Adding the information the post at the top recommends because I somehow missed it. Sorry about that. :( 

Approximate Purchase Date: Today
Budget Range: 1300-1600~ not including rebates / shipping.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Low-Intensity work stuff.
Are you buying a monitor: Nope

Parts to Upgrade: Full Build / N/A
Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Atlanta, GA - United States, Would prefer no brick and mortar stores.
Parts Preferences: Intel, AMD/ATI, ASUS, G.Skill

Overclocking: Yes (CPU, Nothing else).
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: This'll be my last computer purchase for 2+ years. So needs to last while still running games at max.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current rig cannot run Skyrim loaded with mods, or Crysis 3 beyond high. I also lack a SSD right now and want one. I'd rather not scrap my current rig for parts since I can likely sell it for $600 to recoup some of this loss.
April 18, 2013 12:16:28 PM

Ok, buying in 15 minutes. Sorry to be a bother with the bumps, just at the line! Here is the final build from part picker:

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($83.17 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.07 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($11.92 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1469.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 15:15 EDT-0400)

Any last minute changes I should make?
April 18, 2013 12:25:09 PM

Pro SSD maybe? If I were buying that monster of a build for gaming, I'd buy some better quality and quiet fans. Like Noctua F12 or Corsair SP120/AF120. Most people, myself included, do not like the Noctua theme look. The Corsair fans do look good.
April 18, 2013 12:28:00 PM

Both good recommendations. Was debating it, and hearing it twice means I'll go with the Pro. Thanks!.

Better fans makes sense for me, I don't know brands much. I'll look into the Corsairs and add those/swap them in.

Thanks again for the last minute tips, anything else I should swap? :) 
April 18, 2013 12:43:37 PM

I'd probably get a cheaper optical drive. Just my personal opinion. They're not really all so useful. Can you count the number of times you used it in the last few months? For me, only twice.
April 24, 2013 11:12:52 AM

Well?? Did you buy it? Are all the parts in? Is it built? :) 
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