800$ CPU, GPU, MOBO, and casing upgrade

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: I'm shooting for within a month or two.

Budget Range: About 800$ before shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: CPU, GPU, Motherboard (if I need to change to a intel processor) Case and probably a liquid cooling unit for the new CPU. Re-using my 600 watt nameless PSU. I'd also like GPU recommendations to come with HDCP compliance.

Do you need to buy OS: Possibly, I can't tell at the moment wether or not my version of windows is "OEM" or not.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Preferablly Newegg because they seem to have the best prices but I'm alright with Tigerdirect, Amazon, and suggestions of other reliable sites.

Location: Georgia

Parts Preferences: I'd like to shoot for a i5-3570k CPU because I've heard it's currently the best gaming CPU, however, if I can find a AMD CPU with the same power that would keep me from buying a new Motherboard, as mine only goes for a certain pin type, AM3. I don't have a specific prefrence for any other parts though I've never owned an AMD card.

Overclocking: Maybe, slightly scared of risking problems.

SLI or Crossfire: If I have to upgrade the motherboard, it would be nice to have for the future when more power is needed, but not necessary.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050.

Additional Comments: I'm the kind of guy who prefers graphics over gameplay, so I'd like quite a bit of power to run mostly everything on ultra or max staying above 60FPS. Multiple monitors aren't something I'd like to do right now, but surely in the future. I'd also like to have a casing that doesn't look bland, very sleek and neat. I'd also like to know wether or not 6GB of RAM will work for me right now, I'd rather not have to upgrade that too, but I can eventually if need be.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've been trying to get a decent PC for a very long time now, after dealing with local PC builders, being cheated out of my money from them and never being able to save up enough money for the real big items, I've finally just hunkered down and started saving up enough to buy some new parts. I'd like for this to be my last purchase as you have no idea what kind of headache this has caused for a long while.


--------------------Current Idea for parts are as follows----------------------


GPU: GTX 670 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787)


CPU: CPU: Intel i5-3570k 4x 3.40 GHZ/6MB L3 Cache


MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LK HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS


Currently both the motherboard and CPU can be bought together on newegg for 60$ off. Graphics card has a 20$ rebate card.


Casing: Anything from the NZXT line of casing.

RAIDMAX AGUSTA ATX-605BW Black / White Steel ATX Full Tower
Computer Case

(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156280)


COUGAR Orange Challenger Black Steel ATX Computer Case with 12cm
COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans and 20cm LED Fan

(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811553009)
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I very much appreciate any time that was taken to help with this request, thank you.
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  1. Get the Radeon HD 7970.
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/RBDB
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/RBDB/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/RBDB/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($406.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $767.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 21:59 EDT-0400)

    Just changed the GPU, the 7970 performs better than the 670. The case is really personal preference.
  3. ballerslife said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/RBDB
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/RBDB/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/RBDB/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($406.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $767.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-18 21:59 EDT-0400)

    Just changed the GPU, the 7970 performs better than the 670. The case is really personal preference.


    Do either of you know if I'll need a liquid cooling unit along with all of this stuff? And I appreciate you both giving me answers and suggesting the 7970, I've heard they're both pretty close in performance and it varies on the game, but when overclocked the 7970 will match a 680 and beat a 670 by far.
  4. Radeon HD 7970 has more VRAM at 3GB for better hi-res performance.
    Radeon HD 7970 GHz will beat both GTX 670 and GTX 680 and it is cheaper than both of them.

    You don't need water cooling with that build. A good Noctua NH-D14 heatsink will suffice. But you are free to buy a water cooling kit and learn about setting it up. Just make sure your case has room for the radiator(s) you want/need.
  5. ksham said:
    Radeon HD 7970 has more VRAM at 3GB for better hi-res performance.
    Radeon HD 7970 GHz will beat both GTX 670 and GTX 680 and it is cheaper than both of them.

    You don't need water cooling with that build. A good Noctua NH-D14 heatsink will suffice. But you are free to buy a water cooling kit and learn about setting it up. Just make sure your case has room for the radiator(s) you want/need.


    Wonderful, I very much appreciate the input and recommendation on the heatsink.

    After checking the price, 100$ seems a bit too much for me, can you recommend a cheaper one?
    Or should I just spring for that one later.
  6. You don't need watercooling if you're not overclocking. If yes, an air cooler would suffice.
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