First Gaming PC Build (tips?)

Hello! I am zander93 and I am building my first ever PC this year (or next) and I have been all over the web at newegg, reddit, google, ncix, and pcpart picker searching for the best build to fit my style. I am very eccentric gamer, but I would also be elated to get into editing and prodcing videos and maybe commentaries for youtube, but since my current laptop is almost out of space and can't even load the planetside 2 beta (very dissapointed) I NEED a better computer. Over the course of about 6 months I have compiled the best parts to suit my gaming and editing needs, watched hours of videos, and spent up until early dawn searching and comparing parts. I now present to you my current list of parts.

[url=]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] / [url=]Benchmarks[/url]


[b]CPU:[/b] [url=]Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($314.99 @ NCIX US)

[b]CPU Cooler:[/b] [url=]Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler[/url] ($26.82 @ NCIX US)

[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=]ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard[/url] ($134.99 @ Amazon)

[b]Memory:[/b] [url=]G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($50.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=]Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($88.98 @ Newegg)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=]Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($72.16 @ Adorama)

[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=]Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card[/url] ($376.48 @ NCIX US)

[b]Sound Card:[/b] [url=]Asus Xonar D1 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card[/url] ($73.99 @ SuperBiiz)

[b]Case:[/b] [url=]Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($79.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=]Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($109.99 @ NCIX US)

[b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=]Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer[/url] ($17.49 @ SuperBiiz)


[b]Total:[/b] $1346.87

[i](Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)[/i]



I would like to have my budget stay below 1500 and my ideal price range would be just about 1000. I am a little worried about the noise problem as I have heard that the 7950 is quite loud compared to some nvida cards. Thanks for reading all this and please, input would be greatly appreciated :)




I would get a better cpu cooler like the cooler master 212. Are you going to overclock? 

Probably not, im not ready for that yet.

The only thing that makes you ready is the knowledge to do so. It only requires a little research, and it's not nearly as complicated as it sounds. If you don't want to though, then that's fine. Otherwise I would recommend a K version CPU and a much more powerful cooler like a Cooler Master V6GT, Noctua NH-D14, Phanteks, or Corsair H100.

Zalman hasn't really been relevant since socket 775 though, which is why I recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212.

If there's a Microcenter in your area you could get this build for $1,257.88 (as of this writing and before tax)















Admittedly, you could skimp on the keyboard and save more cash... But this is a beastly machine, the 3570K will rock it for a long time and the 7970 will last you longer than the 7950.  Also, the mouse is only a pricepoint comparison, not really a suggestion over your own preference.




Yea, I think I will go with the K verison and drop out on the keyboard and mouse