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Below is my partially constructed build. I have all of these parts in my possession.

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Case- Corsair 600T
PSU- Seasonic X Sereis 650W
HDD- 1TB Seagate barracuda
CPU Cooler- Hyper 212 Evo
OS- Windows Home Premium
Monitor- Asus VS247H-P 23.6inch
Ram- 8GB ripjaws x series 1866
Optical Drive- LG basic drive
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I have yet to buy the following parts:

Motherboard- Z68 extreme3 gen3 ASRock
SSD- 120GB mushkin
CPU- i5-2500k
GPU- Still contemplating this, leaning towards the 7870

Before I pull the trigger and buy the remaining parts, is there anything that should be changed? Some people say that I should wait for ivy bridge, some say that the 7870 isn't fast enough.

My budget for the gpu is roughly $400, although if a 7870 is sufficient for my monitor, id rather go with that. I want to max out games with this computer. Also, should I get a better quality motherboard? I won't be heavily overclocking, maybe a little bit in the future.

PLEASE HELP before I spend all my money
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Apparently the Z77 board's are due to come out within a month, I would hold off until they are released. Leaving you with the choice of buying the newest board, or a decreased price in the ASRock that you want.

I think your motherboard will work well. Personally, I'm not a fan of ATI, but from the reviews the 7870 sounds pretty awesome. Did you consider possibly running sli 560 ti's instead, although this would cost more. In the long run, the 7870 will be better, leaving you room to buy another and run crossfire. Your build looks really good, I say pull the trigger!
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I would get a gtx 580 > a 7870, even though the 680's are about to be released.
 
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Apparently the Z77 board's are due to come out within a month, I would hold off until they are released. Leaving you with the choice of buying the newest board, or a decreased price in the ASRock that you want.
I think your motherboard will work well. Personally, I'm not a fan of ATI, but from the reviews the 7870 sounds pretty awesome. Did you consider possibly running sli 560 ti's instead, although this would cost more. In the long run, the 7870 will be better, leaving you room to buy another and run crossfire. Your build looks really good, I say pull the trigger!

with a 650W psu, I only want to run a single card smile.gif also, is the z77 really worth the wait?

need more opinions!
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Apparently the Z77 board's are due to come out within a month, I would hold off until they are released. Leaving you with the choice of buying the newest board, or a decreased price in the ASRock that you want.
I think your motherboard will work well. Personally, I'm not a fan of ATI, but from the reviews the 7870 sounds pretty awesome. Did you consider possibly running sli 560 ti's instead, although this would cost more. In the long run, the 7870 will be better, leaving you room to buy another and run crossfire. Your build looks really good, I say pull the trigger!

with a 650W psu, I only want to run a single card smile.gif also, is the z77 really worth the wait?

need more opinions!

Some Z77 boards will come with Lucid MVP. If it works as advertised, it'll be a huge boost to your graphics performance. Since you only want to run one card and don't want to go as high as 7970 or GTX680, I'd say its definitely worth the wait. I'd wait for Z77 to hit and then read some reviews and go from there. The other benefit in waiting (purely speculation on my part) is that there is a possibility that the release of the GTX680 could have an impact on GPU prices. I emphasize "could." If the GTX is as good as Nvidia is claiming, it might force AMD to lower the costs of their cards. Time will tell on that, but it'll be interesting to see what happens.
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Some Z77 boards will come with Lucid MVP. If it works as advertised, it'll be a huge boost to your graphics performance. Since you only want to run one card and don't want to go as high as 7970 or GTX680, I'd say its definitely worth the wait. I'd wait for Z77 to hit and then read some reviews and go from there. The other benefit in waiting (purely speculation on my part) is that there is a possibility that the release of the GTX680 could have an impact on GPU prices. I emphasize "could." If the GTX is as good as Nvidia is claiming, it might force AMD to lower the costs of their cards. Time will tell on that, but it'll be interesting to see what happens.

when are z77 boards expected to come out?

most of my build is just sitting on my desk right now ready to be built.
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No date has been announced yet. The rumored date for Ivy Bridge is April 29th, so expect to see Z77 boards right around the same time.
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Some Z77 boards will come with Lucid MVP. If it works as advertised, it'll be a huge boost to your graphics performance. Since you only want to run one card and don't want to go as high as 7970 or GTX680, I'd say its definitely worth the wait. I'd wait for Z77 to hit and then read some reviews and go from there. The other benefit in waiting (purely speculation on my part) is that there is a possibility that the release of the GTX680 could have an impact on GPU prices. I emphasize "could." If the GTX is as good as Nvidia is claiming, it might force AMD to lower the costs of their cards. Time will tell on that, but it'll be interesting to see what happens.

wait i thought ivy bridge only had a graphics boost in the iGPU, right?

is a 680 overkill for a 1080p monitor?

what about 660ti or 670?
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Think about picking up a used 580 on the marketplace. Lots of very, very good deals right now with the 680 out.
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