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So I came here last year asking for a build but I got a really bad case of the Parttimejob and Can'tsavemymoney. But I'm back here again and I think I can save up enough money being done university for the year and everything. So here's what I'm thinking of buying and I want some advice on what I should get. I'm planning on spending around $1000 but I already have a case(CM Storm Sniper Black Edition) and a PSU(Corsair HX1000).

MOBO: I've been doing some research and I've come across 3 motherboards but I don't really know the differences between them and what would be good for me.

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155

i also stumbled across the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155, and it looks really cool but i don't know if it's better or worse than the other motherboards that I've selected.

CPU: With Ivy bridge coming out this month I think I'm gonna go with the Core i5 3570k. I've read that it's basically the successor to the 2500k.

RAM: I really don't know too much about RAM. From what I've been told, you would only need really hi-spec RAM if you're gonna be benchmarking. So since i'm mostly gonna be gaming I've chosen these.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

GPU: Last time I wanted to build a PC I was thinking of getting 2 6950s and putting them in crossfire, but now that there are new cards on the market I'm sort of lost.

Solution 1:
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Solution 2:
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB X2

HDD: I'll probably buy an SSD later on, I just need something to get my computer to run.
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
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Your chosen motherboards seem a bit pricy, but all fine nonetheless. They might as well be identical and you should base it off of personal preference.

The 3570k will be a good choice. Some initial benches have shown that it may overclock worse than the 2500k, but no biggie.


Ram seems pretty good, but you won't see a difference with 1600 mhz. Go for a cheaper option at 1333mhz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422


As far as the GPU, the general rule is go with a powerful single card over 2 weaker ones in SLI, so i would definately go for the 7950 especially after that really nice pricedrop. You can always buy a second 7950 later on and you'll be much happier (not like it's needed, considering a 7950 runs everything maxed).
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