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Not sure if you guys do this, but I need help with a build.

Let me start off by saying this will be my second build, and I don't know very much. So bare with me, please.

I'm looking to center my build around the BitFenix Prodigy, which seems like a very popular case. I'm looking to spend at the most $1000, but I'd prefer under $1000. I have most of my parts set, MOBO, CPU, and GPU, all of which I'm not looking to cut corners on, but am open to other options if need be. The only parts I'm ambivalent on are the HDD, CPU cooler, memory and PSU. All of which I have items picked out, but am definitely looking for cheaper or better options out there. The best bang for my buck, if you will.

Anyway, here are the parts.

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler - Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard
RAM - G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card or Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card.
PSU - Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

It all comes to $1062.05. I'm not a budget per se, but would prefer to spend under $1000. I just want a system that will be able to handle most if not all games on ultra settings, have the ability to OC (Definitely with ease, pretty new to it), and stay at a very respectable temperature.

My main question is cooling, specifically a CPU cooler. I know the Prodigy is very well regarded for it's cooling, but which cooler should I use? The Phanteks seems to be very popular, and the Prodigy would be able to house it, but should I go for more of a low profile cooler with a radiator or fan on top? Would that give me better cooling performance? Should I just go with the Hyper 212? I'm not sure about water-cooling. I have to admit, I'm scared of it leaking. I haven't completely thrown the idea out the window, but I'd definitely prefer an air cooler.

I'm curious what temperatures you'd think I'd get, or if you use a Phanteks or Hyper 212, what temperatures you get, without any additional fans of course. Which brings me to another question, would I need additional fans? Should I use a radiator? What size fans should I use, if I were to add additional fans?

As far as the PSU goes, I heard modular is the way to go. Is this true? Does it really matter? Would a non-modular PSU be that big of a difference? Would the wire management be awful?

I really appreciate any insight, I'll really take any information I can at this point and am open pretty much anything.
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With that case you might wanna go semi-modular as opposed to full modular, it can possibly make fittings with the psu easier and you still get the space/cable management savings. what resolution are you gaming at? you might be able to find a cheaper 7870 that will still get you the performance you want as well.
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Which semi-modular PSU would you recommend? Any good Corsair ones?

I'm currently using 1920x1080.
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I don't know much about Corsair PSUs, but here's one I found quickly on newegg http://www.Newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-050
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I was actually considering buying that, but a friend told me it'd be wiser to spend the extra $30 and get an HX instead of a CX. He said CX are pretty cheap. It's probably not a big deal, just going by what I heard.
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I was actually considering buying that, but a friend told me it'd be wiser to spend the extra $30 and get an HX instead of a CX. He said CX are pretty cheap. It's probably not a big deal, just going by what I heard.

That's often true; CX is the budget range, but there are some exceptions. Check here http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies
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Thanks. I'm just trying to decide if I'd actually need 650W with a 7950.
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Thanks. I'm just trying to decide if I'd actually need 650W with a 7950.

nope

http://www.Newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-068
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OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
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Even OCing? I know the estimated I saw on PCPartPicker was 336.
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by "set" I don't know if you already bought the parts or not... but in some cases if you go matx or atx format the prices will be lower in the mobo department. Is it a mobility issue or you just like the looks?

and do you live closer to a microcenter? http://slickdeals.net/f/6027254-Micro-Center-B-M-Intel-3570K-processor-back-down-to-169-99-and-40-off-compatible-motherboard
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