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I would also swap the i7 for an i5 and spend more on the GPU, a 7970 or 670/680 maybe...
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So yeah, looks like i'll be going for the top of the line i5. As far as the card goes, what would be best between AMD's 7870 and NVIDIA's equivalent? And how is my motherboard selection?

If Samsung had a 360GB SSD, Id go with that but they don't so I'll be sticking with the 500.
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I wouldn't get the noctua cooler but go for the phanteks and some nice fans
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So yeah, looks like i'll be going for the top of the line i5. As far as the card goes, what would be best between AMD's 7870 and NVIDIA's equivalent? And how is my motherboard selection?

If Samsung had a 360GB SSD, Id go with that but they don't so I'll be sticking with the 500.

Would really recommend going 7970 on your card. Well worth it as you can get the very nice MSI 7970 for $390-$400. On the processor, might as well go Haswell, whichever the equivalent of the 3570k would be. But, don't write off the Ivy Bridge processors and Z77 just yet. You may see some really good sales on these items a week into Haswell release. Just something to keep in mind.

From what I've seen the biggest benefit of the Z87 over the Z77 is pretty much just more SATA 3 & USB 3 inputs. Aside from that, I don't see any major technological ermagods.
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I wouldn't get the noctua cooler but go for the phanteks and some nice fans
I just read a review on the Phanteks PH-TC14PE. Looks like it gets your cpu about 5 degrees cooler than the noctua d14.Will that cooler still have clearance issues with memory or I should still stick with low-profile meory instead?

And what thermal compound would be best to pair it up with?
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Would really recommend going 7970 on your card. Well worth it as you can get the very nice MSI 7970 for $390-$400. On the processor, might as well go Haswell, whichever the equivalent of the 3570k would be. But, don't write off the Ivy Bridge processors and Z77 just yet. You may see some really good sales on these items a week into Haswell release. Just something to keep in mind.
I hear that the 7970 is loud and might be overkill for some. I don't want to go that route.
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I hear that the 7970 is loud and might be overkill for some. I don't want to go that route.

Overkill, no. Loud, it CAN be a bit but that depends on you. If you maintain the fan at 50% it keeps the card cool enough and it is not anywhere near loud.

Also, 3770K for $279.00. Pretty good deal going right now. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-116-502
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Overkill, no. Loud, it CAN be a bit but that depends on you. If you maintain the fan at 50% it keeps the card cool enough and it is not anywhere near loud.

Also, 3770K for $279.00. Pretty good deal going right now. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-116-502
I read that the 7970 is power hungry as well. If I leave the card settings on default, noise shouldn't be a problem? I'm just a newbie in choosing my own parts for my system so please forgive me if I sound naive or ignorant.

I'll be waiting for Haswell and see if they live up to the hype. If not, ivy bridge is the way to go.

If I consider the top of the line i5, will the latest vesion of Counter-Strike and Flight simulator run smoothly maxed out, no problems?
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They wouldnt be used 30% i think
    
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Here are my revised specs:

-Intel Core i5 xxxxK (Ivy Bridge or Haswell)
-ASUS Sabertooth Zxx motherboard
-Kingston Hyper-X16 GB memory (2 sticks of 8GB)
-ASUS AMD Radeon 7970 or NVIDIA equivalent
-Corsair Professional Series HX750W 80-GOLD Power Supply
-Samsung 840 Pro Series 500GB SSD
-Noctua D14 cooler or Phanteks PH-TC14PE
-Corsair Graphite Case
-Windows 7 Home Premium 64
-Samsung S23B550V monitor

So what do you think? If I need to modify it more, please let me know. Like I have said above, I am still deciding between Haswell or Ivy Bridge. If Haswell performs worse than expected, Ivy Bridge it is. If it performs up to its expectations or better, then Haswell.
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I read that the 7970 is power hungry as well. If I leave the card settings on default, noise shouldn't be a problem? I'm just a newbie in choosing my own parts for my system so please forgive me if I sound naive or ignorant.

I'll be waiting for Haswell and see if they live up to the hype. If not, ivy bridge is the way to go.

If I consider the top of the line i5, will the latest vesion of Counter-Strike and Flight simulator run smoothly maxed out, no problems?

You could run two 7970 with the power supply you have selected. They do take more power than a GTX 680 but considering you see people running single GTX 680 set ups with as little as 400W to 450W power supplies you'll be more than fine. You've selected a good quality power supply. I have the HX850 in my other build from 5 years back still going strong powering dual Sapphire Toxic Radeon 4870 HD and I could have gotten by with a 750 no problems.

And, yes to your question regarding i5. My 3570K doesn't miss a beat and my MSI 7970 is not bottlenecked in any way on my MSI Z77.
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