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Old February 23, 2013, 11:02 PM
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Switch the case to the new Antec GX700, has a pair of 140mm fans, a single 120mm fan and a fan controller, which means better overall cooling than the Enforcer, less work and noise for the CPU and GPU fans, and almost as ugly.

Antec GX-700 ATX CASE W/USB3 15700 - Micro Center
AnandTech - Antec GX700 Case Review: Just What You Can Get For $59.99

For HDD, I'd go for a Seagate Barracuda first, or WD Blue if cheaper, and leave the SSD out of the build for now. You can get an SSD later when you save for it so you can go for a HD7970 and upgrade your PSU to 650W.

The reason is otherwise you'd be stuck with a mid-end Video card and a low capacity SSD and no room to upgrade, and you will give yourself room to do what every self-rig-builder should, overclock your CPU & GPU.

Best video card rebate deal:
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double D 925MHZ 3GB 5.5GHZ DDR5 2XMINI-DP HDMI DVI PCI-E Video Card
Non-rebate:
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC 1000MHZ 3.0GB 5.5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XDP PCI-E Video Card

PSU:
CORSAIR HX series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
Seasonic G Series 650W ATX 80PLUS Gold Modular 120mm Fan Power Supply PSU DC to DC
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

RAM: 1600 and nothing above $50
Corsair Vengeance Blue Lowprofile 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US - Newegg.com
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Old February 24, 2013, 12:49 AM
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If you already have the monitors/Keyboard/Mouse, there's actually quite a bit you can do for $1000. Here's a link to a build that barely cracks your budget (after rebates) and will play every game on the market right now. If you change the GPU down to a 7870, you'll end up under budget, and you'll be fairly surprised at what that card can handle.

If you're not interested in rebates, and gaming is really your primary focus, then you might want to think about an AMD system. The FX-8150 is a reasonable chip at a good price. And unless you're worried more about benchmark scores than actual gaming performance, it will perform just fine.
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Old February 24, 2013, 03:19 AM
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No need for 650W PSU, 550 is plenty. Even if he wanted to add a second card down the line a 650 isn't enough to give any decent over-head.
He could actually do down a notch and save money without sacrificing too much quality.

There is a point on the SSD and GPU, If you max one now(the gpu) you can add a good sized SSD later (250Gb~), a SSD will be one of the best things you can add to a system to make it feel fast even if it's a smaller one now. It will not however have an affect on your games apart from load times.
120GB~ SSD is ok and will take your OS, apps and probably around 4-8 games depending on their size. Personally I wish I had held off till I could afford a 250GB drive and my next build(eventually whenever that is) will have a 512GB / 2x256GB drive.

I can't recommend Seagate HDD's, 1 year warranty is the killer for me. Their price to performance is great though.. Personal choice really(as with everything, you have to prioritize whats most important to you).

A 7970 will be a fair bit better for multi-screen gaming but as you said your gonna do 1 screen for games due to the middle of the screen being obscured by the bezel. If your thinking of going 3 screens then get the 7970.
If your gonna stick with 1 screen, then the 7950 / 7870 should be enough for you to pretty much max any game at 1080 at playable frames(Thinking Crisis 3 or the like)

No argument on the ram though I likes Gskill. 1600Mhz and CL9 is what your looking for.

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Old February 24, 2013, 08:49 AM
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Switch the case to the new Antec GX700, has a pair of 140mm fans, a single 120mm fan and a fan controller, which means better overall cooling than the Enforcer, less work and noise for the CPU and GPU fans, and almost as ugly.

Antec GX-700 ATX CASE W/USB3 15700 - Micro Center
AnandTech - Antec GX700 Case Review: Just What You Can Get For $59.99

For HDD, I'd go for a Seagate Barracuda first, or WD Blue if cheaper, and leave the SSD out of the build for now. You can get an SSD later when you save for it so you can go for a HD7970 and upgrade your PSU to 650W.

The reason is otherwise you'd be stuck with a mid-end Video card and a low capacity SSD and no room to upgrade, and you will give yourself room to do what every self-rig-builder should, overclock your CPU & GPU.

Best video card rebate deal:
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double D 925MHZ 3GB 5.5GHZ DDR5 2XMINI-DP HDMI DVI PCI-E Video Card
Non-rebate:
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC 1000MHZ 3.0GB 5.5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XDP PCI-E Video Card

PSU:
CORSAIR HX series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
Seasonic G Series 650W ATX 80PLUS Gold Modular 120mm Fan Power Supply PSU DC to DC
SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

RAM: 1600 and nothing above $50
Corsair Vengeance Blue Lowprofile 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US - Newegg.com

Luay79, thank you so much for your input!

Regarding your points, I have the following questions:

  1. Why the jump to a 650W PSU? Will 550W not be enough for my current build?
  2. Will not having a SSD at the start cause my games to load any slower or cause any other adverse affects?
  3. Will all those added fans in the case you suggested cause added noise?
  4. Is the jump to the 7970 from the 7950 worth it? Will it help with playing the newest games at high/ultra settings?
  5. Thank you again for all your expertise! I really appreciate it!
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