Processor: i7-3770K - $250
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 - $119
Still undecided on which one
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series HX 650 Watt -$111
VG Card: XFX HD-687A-ZHFC - $149
Any suggestions on the VGA card? I want a XFX for sure but just not sure which one with my gaming rig.
Cases: Any suggestions?
Most of your links don't work, but this is what I'd pick at your bone of a list.
Unfortunately, you missed a lot of the pc parts sales; this cyber monday hasn't been as exciting or good value all around compared to last year. Truth be told, Black Friday in general has been very lack luster for pc parts compared to last year. Most of the stuff that's been on sale were targeted towards the entry or budget minded levels with very few sales on actual performance level, mid tier or higher parts; the few that were went OOS faster than you could click on the links.
Doesn't mean you couldn't find deals.
I would swap out the motherboard for the equvilanent Asrock version for $20 less; its basically the same board and Asus is Asrock. As for RAM, you don't need 16GB, you can go 8GB which is still more than enough for most people and for gaming. Very few games go past 2GB of RAM use, or even 1GB for that matter. I'd also look at the timings when buying the 8GB sticks as many will have much slower timings (cas10 or 11) compared to 9 or less. Does it matter? not really that much in performance drop to the average user. Try to stick with cas9, 1.5v and 1600 speeds; don't need to waste money for anything higher for a budget box for 1 or 2% increase in speed.
The Corsair HX 750w was on sale for $90; just missed that and there are other PSU's to look at even now that won't break the bank. Also for the 6870, you can still find it for $120 AR. The SSD Intel 180GB is in stock for $102 at newegg now unless you want to go for the 240GB size.
You have a crappy video card compared to the rest of your build.
Most people here would tell you to downgrade the processor to a 3570k, and spend at least as much money on the video card as the cpu.
Unless you're not going for a gaming computer, but then you need to tell us.
Compared to a 3770k, yes, his video card is shit.
The AMD 6870 is not a crappy video card; even compared to the rest of his build list. It's one of the best performance/price budget gaming card on the market for the last year. It will still play every new game on high in 1080p with no issues.
Don't be fooled with the idea of "needing" to spend at least as much money on a video card as the cpu. This is a terrible generic way of thinking. I would also assume since the user is on a "gaming" forum, the build is more purpose minded towards this specific task of playing computer games. But you are right and people do look silly if they assume; would need to know what the user expects out of this build as well as budget or any other requirements/restrictions.
As for the advice on downgrading from the i7 3770k to the i5 3570k, in most cases, the value holds true to this statement, however now that most sale prices are back to normal except for the TigerDirect i7 3770k deal for $250, its hard to suggest to downgrade for $30 and loose your HT threads. UNLESS... WongTongSoup lives near a Microcenter and can still pickup in store the i5 3570k for $170, but again, lets assume this as no considering MC only has a handful of stores peppered mostly on the East coast.
As for a case.. Thermaltake Level 10 GT, or the Cooler Master Cosmos. I personally think an expensive case is the way to go.
Each to his own... I personally think the Level 10 GT case is uber ugly, way too heavy, not a lot of room, limited features/upgrade path compared to competition; specially if you want to do water cooling down the road (not something most people need anyhow). At $200, there are way better cases. Silverstone Raven for $160 comes to mind first or the NZXT switch 810 for $170, but you can easily spend half that or even a quarter and still find a box to fill all the parts in with good features and quality for a budget gaming rig.
As for the CM Cosmos, you have to be joking... Beautiful case? Bet your ass. Worth it for $350 when WongTongSoup listed a 6870 in his build? HELL NO. Its also a very featureless case compared to its $300 competitors and its some how has less space internally than the NZXT switch 810 that's half its price! Although every owner will say they love the case, but they are also throwing in a few gpu's and a high end cpu, plus they never plan on moving it once its planted in their rooms being around 50lbs JUST FOR THE CASE!!!
What's sad is that you can't even fit a 4x120mm radiator if you wanted that option; you'd have to cut out a hole and mod the $350 case... with a smile though because you can't show any weakness or shred of self doubt that you were a sucker in the first place for a blonde of a case that doesn't have a whole much else going for it.
Anyhow, here's a list you could start with; pick and choose what you want, but this is a base line.PCPartPicker part listCPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
($249.99 @ TigerDirect) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
($14.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
($99.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
($19.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($69.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
($102.98 @ Newegg) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card
($158.99 @ Newegg) Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
($99.88 @ Outlet PC) Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
($89.99 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
($15.99 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)
($79.98 @ Outlet PC) Total:
$1002.76(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 14:57 EST-0500)
The only thing I will mention with this list of what I omitted out when talking about your list above: memory, video card and case.
Like I said above, the memory is a no thrills base level 8GB (2x4GB) set that will be enough for most people. Still cas9, 1.5v and 1600 speed. If you want to spend double for the 16GB sets, go ahead since they are cheap right now.
For video card, I bumped you up to the 7850 1GB card and its about the same speed as the older GTX 570. The down side is that you only get 1GB of VRAM, but in terms of performance/price and a tier above the cheaper 6870 1GB, this is the next best thing. Although, you did miss the 7850 2GB for $150 and the GTX 560 ti 448 for $140, but those were flash sales. I would also check out the GTX 660 vanilla 2GB
for $190 @ NCIX now. Its a little bit faster than the 7850 for $30 more with double the VRAM. It's also the ASUS OC version with an aftermarket two fan cooler. Anything beyond this is a $50+ price jump to the next tier.
As for cases, this is a huge topic upon to itself. Budget and features will dictate what you want since there's so much on the market from the cheap $30 boxes all the way up to the $700 silverstones. For a $1000 budget box, I always recommend the NZXT Phantom's for $100ish; they look good, comes with lots of great features, USB 3.0 now and comes with 4 fans stock (good fans to boot since NZXT makes their own). The other value boxes I'd recommend first or second as well would be the Cooler Master HAF series, such as the $100 922 or the $140 932; even the $60 912 is a great case.
But don't forget to look around. $80 NZXT Phantom 410
, $82 Corsair 400R
, $85 Cooler Master CM 690 II
, $90 Antec Eleven Hundred
, or the $133 Silverstone RV03B raven
; plus many many more in this price range.