First Build Help Please?

Hi all - this is a build I've been working on. Any glaring mistakes or things I should order that I'll need to complete this build? Is the power enough at 600w? Any tips on how to make this a better gaming build - or even things I can tone down and get the same performance?



SAMSUNG Internal Slim 8x DVD Writer SATA Model SN-208DB/BEBE - OEM
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Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.81 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($294.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1588.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 20:34 EDT-0400)

    This would be a more suitable build.
  2. I would just get the Blue over the Blacks. The blacks are not faster when comparing the 1tb models. (a 2tb or 4tb black is faster than the blue/black 1tb). They only offer a longer warranty

    3770k is not needed for gaming yet though it will be slightly more future proof.
  3. SHORYUKEN said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.81 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($294.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1588.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 20:34 EDT-0400)

    This would be a more suitable build.


    Pretty sure the OP wants an mITX build :P
  4. stickmansam said:
    SHORYUKEN said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.81 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($294.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1588.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 20:34 EDT-0400)

    This would be a more suitable build.


    Pretty sure the OP wants an mITX build :P


    I don't know, he may reconsider :lol:
  5. I really like the small case from silverstone - so I'm going to stick with that & the small motherboard + Corsair H80i. I've been thinking about taking it down to an K series i5 and some version of the 660 to shave off a few bucks - but then again, if I'm going to do build something and get back into gaming I want to do it right the fist time. Will be playing Bioshock Infinite, WoW, Diablo III and Borderlands. Any pitfalls you guys see in the build?
  6. Don't get the H80i. If you are looking for cool, slick looks, get a Phantek. Not the 660, please. If this is a gaming build, put your money where you should; the card.
  7. SHORYUKEN said:
    stickmansam said:
    SHORYUKEN said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.81 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($294.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1588.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 20:34 EDT-0400)

    This would be a more suitable build.


    Pretty sure the OP wants an mITX build :P


    I don't know, he may reconsider :lol:


    Anonymous said:
    I really like the small case from silverstone - so I'm going to stick with that & the small motherboard + Corsair H80i. I've been thinking about taking it down to an K series i5 and some version of the 660 to shave off a few bucks - but then again, if I'm going to do build something and get back into gaming I want to do it right the fist time. Will be playing Bioshock Infinite, WoW, Diablo III and Borderlands. Any pitfalls you guys see in the build?


    Just the minor tweak in HDD to save cash vs longer warranty

    Maybe change the CPU to i5 if you want to save some cash but again i7 will have a slightly longer lifespan

    Maybe drop to 8gig, pretty much any game will run fine and you can upgrade pretty easy in the future
  8. Awesome, thanks Stickmansam! Lastly - are there any tools, cables, drugs I should buy before putting this beast together (first time builder returning to gaming after 5 years off).
  9. You could invest in some sugary drinks if a problem pops up and keeps you up :P

    Most stuff right now can be done by screwdrivers.

    The PSU should be bundled with some zip ties to do cable management

    You probably know your stuff ;) but here is a simple basic guide
    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/04/how-to-build-your-own-computer-ask-ars-diy-series-part-i/
    http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2011/04/ask-ars-computer-building-diy-series-part-ii-software/

    H80i may be the only option in a small case, though there are some lowish profile air coolers, AIO may be the better option

    Stick with the 670 IMO, if tight on money, rather drop the CPU to 3570k than cut GPU to a 660
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