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First time Builder- need help with build compatibility

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April 1, 2013 6:02:54 PM

I have little knowledge on building a new computer and am running a really old dell right now. I have successfully changed my video card and memory on that computer but I think they was a lot easier than a complete new build. I have done a lot of research on different parts and this is what I came up with. I like the cpu, motherboard, and case. Are they good picks?

CPU
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler
Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage
Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card(I am looking at the GTX 670 but do not know the difference between the different companies for example Gigabyte vs. EVGA)

Sound Card
Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card

Wired Network Adapter
Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter

Case
NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case

Power Supply
Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive
Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit)


My questions are does all these parts make sense with one another(compatibility)? I am looking for a gaming computer that will allows for substantial upgrades in the future but still play games like Battlefield 3 on high settings now and in the future Battlefield 4. I know the PSU is a little much but am looking to SLI in the future and I believe that motherboard has that option. I do not know a lot about good cpu coolers, power supplies(so just went with a 80 plus platinum certified), or optical drives. Which are the best for what I am looking for?

Another question is how hard is it to install the CPU Cooler especially liquid cooled?
April 1, 2013 6:11:12 PM

It's a good build overall. However, you could save plenty of money (around $200) if you just got the i5-3570K with a Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler. The i5 performs similar to the i7 when overclocked above 4 Ghz (and it is very capable of doing so).

You could use that $200 to buy a 120 GB SSD which would make the computer more responsive + faster boot times. Sound cards aren't that necessary unless you want the absolute top-end gaming experience.
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