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First time Builder- need help with build compatibility

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April 3, 2013 10:59:04 AM

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?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ObUq

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

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

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX 24-bit 96 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)
Total: $1740.74

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?
April 3, 2013 11:12:29 AM

You can save some money on the power supply and get one around 650watts, if you want to get another 7970 in future then stick with that you picked
April 4, 2013 2:53:46 AM

Drop the sound card.
Get cheaper motherboard, like Gigabyte UD3H. Won't make the difference for you.
Get liquid H80, as it's better than H60.
Agree with alvine on the PSU.
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