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First Build - $800, any thoughts?

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June 7, 2013 9:34:58 AM

First off, thanks for your time. I've decided to have a go at my first build and have set myself a fairly flexible budget of what converts to around $800, I'd like to start buying parts this week.

I'd like to use it primarily for games and media streaming. I'm not fussed about ultra settings or anything but would like it to cope reasonably with modern releases. I won't be buying a monitor, I'll hook it up to my TV (37").

I live in China, it's fairly easy to get my hands on the big brand hardware but slightly difficult for anything else (excluding Chinese brands). I'm completely new to this, so if i've forgotten something obvious, apologies. Below are the parts I've chosen any feedback on them would be great. I'm particularly concerned over whether they're all compatible with each other.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/13XEA

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 ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($75.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($127.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master RC-361-KKN1 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $798.58

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June 7, 2013 9:42:45 AM

Your motherboard won't allow you to overclock your CPU.
Either downgrade your CPU to a i5-3570 non-K or upgrade to a board with a Z77 chipset.

Also, I see you have Microcenter as where you are going to buy several of your items. Most Microcenter deals (the CPU deal for sure) require you to pick it up in store. Not sure how you're going to show up in person if you're in China.

Other than that, your build looks pretty good.
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June 7, 2013 10:15:52 AM

As mentioned above get a z77 motherboard, less ram 8GB is tons and get more GPU
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June 7, 2013 10:35:34 AM

Thanks for your help subasteve and spentshells, much appreciated. Overclocking has always had me slightly confused but was looking forward to messing around with it. I'll have a look for a z77 tomorrow, am using the pick a part site which gives me the US stores but it helps to understand the rough pricing and compatibility, then I have to trawl through through the Chinese sites over here and see which parts I can get out here. I bought the RAM on the cheap off of a friend so I'm not sacrificing much money on that. Thanks again
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