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PC Noob here with first build - will be needing advice/recommendations

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June 14, 2013 3:32:35 PM

This will be my first ever PC build. I have basically zero experience with building a PC, so I'm spending a ridiculous amount of time on research. I'm a pretty quick learner, however, and I'm starting to get a grasp on some things. I'll list what I think I would like in my build, and you can critique it as you see fit. I'll either edit this post or add a reply when I come up with a new question.

I'm trying to keep the build, minus the monitor/peripherals, around $1200-$1400. I'm building around my goal of playing BF3 and BF4 (when it comes out) on high/ultra settings with good FPS (60+ avg maybe?). I'm coming from xbox 360, so I'm sure almost anything will be a big improvement. I don't do anything with video editing. Besides typical college school work, I do 2d drafting and 3d modeling with AutoCAD and Solidworks.

The build as of now:

Cooler Master HAF 932 advanced case
Intel i5 4670k
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-DH3 motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2x4gb) DDR3 1866
EVGA GTX 770 w/ ACX cooler
XFX Pro Series 1050W PSU
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1tb 7200rpm HDD
Plextor M5S 128gb SSD
Lite-On DVD/CD writer

Current questions:

The case - No particular reason for choosing this case other than I really like the idea of large fans running at lower RPM. I'm open to suggestions - I have no interest in aesthetics, only utility. I also don't mind a large case, but I'm not experienced enough to know when there may be clearance issues with a smaller case.

CPU - seems to be a good fit for what I do. From my research, the HT ability of the i7 would be of little advantage for my intended use, correct?

Motherboard - any comments or recommendations are helpful. I'm not quite sure what I need here other than matching the board to the processor and having enough slots. The one I picked seems to have everything I need.... I think. :D 

PSU - Not sure what wattage I need. I've looked at the calculators, but they have too many options that I don't know the answers to. I want a little space to grow, because once I have more funds available, I'm considering adding another GTX 770 using SLI. Recommendations are welcome. I don't plan on doing a liquid cooling upgrade, unless it's required if I use 2 GPUs in the future.

Overclocking - I don't plan on doing this without help and much more research, but I want to keep my options open. Overclocking is possible with the chosen parts, correct? (not sure about the MB)

As far as cooling goes, is the Hyper 212 Evo, along with my case fans, sufficient?

Sorry for the lengthy post, but I tried to make it as readable as possible. As stated, I am a complete PC noob, and I've assembled this list on about 4 days of non-stop research thus far. Please give any advice or recommendations that you feel would be helpful. It is all very much appreciated.




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June 14, 2013 4:15:09 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX ProSeries P1-1050-BEFX 1050W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

For 770's in SLI ^
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June 14, 2013 5:10:37 PM

The best SSDs on the market currently are the OCZ Vector, the Samsung 840 Pro, the Plextor M5S, and the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe. The Corsair Neutron and ADATA SPG9000 are supposed to be pretty good as well.
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June 15, 2013 9:17:55 PM

Thanks for the recommendations. I did a little research XFX and it seems like a solid PSU. It was also on sale plus a mail in rebate on Newegg, so I went ahead and ordered it. Also, the Plextor M5S seems like a good value. I put that on my list, also. Much appreciated, fellas!
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June 15, 2013 9:20:21 PM

Don't forget to choose a Best Solution when opening a question thread,the forum members will appreciate that.

Enjoy your build.
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