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First time homebuilt gaming PC, thankful for some advice.

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June 21, 2013 3:02:00 PM

Greetings.

I am about to try to build my first homebuilt gaming pc, and have done a fair deal of research, but before I buy anything I hope you could give me a few pointers.

PC is going to be used primarily for gaming, no need to maximize everything though.
Budget around $1000-1500
No monitor, keyboard etc needed.
I'm located in Sweden.

These are the parts I've come up with so far:

Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4 GHz (Ivy Bridge)
MSI Z77A-G43 ATX
Corsair 16GB (4x4096MB) CL9 1600Mhz VENGEANCE
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2048MB OC
Fractal Design Define R4 Svart
Samsung SSD Kit 840-Series 120GB
1TB WD Caviar Blue
Fractal Design Integra R2 650W 80+ Bronze
DVD±RW ASUS DRW-24B5ST SATA Retail

I don't know anything about overclocking, so i won't be needing a CPU-cooler, but went with the K-processor and Z77 chipset since I might decide to learn someday.

My questions are the following:
Are these parts compatible with eachother?
Unsure about the PSU... is it enough/of a decent quality?
Am I missing something else?

Also I heard something about that it might be better to go with the Z87 chipset and an 4770K instead for better possibility for further upgrades down the road. Is that something that I should consern myself with, with the needs that I have?

Thanks in advance!
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June 21, 2013 3:11:57 PM

The ivry bridge CPU and mb are a dead slot now. Intel switched over to 1150 pin CPU (haswell) a few weeks ago. The new slot be around for Broadwell refresh in about 18 to 24 months. The downside right now is most retail haswells are not great over clocking CPU. There fine at stock speed and voltages but get hot real fast when trying to over clock them. Next week the nvidia 760 line of gpu is dropping you may want see where the 760/770 fall in price and speed with the 600 gpu.
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