Could someone tell me how this build looks?

Hello everyone,

This will be my first build. I've done a good amount of research and looked on the forms for suggestions. So far, this is what i've come up with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($7.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($187.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1498.97

I got quite lucky on newegg combos for this build, and I hope to ship some of the components tonight. However, I would like to hear what people think of it, and if there's anything worth changing? Any final suggestions before I buy?
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  1. That build looks great! Price seems good and you have a well balanced overall build.
  2. There's something I would change but heck, that's just my own preference.

    Unless you specifically want the low response time of that monitor, I'd go with an IPS one like this
  3. Everything looks real good except for the Samsung 840 120GB. Note the write speed is about 120MB/s which is in HDD area for speed. I recommend either the Samsung 840 Pro
    Note you have triple the writing speed for only $30 odd dollars extra. Or the
    Double the speed and capacity at only $70 more.
  4. Thanks for the responses :D

    EzioAs -- yeah, that monitor does look better... But it does say 3D and i'm wondering if i'm paying a premium for that feature? (Which i'd probably rarely use)

    Also, babernet, how much of a difference would the 840 Pro make? I planned to use the SSD mostly for a boot drive/ some applications -- which I would assume uses a lot more reading than writing to the drive... but do you think that the difference would be significant? Also, is the better built to last longer?

    I also had a question about windows 7 vs 8. Personally, I like the appearance of windows 7 better, but for future compatibility, maybe I should go with windows 8? From what i've heard, Microsoft is already making a Win.8 service pack to make up for some complaints, and windows 8 also boots much more quickly? Any suggestions would be appreciated
  5. As for the Samsung SSD, I'd really recommend the 840 250GB. Believe me, you will fill that 120GB in no time. In fact, for me, I'll be getting a 500GB Samsung 840 and NO HDD. My present computer, which is about five years old, has a puny 360GB HDD that isn't even full.

    The 840 PRO is both faster and has a better quality memory cell which has a longer life too. However, with a large SDD you won't be writing to each cell so often. So for a Samsung, I'd recommend a big one so you won't put so much wear on it. As for the speed, I think the 120GB/s of the 120GB 840 will be noticeably slower than the PRO or larger models.
  6. Oh, Windows 8. Yes it is faster, more secure, more updated etc. But has a crappy interface. This is easily solved with patches you can get from third parties. Also 8.1 is coming, which I think addresses this idiotic problem. So definitely, go Windows 8.
  7. As of now, i've shipped almost everything (except the PSU).... is the one i've got here adequate, or should I look for another one...
  8. Yes, the PSU you have there is good.
  9. Ok, thanks, Ill go ahead and order it :D
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