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First time planning on custom desktop. Need help with compatibility

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July 3, 2013 7:32:17 PM

So hi guys! This is my very first post and I would like to know from you awesome people if my desired parts would be compatible.

CPU:Intel® Core™ i5-3570K Processor(6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme6

Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8gb 1600 (12800CL9D-SR2)2x4

Video Card: 2x Asus GTX660Ti OC 2gb Ddr5 192bit

Audio Card: ASUS XONAR DSX 7.1 PCI-E

Casing: Huntkey Blackstorm H202

Power Supply: Huntkey APFC 600w
July 3, 2013 8:01:23 PM

I would get a better PSU. Preferably 750W. May I ask why you are not going with Haswell? Or why your not going with GTX 760? Other than that your build looks good. ASRock is newer to the mobo scene than other vendors. I would stick with the big three for the motherboards: Asus, Gigabyte and Msi. This ASRock mobo does not have a price advantage to the other three vendors.
July 3, 2013 8:07:17 PM

basch99 said:
I would get a better PSU. Preferably 750W. May I ask why you are not going with Haswell? Or why your not going with GTX 760? Other than that your build looks good. ASRock is newer to the mobo scene than other vendors. I would stick with the big three for the motherboards: Asus, Gigabyte and Msi. This ASRock mobo does not have a price advantage to the other three vendors.


Oh right I forgot to mention that my budget ain't really high so I can't really get a newer CPU and video card. However, I will take your suggestion of changing my motherboard to Asus Z77 Sabertooth and the PSU to CoolerMaster GX Series 750w. Will those new components still be compatible?
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July 3, 2013 8:22:16 PM
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Z77 sabertooth is kinda overkill, but it has that sexy thermal armor thing :-) It will also provide great overclocking abilities. Alternatively, you could consider the P8Z77-V for 60 dollars less. I have that mobo and I can tell you it works great. Alternatively, you could build a smaller but still bad ass rig built around the ASUS Maximus V Gene which will allow you to build into a smaller case like the Obsidian 350D. It has high quality components. Cooler Master PSU are middle of the line; I would go with Corsair or Seasonic. The Corsair HX750 is a great PSU (I have this PSU) It's available for 124.99 dollars and comes with a nice 7 year warranty and is much more efficient; (80 PLUS Gold certified vs Bronze certified). For not much more, I would get the HX750. It's also has semi modular cables for easier cable management. Now for the video card. I understand that you want the GTX 660Ti for the Metro Last Light promo, but the GTX 760 performs better for about 30 dollars cheaper both together. Due to the better bandwidth, the GTX 760 is actually faster than the GTX 660Ti. With the money saved, you could wait for a steam sale to grab Metro Last Light. Kepler is more prone to memory bandwidth than CUDA core count. I would take a better bandwidth over more CUDA cores. Hope this helps tremendously.
July 3, 2013 8:34:52 PM

basch99 said:
Z77 sabertooth is kinda overkill, but it has that sexy thermal armor thing :-) It will also provide great overclocking abilities. Alternatively, you could consider the P8Z77-V for 60 dollars less. I have that mobo and I can tell you it works great. Alternatively, you could build a smaller but still bad ass rig built around the ASUS Maximus V Gene which will allow you to build into a smaller case like the Obsidian 350D. It has high quality components. Cooler Master PSU are middle of the line; I would go with Corsair or Seasonic. The Corsair HX750 is a great PSU (I have this PSU) It's available for 124.99 dollars and comes with a nice 7 year warranty and is much more efficient; (80 PLUS Gold certified vs Bronze certified). For not much more, I would get the HX750. It's also has semi modular cables for easier cable management. Now for the video card. I understand that you want the GTX 660Ti for the Metro Last Light promo, but the GTX 760 performs better for about 30 dollars cheaper both together. Due to the better bandwidth, the GTX 760 is actually faster than the GTX 660Ti. With the money saved, you could wait for a steam sale to grab Metro Last Light. Kepler is more prone to memory bandwidth than CUDA core count. I would take a better bandwidth over more CUDA cores. Hope this helps tremendously.


Yes indeed I have taken the GTX 760 into consideration but that card isn't available in my country(Philippines) yet. Thanks a lot for the tips!
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