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July 11, 2013 9:32:22 PM

Hey guys, I was building my first gaming pc and I wanted to be sure I wasn't making huge beginner mistakes so I felt I should ask the awesome Community of Tom's Hardware. What would you guys change about this build (specifically motherboard and a case because I'm lost in those departments).

Optical Drive -ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM -$20
HDD - Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM - $70
Video Card - EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2774-KR GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card - $419
PSU - CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC - $130
Memmory - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $75
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme6/TB4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $170
CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 - $220
Cpu cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO - $35

I Appreciate any and all responses and would love your opinions! (all prices above from Newegg)

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July 11, 2013 9:46:46 PM
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To be honest the build is fine. ASRock board are great, although i have had minimal experience with them, Depending on what features you want gigabyte can be a bit more reliable in the long run. Also with the PSU are you planning on future upgrades eg. SLI? because if not then you could save a little by going for a 650w, that's just basing on my countries pricing not sure how cheap/ closely price they are where you live.
If you are going with a build like that, pretty high end, then you should probably have enough money for an SSD, may aswell build a good all round system when first building rather than having to do maintenance later.
Lastly Case is personal opinion, just make sure to buy one with good cable management and do cable management well the first time round, your name doesn't help you on this :p .

Hope this helps.
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July 11, 2013 9:51:58 PM

jakewat97 said:
To be honest the build is fine. ASRock board are great, although i have had minimal experience with them, Depending on what features you want gigabyte can be a bit more reliable in the long run...
Hope this helps.


I just want to be sure upgrades are a possibility, and I wasn't sure about SSD's, but now I think I'll get one. You definitely helped me become more confident with my build.

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