Can I get an expert?

OK everyone, building a gaming machine for the first time after not paying attention to the new tech for about 5 years. I did my homework to put this list together, but between being out of the loop and being a building noob I'd like a check over from someone who knows. Already have the GPU because a friend sold it to me cheap, but the rest is in the air, so let me know if I missed any details small or large. Here goes.

CPU - i7 3770k
MB - Asus P8Z77-V
RAM - Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600, 8GB (for now)
Case - NZXT Source 210
PSU - Thermatalke TR2 600W
GPU - EVGA GTX 670 Superclocked w/ 4GB
HDD - WD Caviar Black 1TB
OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

For the most part I think I got the bigs right, so someone chime in with the nigglers if I missed any. I know my mobo and CPU are matched correctly and I've got the right type of RAM, my mobo has PCI-e 3.0 support for the 670 and Sata III for the HDD and a possible SSD. Not planning to overclock at first, not sure about the future, so other than filling some of the case fan slots I'm not worried about cooling right now. My worry is more or less that I'm going to start putting this together and discover that I don't have the right number or type of connectors between my PSU, mobo, and everything else. One of the experts want to lay my fears to rest or tell me what I need to change, or did I get it right on try one?

Thanks, everyone,


Let's try this again.

i5 3570k
Asus P8Z77-V
CB Sport DDR3 1600, 8GB
Corsair Carbide 200R
Corsair Builder CX600
GTX 670
Caviar Black (already have it)
Windows 7
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  1. Looks great. You will have no problems with cables, the mobo will come with one or two SATA cables and the PSU will have all of the power cables you need
  2. An i7 MIGHT be overkill depending on what you're planning on doing. From what you've said, you're building this strictly for gaming. An i5 and an i7 are identical when it comes to gaming, with the i7 having no edge over the i5. Also, I would look into getting a different PSU, as that one is not energy efficient and may not be built of the highest qualities. Have a look at these:

    Although more expensive, these would be a much better choice in your rig.

    On an unrelated note, I would also take a look at the Corsair 200r case, it runs around 10USD more than the Source 210, but its very nice :) (fanboy alert)
  3. Best answer
    Couple of thoughts:
    • The 3570K performs much the same as the 3770K when gaming.
    • P8Z77-V is usually overpriced; there's little point in going for anything above a GA-Z77X-D3H or Z77 Extreme4.
    • ThermalTake's PSUs aren't the greatest. A 500W+ unit from one of the brands in my sig is my advice.
    • WD Black drives are usually overpriced; cheaper 7200RPM drives perform much the same.
    • Try and get an SSD; it'll make your system much snappier.

    EDIT: This for the PSU; no point in anything more if you're not SLI/CFing, and you'll want at least 750W if you are:
  4. You can get cheaper 3570k to 1155 build or 4670k to new 1150 build.
    But if you want the 3770k (it is old) 4770k is new.
    SSD is missing. PSU is not the best one. CPU cooler is missing. You can make this build better.
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