Building my first computer(Advice needed)

Hello guys. While I've been researching information for building my computer this site has come up a lot so I decided to post here. Right now I use a crappy laptop for my gaming. I'm tired of having everything set to low and still lagging. So I decided to get a new computer. I've never built one before but after looking around online I think I will be able to manage putting one together. My problem is I'm not sure about all the different hardware. I've decided to do one of two builds I found on youtube. If you guys could I'd like to know how much of a noticeable difference there will be and any other suggestions. I'm trying to keep a budget around $1300 but I'm will to go to $1500 if its worth it. I'll be need a monitor and os as well.

Intel Core i5-3570K Processor:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler:
Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Graphics Card:
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard:
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 Memory:
128GB Samsung 830 Series SSD:
600W Corsair CX600 Power Supply:
Corsair Carbide 300R Case:


Intel Core i5-4670K Processor:
Corsair H80i CPU Cooler:
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H Motherboard:
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Graphics Card:
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 Memory:
120GB Samsung 840 Series SSD:
1TB Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drive:
750W Corsair TX750M Power Supply:
Fractal Design Define R4 Case:

There they are. The computer will probably be used for gaming 90% of they time.
Thank you for anyone who takes the time to respond.
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  1. there will be a noticeable difference. go for the second build. It will be better from the cpu alone. it has a better power supply and a much better graphic card. but if you want it to handle games even better go for a higher clock speed on the ram. like 2133mhz or something. hope this helps :D
  2. Where do u live? Are you going to Overclock? Lastly at what resolution do u plan to game on? 1080 or 1440? Budget of $1500 we can put something good together!

    Check this build and see if you like it. You can change depending on price and what you prefer, give or take.
  4. The 770 in the second build is really worth it. The step from 3570k to 4570k? Not as big a difference, and I had a lot of luck overclocking my 3570k, so its unlikely that you'll be CPU bound on anything for gaming. You could step up to a beefier air cooler if you want to test its O/C limit. I'm using the Noctua NH-D14 in the Corsair Carbide 300R case. You should be able to get it to 4.3 without overvolting at all.
  5. Not sure about overclocking haven't looked into much yet. The video I was watching said this build was overclockable so I probably will end up trying it out sometime down the road. As for the monitor I'll probably just go 1080 for now as I assume they would be cheaper. As far as the air cooler goes what would you suggest? One of those is a closed water loop would the only way to step it up to do a custom one? Thanks for all the suggestions guys!
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