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Building first rig, looking for reassurance for choice of parts

Hey everyone,

I am building my first gaming rig but come from a software background with little hardware experience. Just looking for some feedback on my choice of parts; reassurance that they will all work well together and maybe any changes you would make to my selection.

My cart so far on newegg is as follows...


CPU: intel i5-3570k Quad core

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77, ATX

GPU: ASUS GTX 660 Ti, 3gb (perhaps SLI in the future)

CPU cooling: CORSAIR H60 water cooler

HDD: seagate barracuda, 1tb, 7200rpm, 64mb cache

SSD: ADATA premier pro SP600, 64gb

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X series, 8gb DDR3 2400

PSU: Thermaltake SMART series 750W

Case: Rosewill Galaxy-03


Thanks for your help!

~Brandon
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  1. Budget?
    Are you overclocking?
    Where are you buying from?
  2. realchaos said:
    Budget?
    Are you overclocking?
    Where are you buying from?


    I am looking to spend <= $1,500. My grand total on NewEgg.ca right now is about $1,300 with taxes and shipping. And yes, I do plan on overclocking (mainly the CPU).

    Edit: I am a broke student and would prefer to spend the least I can without cheaping out on parts/performance. $1,500 is my limit, but even $1,300 is already pushing my budget.
  3. Best answer
    If you're willing to use other websites, you can definitely go with this:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($236.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Memory Express)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ NCIX)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($404.00 @ Canada Computers)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $1331.65
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-01 17:34 EDT-0400)

    -Overclocks much, much better.
    -Able to SLI.
    -Double the SSD space.
    -Much better quality case and psu.
    -Extremely stronger gpu. A single GTX 770 can max out any games on 1080p.
    -Newer Haswell chip.
  4. realchaos said:
    If you're willing to use other websites, you can definitely go with this:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($236.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Memory Express)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ NCIX)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($404.00 @ Canada Computers)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $1331.65
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-01 17:34 EDT-0400)

    -Overclocks much, much better.
    -Able to SLI.
    -Double the SSD space.
    -Much better quality case and psu.
    -Extremely stronger gpu. A single GTX 770 can max out any games on 1080p.
    -Newer Haswell chip.


    Thanks, I had not seen PCPartPicker before, but ordering from different sources is quite the advantage as ordering all those parts from NewEgg would run me $1,600!
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