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Building my own computer for the first time. Did some research and came up with this list.

Hello everyone!

I am building a computer to do a little bit of everything, soft core gaming (maybe some fps but nothing too high quality), watching videos, using photoshop, office, and some music software. I usually run multiple programs at once, and like to keep my computer busy. I would like to use a pretty high resolution on my screen maybe a 27 inch monitor.

I made a list on newegg and I came up with this:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan,1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F128GBGS-BK 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Seagate Pipeline HD ST1000VM002 1TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12NS30 - OEM

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

As you can see I would like to have both a SSD and a regulard HDD. I am a rookie when it comes to most of this stuff, but I did do some research to make sure stuff fits. Is anything on this list not compatible? Will I need more than 4gb of RAM? Will the graphics card run a newer game on decent settings? Is any of this stuff overkill for what I am trying to do?

Thanks for looking over my post I appreciate any responses, and have a good day.
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    You really should have 8GB. Especially with Photoshop and all the things you like to do. Make sure it is 2X4GB in case you later want to go with 16GB.
  2. It looks OK to me.
    Yes, 2x4 GB would be better (if installing x64 Windows) and I'd choose a 550-600 W power supply.
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KE6l
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KE6l/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KE6l/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.21 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $971.11
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-04 01:22 EDT-0400)
  4. Great! Thanks for the input guys.
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