First Build Gaming PC


I am looking to build my first gaming PC, and I am hoping to keep the cost near $1000 (includes cost of OS). After some research, I came up with the following parts list:

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.65 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($205.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1026.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 23:40 EST-0500)

So on a scale of 1-10, how does this build look for the price? I appreciate the input!!
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    good pick on the 4670k (also just bought it)
    Asus us a good brand and the z87 will allow you to OC should you desire it
    8gb is plenty of ram for gaming (although and this is nit picking, I would go with a lower Mhz and low the CAS instead, lower is better on CAS btw ;))
    Good pick on the SSD

    Basically yeah man, everything looks pretty good to me. The GPU is relative, depends what games you plan on playing with it.

    Since you're going with the K model of the CPU, it leaves you room to pick up an aftermarket CPU cooler in the future to overclock too
  2. Lower CAS and lower price, again it's nit picking because it's not going to make any noticable difference IMO
  3. Not sure if it's true or not but I just read a little into using 1.6v RAM with haswell and one poster stated that using 1.6v RAM voids the warranty on your CPU.

    Not sure how reliable that info is though, might be something to look into

    -confirmed it. The Ram I specified in the previous post is 1.5v and has lower CAS ;). Use 1.5v RAM
  4. I don't mind the nit picking at all! I would rather get it right the first time.

    I also had never heard that a 1.6v RAM could void the CPU warranty. It is certainly something that I will look into just for my own sake, but just to play on the safe side, I'll use your suggested G.Skill RAM. Thanks!
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