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First PC build. Compatibility check/advice much appreciated!

Hi,
This is what I have come up with so far for a gaming rig around $1200. Please let me know if there's any potential issues with what I've chosen, or if you have any suggestions as to what I could do better for a similar price. Any help is much appreciated as I am new to all of this

Mobo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128607
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116896
GPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127707
Memory: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068
SSD for OS: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147247
HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139020

I should also note that I'm not really planning on doing any overclocking. Will the stock CPU cooler suffice?
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More about build compatibility check advice appreciated
  1. Looking good.
    Stock CPU cooler will be good enough if you are not planning to overclock.
  2. A reasonable and compatible build.

    The stock cooler will perform fine.
    Under load, the small fan may spin up and become noisy.
    If noise is an issue, a cm hyper 212 or Xigmatek tower cooler for $30 will be better.

    Consider deferring on the hard drive and use a 240gb ssd instead. It will hold a good number of games. It is easy to add a hard drive later if you will be storing large files such as videos.

    Do you need a DVD drive?
  3. Best answer
    Good build but for $1200 you can build something which has so much more performance than this. Here is what I suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($505.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1158.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 15:57 EST-0500)
  4. geofelt said:
    A reasonable and compatible build.

    The stock cooler will perform fine.
    Under load, the small fan may spin up and become noisy.
    If noise is an issue, a cm hyper 212 or Xigmatek tower cooler for $30 will be better.

    Consider deferring on the hard drive and use a 240gb ssd instead. It will hold a good number of games. It is easy to add a hard drive later if you will be storing large files such as videos.

    Do you need a DVD drive?



    Thanks for the advice. I'll take it into consideration, but I've got a 500GB HDD in my current PC and it's pretty full, so I'd like to have lots of storage. As for the DVD drive, yea I probably should just throw one in. Was thinking of going without, but they're cheap.
  5. Computer__GUY said:
    Good build but for $1200 you can build something which has so much more performance than this. Here is what I suggest:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($208.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($505.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1158.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 15:57 EST-0500)


    Thanks, I'll do some looking around at these parts on Canadian sites. Yea... I'm in Canada so things are either more expensive or I have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping.
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