1st Custom Build - Components Compatible?

Hello! I'm pretty new to PC gaming and this will be my first custom rig. I've been reading tons of forums here and all over the web/magazines to try to get a good grasp but I wanted to be safe by getting the experts to check it over, please.

Here it goes:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $209.99
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid $97.16
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 $119.99
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $84.98
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $88.98
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB $389.99
Case: Cougar Challenger-O (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower $74.99
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $119.99
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98

(Any suggestions on shaving off some dollars without loosing much performance?)

I hope to be playing games such as Half-life, Team Fortress, Titanfall, heavily modded Skyrim (hence the 4GB GPU), ect.

I'd like to try overclocking when I get comfortable with the system. I also plan on adding another HDD for RAID, an SSD for a boot drive, and a blu-ray reader after I get the initial system and start saving up again.

I'm posting to check compatibility, but I'm also worried about the dimensions of the case fitting the CPU cooler, Mobo, and the GPU. Is anything bottle-necking? Is the PSU capable of running the system (if I decide to add another video card?)

Last question - When is the best time to buy. I'm saving up like crazy but I probably won't have enough until late in the year. I'm hoping to take advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales in November. Will this build still be relevant by then? Or should I buy piece by piece?

As for peripherals, I plan on being cheap and asking for a monitor for Christmas...on that note: Recommended monitors? Recommended security/antivirus software?

Sorry for such a long winded post and thanks for all your help! I hope this is in the right place...
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    it won't be relevant by then, the next gen nvidia's might be out, or prices might have dropped sufficiently that you'll want to change the plan. Specific models also may well not be available. SSD's, GPU's are most likely to change in that time.

    With regards to bottlenecking, there is always a bottleneck, but that looks fairly balanced.
  2. So save up the lump sum and go from there when the time comes?
  3. definitely, if you buy in small chunks then you can't test and complain about dead on arrival parts. but certainly be ready to pounce when the sales are on.
  4. Thank you! The wait is going to be tough but it's definitely going to be worth it.
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