Advice Needed On a First Time Gaming PC Build

Hi everyone,

I'm new to building PCs and have done a decent amount of searching and researching to find parts that are hopefully compatible with each other and have the most value for their cost. I have to say this site is godsent and I'd be crap out of luck without it. Thanks a bunch!

Anyway, I was looking for some advice on whether or not these parts are quality, for their price, and if they will play nice with each other. I'm hoping to stay below $1000, preferably capped at $800-900 budget (minus keyboard, mouse, OS, and monitor), but I have no qualms if the price exceeds the range a little, or is lower.

I'm hoping to build a PC that can run modern/upcoming games well, on max or near max settings. The build seems a bit pricier than I originally planned, but i'm hoping that this rig will run well for the years to come.

Here's my current setup in theory (I did not purchase anything yet):
Prices aren't exact but they're very close
CPU: Intel i5-3570k $190 at microcenter
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850 $160 at microcenter
Motherboard: A-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Motherboard $80 at microcenter
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz $90 at newegg
Storage: WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM $55 on amazon
(the black version of the WD 1 tb hard drive is more expensive, it's $90. I've read reviews that blue isn't reliable, but it is cheaper.)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm SSD $80 on amazon
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower $60 at newegg
Power Supply: Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W 12v $55 at newegg
*Not sure what to do about coolers and fans and such. Would the stock ones on the Cooler Master be fine?
Estimated Total: $860

I'm wondering if the additional SSD drive would be necessary, I've only ever used HDD, but I've heard that the difference in start up time and loading is well worth the additional cost.

I could use some advice on the above mentioned rig, and any/all responses will be greatly appreciated.
Good websites, good models, good brands, etc
I'm a noobicake at this...

Thanks guys!
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  1. only thing I would suggest is a xfx 600w psu or by another brand, don´t want to go cheap on hte psu
  2. you'll be fine with the included fans... no reason for much more in that setup.
    as far as the CPU, you'll want to grab at least the hyper 212 evo CPU heatsink... so you can overclock your CPU. otherwise there's no reason for a K series, save some money and get a regular i5.

    i wouldn't worry about the blue... since you'll be putting your OS on the SSD, the blue wont see nearly as much work. I think it will be fine.
    I have a 2tb WD blue that's had no problems a year in... and i run virtualmachines off of it.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Killer ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($319.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $976.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-30 12:53 EDT-0400)
  4. Thanks for the replies! The price is a bit high and if there's anything to cheap out on, as long as it doesn't mercilessly wreck the rig, I'm all for it. As far as the 3570k, I don't think I will be overclocking anything, I'll probably go with I5 4570 or something then. Thanks for the heads up!
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