New Build - First Time

This is going to be my first build. I've researched all my parts and I will most likely be purchasing within a week or more. I decided to share my build before build for any last minute changes, my friend recommended this site. My budget is around €1100. Here's the current build:

Motherboard: Msi p67a-GD53

CPU: Intel Core I5-2500k

Graphics Card: Gainward GTX 570 Phantom

Case: Coolermaster HAF X

SSD: 64gb Crucial M4

PSU: Corsair HX750w

RAM: Corsair Vengence 8gb DDR3 1600Mhz

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Processor Cooling: Be Quiet! Dark Rock Advanced

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

Soundcard: Asus Xonar DX 7.1

OD: LG GH22NS50

Monitor: BenQ ew2420

Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder x6


I read many magazine's Hardware and Custom built pc's, and I watch reviews on components on YouTube. I really don't mind changes on the optical drive and hard disk, but the ones I've chosen are good value. That cooler is not available in the US by the way. And the case, the HAF X, I think it's ugly, but I like it's size and the airflow. Games I will be play include Metro 2033, Battlefield 3, the Crysis series, CS:S, Mass Effect 2, Half Life 2, Fear series, Deus Ex series, Portal 2, TES series and more.

Thanks for reading and feel free to give tips on building my machine seeing that it is my first time.
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  1. Overall your build looks very good and I don’t see any problems. Make sure that they memory that you select is 1.5v or lower as Corsair has 1.5 and 1.65. Also since I am not familiar with the cooler that you have posted watch your temperatures with the Intel Core i5-2500K.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  2. IntelEnthusiast said:
    Overall your build looks very good and I don’t see any problems. Make sure that they memory that you select is 1.5v or lower as Corsair has 1.5 and 1.65. Also since I am not familiar with the cooler that you have posted watch your temperatures with the Intel Core i5-2500K.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team


    Thanks for your advice, well appreciated :)
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