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My first stab at a custom gaming PC; will it work?

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May 1, 2012 9:47:32 AM

Just looking for input for my first custom PC. Here's what I got.

Gaming and light applications
Dual monitors @ 1920x1080 (only one will be used for gaming at a time)
Games should be playable at high to ultra settings
Games will include Diablo 3, Star Craft 2 HotS, Sid Meier's Civilization V, Total War Shogun 2, and newer RTS as they release over the next 2 years (estimate).

Motherboard: Gigabyte H61M-S2PV LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX 1333 Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Processor
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX560 Ti 448 Cores FTW 1280 MB GDDR5 012-P3-2066-KR
RAM: Corsair 8 GB 1333mhz PC3-10666 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 - CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
Case: Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 No Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Case
Primary Storage: Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2
Secondary Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX
ODD: LG UH12LS28K LightScribe 12x SATA Blu-Ray Combo Internal Drive
PSU: Lifetime Series Pro 750W PSU
Card Reader: Rosewill RDCR-11003 74-in-1 USB3.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/USB Port
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

My question is, will this build physically fit and work together? Also, if I did have some extra cash, where should I invest it in for the most optimized performance gain? As it stands today, this build will cost me about 1200 USD.

I am planning to overclock my CPU in the future if it becomes necessary. I do not plan to overclock my GPU past the factory overclock.

As an additional question, does anyone know if I can install this copy of Windows 7 with my LG blu-ray drive? Will I have any problems, or should I get a DVD ODD as well to be safe?
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May 1, 2012 10:04:24 AM

Yes. The system would work.

However, the power supply you have chosen is a poor choice.
This one is by far superior in quality:

The 560 TI is a good card, but a Radeon 6870 can step right up to it in performance at a cheaper price typically.

BlueRay optical disk drives support DVD/CD-Roms as well, so you shouldn't have a problem installing your OS.
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May 1, 2012 10:08:30 AM

italiasian said:
If you are planing to overclock, the h61 platform will not allow you to overclock, get a z77 mother board [url/]]Gigabyte z77 DH3" target="_blank">

Ehh, guess I should have looked at that better, yea.. H61 is a no no. Good eye. Z68 Asrock Gen 3 is a good budget board.
May 1, 2012 10:12:36 AM

that works too. also he is looking at the 560 ti 448 not the regular ti, the the 448 out powers the 6870.
May 1, 2012 10:17:36 AM

Thank you for the quick replies, I didn't know about the motherboard. And thanks on the PSU advice!
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May 1, 2012 10:19:52 AM

You're welcome, yea italisian is right about the 560 448. As far as the power supply, thats a common mistake first-timers make. Buying great quality parts and powering them with a no-name PSU. The problem with low quality power supplies is they go emo and commit murder suicide on all those nice shiney parts.
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May 1, 2012 10:20:14 AM

Everything above.

However, you can make a few price adjustments. You do NOT need 750W, and never will with that type of system.

ASRock Z77 pro 3


Good - Rosewill RG530

Better - Antec Neo Eco 520W

Best buy - Seasonic S12II 520

Best PSU
Seasonic X series 560W
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May 1, 2012 10:21:42 AM

Are Rosewill Power supplies "safe" to buy now Prox? I know they had a nasty reputation a couple years ago, but I've heard a couple people on the forum say they're fine now.
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May 1, 2012 10:27:06 AM

You can't make blanket recommendations about any brand really. The Rosewill green series is made by ATNG and is a solid PSU, all in spec and a good history. The Rosewill Hive series is more or less identical to the OCZ Z series... made by Sirfa and OK also. The Rosewill Capstone series is made by Superflower and is exceptional in every way... but has not been available for quite a few weeks.
The rest of the Rosewill line-up ranges from questionable to bad. Stay away from the Stallion series for instance.