First time gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of June

Budget Range: $1500 -$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor(20in, 1600x900), psu(OCZ ZX Series 850W), OS,

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No
Cooler Master HAF 922

Hyper 212 EVO

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB

1. I would like advice on my first build. Are all the parts compatible with each other? Is this build okay or can I get better parts for around the same price?
2 I also have not picked out a hard drive yet, what are some reliable 1TB ones?
3. I have read reviews that the cables of my PSU are too short for good cable management. Should I get cable extensions with my case?

Thank you for helping me out!
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  1. Spend the extra cash and get the 212 EVO.
  2. Best answer

    I'd look at some Corsair cases, as well.

    Switch your RAM to DDR3-1600 CAS9 RAM.

    For your GPU, at your budget, get at least a 680. If you REALLY REALLY want SUPERB performance, you could even get a 690... your budget would actually allow it!

    Mobo: I'd get the Z77 Extreme4... no reason not to, and it has a couple of small advantages.

    For your hard drive, any well-reviewed 1TB drive is fine as long as it is 7200rpm.

    Don't know anything about the cables... sorry! I do know that you can route cables under the motherboard and around components if you don't have a lot of room... or you could just use a mid-size case ;)
  3. for a build that is 1500-2000 and you do not need a CPU
    i would spend more on
    1) a monitor(1080p is where it is at for gaming right now)
    2)a Z77 mobo(comes with a lot more features than a z68 for the same price)
    3)a cool ass looking case
    5)higher GB SSD
    6)extra fans
    7)a fan controller(if it didn't come with the case already though)
    8)a high end modular PSU
  4. Ah. Yeah, your monitor resolution is a little on the low side. However, it's not a BIG deal. I'm on a 1680x1050 monitor, and the difference between that and a 1080p monitor isn't all that noticeable. However, that is something to consider.

    Also, a Z77 mobo doesn't come with a "lot more features"... there is little to no difference, especially for a SB chip. However, there are a few tiny improvements, and it's not that much more expensive.
  5. Thank you guys for the input! Actually the budget for my build includes stuff I already bought... so my actual budget now is 1000-1500. I'll get the z77 extreme4 and the hyper 212 evo.
    Graphics- I think I will stick with the 670 because the 680 is $100 more for only a little performance increase. It is also in stock :P
    RAM- I actually did have the ddr3-1600 ram chosen, but I copied the wrong link.
    SSD- 128gb is enough for my needs. I can move programs between HDD and SSD when I need to use them

    I'm going to get this hard drive
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB-
  6. Get a new monitor, 1920x1080 or above if you are getting a 670, you would be putting crazy frame rates out at 1600x900 which is a waste especially if your monitor refresh rate is at 60hz and not 120hz
  7. I like my monitor right now. I will upgrade it later though
  8. Yeah, a better GPU is better vs a better monitor that can utilize it.
  9. What keyboard would you recommend for gaming?
  10. i really like
    razer blackwidow

    just my preference because when you type it sounds like you are pressing it twice and it feels really good with led keys

    there are a lot more like logitech G110

    and logitech has a really nice finish on it

    these are just my preference for gaming. i play a lot of FPS games, Lol, and D3 with the black widow
  11. Best answer selected by samuelechu.
  12. I just use a very basic, $10 Logitech keyboard (non-gaming). I personally think gaming keyboards are pretty overrated... I have not noticed a substantial difference between playing with my keyboard and an actual gaming one. I only use like 12 keys on the keyboard, and any shortcuts are on my mouse (I play fps games). I'd just look for a keyboard that has easy-to-press keys.
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