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?
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
7)a fan controller(if it didn't come with the case already though)
8)a high end modular PSU
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.
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
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 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.