First Build--Need Your Help!!!

Approximate Purchase Date: June 1st-15th

Budget Range: as low as possible for the parts I want.

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

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, monitor, case, optical drive, RAIDMAX RX-450K 450W ATX12V Power Supply, case (not sure of brand--stickers that say powered by asus and powered by bfg with a razor snake sticker on it and dimensions are approx. 18.5x16.5x7.5 LxWxH in inches)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, micro center, anything else cheap and reputable

Country: U.S.A.--Atlanta, GA

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu

Overclocking: Not for awhile, maybe when I upgrade PSU's

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900 for now

Additional Comments: Here's the build I have assembled so far:

CPU & Mobo: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor + ASRock Z77 Pro4-M 1155 mATX Intel Motherboard
in combo deal from micro center for $249.98! I don't think I'll find a better deal on that

RAM: Crucial (1x4) 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Module
from micro center for $22.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
from for $39.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
from for $129.99


OS: trying to get win 7 from my girlfriend's university for free, or some other source--don't have an extra $100 for it right now.

I want to know if these parts will all be compatible and complement each other well. Is the PSU sufficient to run this setup? I will primarily be playing D3, but I want to be able to play other, more graphically demanding games too. How many case fans/what size should I get, generally speaking? Any other comments and advice you guys have for me!!
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  1. Well first of all your going to need a better power supply. 450W won't cut it for the computer you are trying to build. Secondly you should probably upgrade the 4gb of ram. 8gb should be enough, but more if you want. Also if you want a gaming pc I would recommend a larger Hard Drive. Games these days are 10gb or more. You can find 1tb Hard Drives for around $100, but I would get at least 640gb. For your motherboard I would upgrade that since it is only a microATX, which will have less PCI slots. Also that deal you found would mean your current mobo is only $10, which I definitely wouldn't trust. I would recommend this one: Your CPU is a good choice, but you may want to upgrade you GPU, otherwise it wouldn't be worth having the i5 3570K. GPUs are a sketchy topic and it is hard to find good ones under $200. I would recommend any of these:

    This set up with any of those GPUs is enough to run most games with high/ultra settings in 1600x900

    You may also want to get some fans and a cpu cooler unless you already have them.
    Here's a cpu cooler:
    I wouldn't get into water cooled stuff because they can sometimes leak and completely ruin your processor and maybe your motherboard. I would estimate you would need to put about $800 into this to get the stuff mentioned here.
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