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I'm going to be building my first/second computer coming up soon. The reason I say 'first/second' is because I did a partial upgrade to an aging HP store-bought desktop about a couple years ago. So that being said this time around I will be upgrading my motherboard and CPU, two things I am completely new at. Enough with the jabber, my main reason for posting, as I have done some preliminary research ahead of time, is to ask if the hardware I have selected is compatible, suitable for a moderate to heavy gamer, worth the money, and if I will be needing any aftermarket products such as cooling devices to keep this puppy chilled (I have heard it's not desirable to use water cooling in your setup). Here is the list of components that will become my final product:

Motherboard: ASUS Deluxe Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1155 Motherboard P8Z77-V DELUXE

CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Processor 3.4

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM

Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2048 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache

PSU: XION Power Real 1000-Watt Power Supply

Tower: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

Let me know if there is anything I have left out for information that might be needed to help. I appreciate any feedback you guys can send my way. Thanks!
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  1. whats your budget
  2. Try this PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($38.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($267.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($80.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $997.76
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-10 23:12 EDT-0400)
  3. My budget is somewhere around 800-900$ preferrably on the lower end. I forgot to mention in my parts list that the PSU and Tower are both products that I currently have.
  4. Anyone interested in giving advice on what items I had posted for MY build choices. I know there are infinite choices on which direction to build into but I was hoping for some feedback regarding the items that I have already chosen. As I said before, the PSU and the tower are two things of which I Already Have. I was just curious to know if what I picked out will be a sufficient build. I am new to all of this and just want to know if I did proper research and picked a good unit overall and if I happen to be missing anything crucial before moving forward with purchasing. (Unfortunately my HTML skills are all but swift and I cannot figure out how to post links in this forum for each piece.)
  5. My only comment is that you don't really need 16GB RAM and you definitely don't need 1000W PSU, though if you already have it, it's obviously not worth buying another just to reduce wattage...
  6. Got to agree with JMer806, you don’t need the 16GB RAM or the downgrade from 1000W PSU, other than that looking good.

    Unless you plan to Overclock you shouldn’t *NEED* a better fan and personally water cooling makes me extremely nervous after reading and hearing horror stories, plus it’s a lot of extra work to maintain it but it’s mainly a preference thing.

    I'm thinking of building a somewhat similar build :) cheers
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