NEWB :o First Time Build Compatibility and Other ?'s

Okay. This is my first computer build. I am a quick learner, so any help will be appreciated!

First, I want to know if all my parts are compatible. I'm pretty damn sure they are, but this being my first build, I don't want to take any chances.

These are the parts I have selected:

Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $116.99

CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core $179.99

GPU:SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 11201-00-20G) $134.99

Ram: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $52.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AARX 750GB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $95.00

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom $89.99

$669.95 (BEFORE Tax and Shipping) All Parts priced from NEWEGG

I want to use this for Media and Gaming. I am not a HARDCORE gamer, but I would like to be able to game comfortably.
Are these parts okay? Am I paying too much for stuff I don't need? I don't want to pay much more than I already am, but I would definitely take recommendations on switching out parts.
Should I overclock? get an aftermarket fan or thermal paste?

Also, I have found two cases for the same price. One mid tower and one full tower. Should I go for the full tower just because? Do I need it?

ZALMAN Z11 Plus HF1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans, USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2

Both are $89.99 Bringing the total to: $759.94 (BEFORE Tax and Shipping)

Are they okay cases?

And finally, I have an external HP DVD1040 Drive, and was wondering if i could just use this before later purchasing an optical drive. Or, could i somehow, use that in the computer?

Thank you for taking your time to read this. I look forward to your responses.
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  1. RRAM should be 1.5 volt or less . Some HyperX blu is , some isnt

    A green hard drive saves less power than the standby light on the front of the case uses but slows down boot and loading times a lot . I would use a conventional drive to avoid this issue

    Your build needs a 430 watt psu
    which means you can save on the psu
    Either buy a corsair CX 430 $24 after rebate

    or buy this excellent quality unit
    PC power and cooling 500 watt
    and save $20 which could be used to upgrade your cpu

    You should be able to google for reviews of your cases
    I would spend less and get a HAF 912 or Antec 300 two and use that money to increase system performance
  2. Thanks for your response

    So if i go with these, should i be okay?

    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    (It's a little cheaper, at $46.99)

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
    (It's a little more expensive at $119.99, but it seems good.)

    PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze
    (I was thinking of going for this one, i had no idea i was going to buy an unnecessary power supply. So thanks for that)

    As for my other questions:

    Should I overclock? get an aftermarket fan or thermal paste? And about my Optical Drive.

    Once again, thank you for taking your time to help me.
  3. Anyone have an answer?
  4. If you overclock, you need a "K" processor. In this case, you would need to spend an extra $30 or so to get the i5-2500k or $50 for the 3570k.

    Also, both of the cases you chose are not particularly good. I would go for the Corsair Carbide 400r at $79.99 or the HAF 912 at $59.99.
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