First Computer Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few months.

Budget Range: $1000 to $2000 (Would like to keep it low)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Canada

Parts Preferences: No real preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Will be mostly playing video games like TES V: Skyrim, Diablo 3, Final Fantasy XIV and I have also thought about learning how to make Mods for Skyrim. I would also like to record and upload gameplay videos.
I want a Desktop with plenty of room for future upgrades, I do plan on adding more parts as I learn. I plan on using an external HDD or perhaps an SSD for video games.

Why Are You Upgrading: Dying laptop


1. COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

2. ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

3. Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

4. [Newly Selected] COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

5. G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

6. Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

7. ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

8. CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

9. [Recently Added] Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT060A3K5 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


I will be running Windows 7 (or at least I would like to if the computer can handle it).
I will also be upgrading the graphics card at a later date to...

EVGA 04G-P4-3687-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

(Would I be able to put the GTX 680 in SLI with my current Power supply?)

I would like to know if everything will work together great, with no bottlenecks, and if possible I would also like if you can tell me if the Motherboard has all the necessary plug-ins to handle all the case...... *thinks*.... the case front panel and fan plug-ins.


Suggestions for replacing the parts if one or more of the components is not compatible with the rest of the build would be greatly appreciated.
I believe that is everything, and so....
Thank you kindly ;o
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    Welcome, Well lets try to check your wish list.

    Cpu heatsing: I personally Have Experience with the Dark Knight, I got mine working for 2 months at a simply Overclock on a Sandy Bridge at 4.2, after 2 months it stopped working, changed the fan and stuff and it wouldnt work, Started Rma procces, i was gonna have to wait 3 weeks for the Rma.... its been 3 months already i still dont have it in my hands, So i tought well im gonna have to get one until my dark knight comesback, guess what? I got this one :

    I have the same temps and im overcloking at 4.5, theres plenty of guides on how to overclock with this heatsink and stress test and stuff, best Bang For your Money i love it.

    Everything in your Setup Will Work Fine, I would Do some changes if you could afford a little more money, like Using an SSD as Os Drive, And getting 16gb Ram just for the lols because anything more than 8 its overkill for gaming.
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