I'm building my first PC and would like to know if the components seem to be compatible as well as opinions on the build. I will be using this computer for gaming/schoolwork and plan to keep it for years to come. With this in mind, please do not comment with anything saying that things are unnecessary for my needs (unless I have something absolutely that makes no sense- I am very new to this), but rather with possible improvements to the build!
I'm pretty sure that these parts are all compatible, but I'm worried that I will not have the correct amount of PCI-e or SATA slots for the components, and I was having trouble determining whether or not my parts HAD to be on my motherboard manufacturer's QVL.
Get the i5-3570K, it will allow you to OC when you are ready. Pair it with a board like the Asrock Extreme6 or the Gigabyte UD5H or something comparable. It will last you just as long for gaming and school work.
You could keep that Intel drive and use the money saved on the CPU/Mobo and definitely move up to a 7970.
1. I have that mobo and have no problems. Many people here recommend it and I don't hear many complaints. One person, I think G-Unit (and maybe one other) were having some issues with their's. I think it's solid and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
2. G-Skill is well known and quality. The only thing is do NOT buy the ones with the heatsinks on them. They are unnecessary and could possibly interfere depending on which aftermarket cooler you end up using down the road.
3. Everything looks compatible. I would say to get DDR3-1600 ram. You won't really see much difference above it and, I think that the faster stuff voids the CPU warranty. Thought I heard that, but don't quote me on it.
4. I have the Corsair 500R and love it. Plenty of room and fans.