First PC build

Well I've been making multiple builds online... but this is the "final" build I've decided to make... Can one of you reassure me that this build will theoretically work (Ignoring if anything is damaged or any of that ***). This is also a budget gaming build as well as other things but I won't get into that... mainly gaming and performance in general. Budget is $1000 CDA.

CPU: Intel core i5-3570k Ivy Bridge Processor


MotherBoard: ASRock Z77 Pro3

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

Optical Drive: LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive

HardDrive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB


If there is ANY suggestions please do so. If anything isn't compatitible (I've checked already and it seems fine... FINE... But I'm a noob so what do I know? lol PCI Express 2.0 luckily for my GTX 550 Ti model) Or there is a better option considering right now I'm at $946.10.

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  1. Looks good. But the mobo is the weakest point in your set up.
  2. I would opt for this one, no question about that.

    U can definitely use this one -> ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 -> ... Latest Z77...

    I just build PC with this mobo and I like the BIOS, its looks like this.

    Works as expected @ 4.4GHz

    That is a great mobo choice for the CPU. It has good power design for OC.

    Read the Toms review Seven Sub-$160 Z77 Express Motherboards, Reviewed

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

  3. It adds option for 2 GPU cards (x8/x8) and has more phases, 8+4 vs 4+2 on the pro version.
  4. It absolutely doesn't matter,

    the PCIE 2.0 or 3.0 - no difference for u with any card available today and in near future.
  5. Everything looks to be in order. This looks like it will be a fun first build and it has some good specs for a $1000 build. Good luck and I hope you get it up and running without any problems.
  6. There is one must have item. This CPU cooler.

    If u get an after market CPU cooler, u can OC to 4.5GHz with ease : )
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus120mm CPU Cooler

  7. And if u can get another $100, get an SSD to get your max speed into some serious level.

    That is if your budget permits : )
  8. This one is great.

    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


    Max Sequential Read
    Up to 550MB/s

    Max Sequential Write
    Up to 515MB/s

    4KB Random Write
    Up to 90,000 IOPS

    Seek Time
    0.1 ms
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