First Time Building, Suggestions?

So this is my first time building a computer, and I don't know for sure what I'm doing. This is what I'm thinking components wise.

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Graphics Card: EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

Cpu: Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core

Hard drive: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Case: LIAN LI PC-Q08B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower

I'm building this as a gaming computer, and will probably use it as a media center of sorts, possibly add an additional hard drive that isn't so expensive. I haven't really looked at RAM yet, any suggestions? Would 8 GB do, or should I go to 16? I noticed someone talking about an Ivy Bridge CPU to get full use out of the motherboard, I'm not sure if that's really necessary or not. I've also been reading that I'll probably need a water cooling system, which i'm not too thrilled about. I also haven't even started thinking about power supply, I think I fried my brain trying to figure out as much as I have in the past couple of days.

I'm really pushing my budget as it is, but I was looking for suggestions on the build. If it seems legit or not, if these components won't work well together, things like that. Thank you!
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  1. any reason you are using a GTX 480? its hot and a power hog, not the best combination for a mini-itx build. you can get similar performance from a HD7850 at far lower temps and power consumption.

    8 gb will do for ram for most tasks.

    I'd suggest an i5-3570K over the I7 3770, similar performance, $100 cheaper
  2. If all you're gonna be doing is using this for gaming, movies and music, you don't need the 3770. It's a waste of money. Just get the i5 3570k. Put the extra $100 towards a better GPU. Something like this...
    MSI Radeon HD 7870

    I'd recommend this PSU...
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750M

    I would also recommend this case for it's excellent air flow and affordability.

    You don't need a SSD right now. Just add it as a later upgrade. Save the cash and put it towards the parts that matter. Get a conventional HDD for now. Something like this...
    Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB

    8gb of RAM is plenty. This will do great...
    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB

    You won't need a custom water cooling loop (they're nice and all, but you don't need it). This aftermarket heatsink will perform just fine for your needs...

    If you can give me an exact budget, I could help you better. Also, do you need Windows 7 or a monitor?
  3. Wow, thank you. If I used those it would cut me down about 250 from where it's at now. I'm looking at a budget of around 800-1000, The cheaper I can get the better, I'm not looking to max out the graphics of the games I play, just have smooth play with mods. I'll probably borrow a monitor from a friend for the time being, but if you could point me in the direction of a good one I'll definitely consider it. And I'll get windows 7 from the University for $20, so no worries there.

    And really, thank you! Any ideas on mother boards? I was looking at the mini Itx, because the idea of tiny motherboard sounded awesome, but I assume there are cheaper routes to go with, and when it comes to the mother board I'm completely lost. The cpu's and such seemed fairly simple, just match up same connectors, and I checked out benchmarks for performance, but yeah... no idea on motherboards.
  4. Just get a standard ATX mobo. You don't want micro ATX. Those are for $500 budget builds.

    I recommend the ASRock Z77 Extreme4

    With the hd 7870, you'll have decent graphics and smooth gameplay with mods. If you want to save a little cash, downgrade the GPU to the GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850

    Just noticed you meant itx as in case size...just get a standard mid tower like the HAF 912. you'll want the air flow. The ivy bridge cpu tends to run hot.
  5. Hi there here what i suggest let me know what you think and no worries if you don't like it i won't care just trying to help you get best bang for buck! PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $954.54
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-30 00:52 EDT-0400)
  6. that looks pretty solid
  7. 300 EUROS? err does newegg ship to europe?
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