First Gaming PC Build: $1,000-$1,250

I'm about to build my first gaming PC (budget around $1,000-$1,250) and I've put together a list of some components. I'm not really sure if they are all compatible with each other, though, so I'm looking for some help and advice.

The build comes out to $1,211.83 on, which includes Windows 7 Premium. (I also have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard) What I need to know is if all these components will work together, if I'm wasting my money anywhere, or if there are better components I should use.

Here's what I have:

*CPU (bundled with motherboard)

Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550

*Motherboard (bundled with CPU)

GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

*Video Card

MSI N560GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

*Case (comes in a bundle with photoshop, which I want to get)

Corsair Carbide Series 300R Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

*Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

*Power Supply

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

*CPU Fan (not really sure if I need this, or if stock fan will work fine)

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+


Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 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 AD-7280S-0B - OEM
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  1. what i would get

    if you are not to crossfire in the future, get a msi h77ma-g43 motherboard and a pc and power cooling mk3 400w instead of the h77-v and the 600w psu
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