Building a new gaming PC - suggestions

Hi there

I'm building a new PC for gaming purposes.
I've looked around in the forum for a bit and picked out some components. Now I'd like to hear your thoughts on those components and how high would you rate this build?

Some side notes:
*I plan to overclock the CPU and perhaps add a second GPU later on (That's why the 850W PSU and the extra cooling for CPU)
*This is my first attempt to build my own PC
*I'm not very good at matching different computer components together (into a working system).

Basically, is this PC worth buying?

PC specs:

Case: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper -

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 -

CPU: Core i5-3570k -

Extra cooling for CPU: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 -
*Because I'm going to overclock my CPU

Graphics: GeForce GTX 680 -
*Maybe I'll add another one of those in the near future through SLI

RAM: 4 GB 1600MHz x2

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W -

This is my first attempt to build my own PC and I'm open to all suggestion.
Please, don't hold back :)

Thanks in advance
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  1. Make sure that RAM is under 1.5V as it may damage the cpu chip.
    You might also want an SSD into there, it will get you faster boot times and loading times.
    You should get the MSI TwinFrozr II GTX680 as it does have one of the best cooling. ( gigabyte too, and dont forget asus. :))

  2. Motherboard and CPU are good.

    You want the 212 EVO, not the 212+. The EVO comes with wider direct contact heatpipes, which leads to primarily better idle temps.
    CM Hyper 212 EVO. $35

    The GTX680 is essentially redundant given the GTX670 can overclock past its performance for $100 less. I also avoid EVGA due to their reference design cooling, custom cards are quieter and will run cooler.
    Gigabyte GTX 670. $400

    8GB of 1600Mhz RAM at 1.5v or under is standard gaming fare. Should be fine. Pick from either Corsair or G.SKill, they are the big names in RAM.

    850W is overkill for even dual cards. 750W will be more than adequate for dual cards and overclocks all round.

    HDD and SSD? I recommend a 1TB Seagate Barracuda and a 128GB OCZ Vertex 4. IMO they are both at the pinnacle of price/performance/capacity in their respective fields.
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90
    OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $115
  3. Thanks for the fast reply.

    I'll see to it, that the RAM is under 1.5V - thank you.

    You might also want an SSD into there, it will get you faster boot times and loading times.

    Sorry, forgot to add the info about HDD - I'm thinking about SATA 500GB-1T 7200rpm.
    I haven't considered SSD because I feel that it is mainly meant for laptops (due to it's faster boot capabilities, fasten than SATA that is).
    Also 256GB++ SSD's cost quite a lot.
    I imagine that I'm not going to reboot that computer very often (most of the time just "lock" it), therefore is there a lot of point having an SSD?

    Now if that SSD is going to give a lot of performance boost to that computer overall then I'll probably going to reconsider.
    Maybe OS on small SSD (lets say 16-32GB) and my personal data on 7200rpm SATA? <- Is that a good idea?

    About the GPU: Thanks for the advice, I'll probably get what you suggested. So at the moment going with TwinFrozr II

  4. As manofchalk said, a 128 GB SSD from the Vertex 4 series will do you good, you can also put in some games in there to fasten your load times. ( 200+ mbps transfer rate is no joke. :3)

    Since your OCing, you can also OC the 670 to 680 speeds, as manofchalk also said.
  5. Reply to manofchalk

    212 Evo taken into account rather than 212+. <- Thank you

    GTX670 - 400$
    MSI Twin Frozr GTX680 - 540$

    Correct me if I'm wrong. But as I understand you can overclock GTX670 to a better performance than MSI Twin Frozr GTX680 and also save ~140$ in the process. If that's the case and I wont lose in cooling then maybe I should consider MSI GTX670 with "Twin Frozr IV Thermal Design" - and save ~120$?

    Suggestions about RAM taken into account, probably going with Corsair.

    Suggestions about PSU taken into account. Going to find a 750W PSU. Maybe and save 30$

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90 [...] 6822148840
    OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $115 [...] 6820227791
    Taken into account. Again, correct me if I'm mistaken. SSD for OS and SATA for data, yes?

    Thank you all :)

    I feel that it's going to be a good CPU
  6. Nice PSU you found.
    SSD for the OS and most used programs and HDD for main storage. ( installers in the HDD then the actual game in the SSD. If theres still space, ofcourse.)
  7. All graphics cards of the same GPU will perform identically (at identical clocks), only difference between the card manufacturers is cooling, build quality and aesthetics. MSI is up their for for cooling and build quality, and aesthetics depends on whose looking. But anyway, the MSI card is a good choice, I just tend to recommend the Gigabyte because its the cheapest of the good manufacturers.

    That PSU is very good.

    Put your programs and OS on the SSD, and files, music, movies and such on the HDD. That way you are using the speed of an SSD for the important stuff and the HDD as a pack mule for the items that don't need to be as quick.

    Also SATA refers to the interface between a HDD/SSD and the motherboard, it isn't an actual bit of hardware. Speaking of SATA, make sure that the SSD is plugged into a SATA 6GB/s (also known as SATA III) port. Then you aren't bottle-necking the SSD with reduced bandwidth.
  8. Thanks for everything guys.

    Looks like I have all the information about the build I need.

    Now on with the shopping :)
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