Advice on my first gaming build

Hi! I've decided on building a gaming computer for the first time and I was hoping you could help me. I've never done this before so any help is much appreciated! Thank you. :D

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti - $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge - $229.99 Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge - $214.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115233
RAM: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $41.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $45.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161452 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $109.99 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
CD/DVD Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner - $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067

Total Price - $914.93 $878.93
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  1. Compatibility looks good.

    Regarding the CPU, I assume you're planning to overclock since you picked the unlocked version? If you aren't, switch out the K for any of the other quad-cores. If you are, you'll definitely want an aftermarket CPU cooler. Ivy Bridge gets pretty hot when overclocked. The CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo is a frequent recommendation for that.

    RAM is RAM, but a 5-star rated kit might be a better choice, just for peace-of-mind. This one is just a few bucks more.

    I would swap the hard drive for the Samsung Spinpoint F3. SATA3 does absolutely nothing for traditional hard drives.

    Just my suggestions.

    Edit: Oh, and don't forget a case!
  2. Thank you for your input, I made the changes to my wishlist. Also my dad is a woodworker and offered to make me a unique wooden case for the build, I looked online and didn't see anything wrong with wooden cases as long as they are built correctly.
  3. Oh, that's sweet. Just make sure you have adequate ventilation. Don't want to cook your new components! You'll also want to pick up several case fans to keep your airflow going.
  4. How many fans would you suggest?
  5. Honestly, I've never worked with a wooden case, so I have no idea. You'll probably want at least one front intake and one rear exhaust fan though. More might be better since wood is a decent insulator. Maybe one or two more on the top for exhaust and a second in front for intake? You said you looked at some resources on wooden cases - did they say anything about fans?
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