First time build, advice & compatibility check please? Tags: Build Compatibility Systems Product Last response: September 6, 2012 5:57 PM in Systems Share louloubell September 6, 2012 3:21:31 AM This is a first time gaming build for me... So I was just looking for a compatibility check and any advice or fixes to the build I've come up with. Budget is maximum $1,400. I have a hard drive, DVD burner and operating system already. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ NCIX US) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz) Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg) Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.98 @ NCIX US) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US) Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US) Power Supply: Corsair 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US) Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($134.99 @ Amazon) Total: $1363.90 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-05 23:21 EDT-0400) More about : time build advice compatibility check nsouter853 September 6, 2012 3:32:50 AM You don't need more than 8GB of RAM for a gaming rig, drop the 16 and get an 8GB set. For $1400 you might as well get a 750W 80+Gold PSU so you can SLI easier later on. I would personally spend a bit more on a nicer motherboard as well, research the best ones under $200. Nw333 September 6, 2012 8:08:29 AM nsouter853 said:You don't need more than 8GB of RAM for a gaming rig, drop the 16 and get an 8GB set. For $1400 you might as well get a 750W 80+Gold PSU so you can SLI easier later on. I would personally spend a bit more on a nicer motherboard as well, research the best ones under $200. 80+ Gold is not worth it. Will just make the build cost more. 80+ bronze is more than enough. Your right on the 750W part though. He already has a great mobo. Related resources Making a first time build , any last advice ? - Forum A10-5800k build : first time builder needs advice - Forum First Time Build - Advice Appreciated - Forum First time build , advice please? =) $500-600 - Forum ~$700 First time build advice - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer fat-chunk September 6, 2012 8:14:02 AM I would personally recommend the Gigabyte UD5H for your mobo. You'll never look back! Why_Me September 6, 2012 8:34:22 AM http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified Modular ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $167.45 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25 http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-N670-... $409.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $399.99 MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card N670 PE 2GD5/OC http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed... <---- review w/benchmarks of that MSI GTX 670 Psilocybin September 6, 2012 5:57:02 PM I personally like the Asrock Z77 Extreme4 as well, and see it gets alot of love on these forums. I was going to post that you could downgrade to a 120-128 SSD and probably be fine. However with Why_Me finding that deal on the 240 there.....I'd go with that for sure. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumFirst Time Gaming Build , Seeking Advice . ForumNeed some advice on first time build ForumFirst Time Build ( Advice needed thanks !) ForumFirst Time Build . Need Help/ Advice . ForumNew First-Time builder - Any advice or opinions for this build ? ForumAdvice for First Time Build ... ForumFirst time build advice £800 ForumAnother First Time Build . Help and advice . ForumFirst Time Build Advice ForumSeeking advice on first time Hackintosh build ForumFirst time builder seeks HTPC build advice ForumFirst time build - looking for advice ForumFirst time build . Need some advice . Anything is appreciated :) ForumAdvice on first time build needed. Budgets + further info in post. ForumFirst time build (gaming), need a lot of advice =| More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !