I was hoping to get a sanity check on the parts I've chosen for this build. I'm not new to building systems, but it's been quite a while (the last system I built from scratch had a Pentium 3 :-) and I'm afraid of making a mistake with all the new technologies. I'd hate to order all this stuff and have something not work. So, here's what I've picked out:
Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4-M
CPU: Intel i5 3450
RAM: 8 GB G.Skill RAM (1600 DDR3)
Video card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC
Hard disk: old SATA disk I have lying around; I'll upgrade it later, probably to SSD
PSU: Chieftec APS-500S
Case: Antec Sonata 2 (used)
Does anyone see any show stoppers? I picked the MB because I'd like the possibility to do SLI in the future. I know that the PSU won't be enough for SLI, but is it enough for this system without overclocking?
Drop the Z77 chipset and go for the H77 chipset. Some choices are; Asus P8H77 series, ASrock H77M and the Asrock H77 Pro/MVP. If I remember, there was a motherboard from the Asus P8H77 line-up that supports SLI.
No to that PSU. Get one from Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, PC&P, Antec or Silverstone.
Thanks for the reply. Why would you go with the H77 over the Z77? It looked like the Z77 is more future proofed in case I decide to overclock down the line.
Is the problem with PSU the brand or the wattage? I'm not married to this PSU, but it seems to be OK and I can probably get it in an online auction for next to nothing. But if it straight up work, I can look elsewhere.