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My first real pc build and want your opinion and help.

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November 2, 2012 2:05:40 PM

This is going to be my second time building a pc but my first real build with almost all new parts. I would really appreciate any info you have to make this the best build possible. First I dont have a lot of money. I have $1000 for the build. I plan on overclocking the cpu, memory and video card but I don't think my power supply will handle all the overclocking. I'll be using my power supply I got last year and the hard drive. All parts came from newegg. I'll be using this for gaming, media and graphic design.
Total cost was

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz / $229.99

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 / $134.99

Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) / $37.99 with -$5.00 Instant

EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW / $369.99 -$40.00 Instant with $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO / $31.99 -$6.00 Instant

Sentey Burton Series GS-6500B Black / Blue 1mm SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case / $109.99 15% off w/ promo code Sentey1022, ends 11/4

Logitech Call of Duty: MW3 Edition G105 Black USB Wired Gaming Keyboard / $44.99 -$35.00 Instant

Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse / $54.99 -$15.00 Instant

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound / $10.99 $10.99 Mail-in Rebate Card
Using my power supply and hard drive from last year.

Hitachi 500 gigs

ultra lsp 550 atx power supply

windows ultimate 64 bit

32" 3D vizio led razor tv: Resolution:1920x1080

Please tell me what you think and if you got some better ideas please let me know. If I need to get another power supply so I can overclock what should I get. Second at the end of november i'll be getting a OCZ Agility 4 AGT4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $94.99
Thanks for reading and for those who left comments.

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November 2, 2012 2:27:30 PM

Looks like a pretty damn good build imo.

PSU should be ok. It would be safer (as regards longevity) to get a slightly higher wattage, higher quality PSU but personally I reckon it'll do fine, seems like a solid enough PSU. If you do happen to have some extra cash in the future, might not be such a bad idea to invest in a really good PSU.
November 2, 2012 2:29:07 PM

The SSD will also give you a nice boost regarding boot times and application loading.
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November 2, 2012 3:20:45 PM

For your PSU, maybe you should check this out:

You can add everything in your computer to know what wattage you need exactly, including overclock'd CPU. Don't forget to factor capacitor aging. I think that you're a bit short, but that depends on many things.
November 3, 2012 1:35:58 AM

Okay, maybe this is out-of-line, but I couldn't help but notice that on your list, there is thermal compound. Where do you plan to use that? For your CPU Heatsink? There's already some thermal grease included with yours (not pre-applied).

:???: If there's a good reason I'd like to know it because I'll order parts for my first build tomorrow and that thermal compound is not on my list! And I'll be using the same CPU cooling unit btw...
November 3, 2012 1:56:56 AM

You're reinstalling on the SSD when it comes, right?

Darkmonk... yeah, that's for the CPU cooler. It's WAY better than stock thermal grease.
November 3, 2012 3:53:54 PM

When I get my ssd I'll be reinstalling either windows 7 or 8. I'm still undecided about windows 8. We'll have to see if any good or if it going to be like vista ($h1t).