I need the Computer Braniacs to critique my newest build:

GPU - GTX 670 2GB


CPU - Intel i5 Ivy Bridge 3.4 GHz


PSU - Cougar 850w


RAM - 8 GB RAM (1600 MHz)


Motherboard - ASUS 'thing' (lol)


Case - I'm keeping my current case


Subtotal: $934.95

Hello everyone, this build is for gaming purposes! I need to make sure all the items I'm planning on getting for my newest computer are compatible with eachother, as well as efficient. I don't want anything 'unecessary'...

Few questions: I have little to no knowledge on motherboards, how does the one I want fare? I may want to sli in the future.

Will that case have trouble holding my new components? I can list my current specs for reference if needed.

Are there better options on the table product-wise for any of the items above? Any criticism/help is appreciated folks!

Thank you all so much!
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  1. You're overpaying for RAM if this build is for gaming. G.Skill is an awesome brand and this will do you good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    I'd go with an ASRock Mobo instead, this will work well with the i5-3570k you chose. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    And also, that's way too much power for this machine.
  2. Way too much power? tear*

    What would you personally recommend I'd downgrade to?
  3. Thanks for the responses thus far!

    I think I'm going to stick with my current psu - Is it still sli compatible at this age?

    As for the CPU/mobo - Is the cpu truly overboard? And I see that you both recommend the ASrock brand... May I ask why in particular, and what exactly are the benifits?

    I get a $45 discount on my current cpu/mobo deal, but if the overall quality is going to be much better with ASrock, I'll definately make the switch. I just need a bit of clarification..

    Thank you all so much for the help this far.
  4. bump
  5. Yes your psu is sli ready, they recommend the asrock because it overclocks better than the asus z77, plus it is cheaper with a lot of features.
    See that board has : Digital Power Design : - Industry leading 4 + 1 + 1 Phase Power Design

    The asrock : Digi Power Design- 8 + 4 Power Phase Design

    But it doesn't mean that the asus has less quality, by the contrary they just dont oc well and overpriced.
  6. are* overpriced.

    If you don't want to oc forget about the asrock and the cpu cooler.
  7. Awesome, thank you so very much. Really!
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