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First gaming build

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November 25, 2012 2:59:40 AM

This is going to be my first build and I was hoping for some feedback.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP LGA (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 2.5" 128GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Heat Sink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

The motherboard comes with x2 4gb's of RAM so I should be good in regards to that.

What are your thoughts on this build? I'm hoping for it to be relatively future proof and hoping to get ultra to max settings on most of the games today. Are all the parts going to be compatible with one another? Would you recommend different parts etc. I'm fairly new at this so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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November 25, 2012 4:17:19 AM

There's no such thing as completely future proofing a build. However the only way to do so is to not limit your expansion opportunities and a micro ATX board will not fit that criteria. Get a full ATX board. The Radeon 7950 is a better card than a reference 660 is. Otherwise everything looks good.
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November 25, 2012 4:53:31 AM

Whats the difference between the two types of motherboards? And what's your suggestion for a full ATX board?
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November 25, 2012 5:05:06 AM

ambrosia1909 said:
Whats the difference between the two types of motherboards? And what's your suggestion for a full ATX board?


ATX boards have more SATA ports, RAM slots, and PCI slots. If you want to run SLI or Crossfire mATX boards will be a tight fit.

Here's a motherboard I would suggest: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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