My First Gaming Rig! I need help from Experts :)

Hi Guys!

I just finished high school and love electronics so I'm getting myself into communities like these!

I'm building my FIRST gaming rig ^^ and I would really appreciate it if you could help check my specs to make sure compatibility is all fine.
I've done a lot of research and have decided these parts, but am still unsure about certain issues that may arise.
Also please note: I also do photo editing and multimedia using Adobe CS5, and love having 2-4 applications running at once.

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K New Ivy Bridge Processor LGA1155, 3.5Ghz (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)

MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V DELUXE MotherBoard, Socket 1155, Intel Z77 Chipset, SATA3, USB3.0, 8 CH, WiFi, Btooth, HDMI, DP, PCIE3.0, 2x GbLAN, Quad CrossFireX/SLI, ATX

GFX: Asus GTX680 DirectCU II Edition PCI-E 3.0, 2GB 256-bit DDR5, Base: 1019 boost: 1084 / 6008 MHz, 2x -DVI, HDMI, DP, Fan

SSD: Samsung SSD 512GB 840 Pro Series - SATA III 6Gbs, Read/Write 540/520MB/s, 2xnm Samsung Toggle DDR2.0 NAND, 2.5" Internal Drive 7.0mm

HDD: Seagate ST3000DM001 BARRACUDA 3TB,7200RPM,SATA3 6GB/S,3.5",64MB

PSU: 750W "Corsair" HX 750 ATX Power Supply, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Modular Cabling, 4x 6+2 PCI-E, 12x SATA, 8x Molex, 7 Year Warranty

RAM: Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Vengeance Memory

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Multi Socket CPU Cooler

CASE: NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower (Black)

DVD Drive: Samsung SH-224BB 24x Black OEM SATA DVD Writer (SH-224BB/BEBS)

Monitor: ASUS VG278HE 27" FHD WS 2MS 144HZ 3D LED MONITOR (VG278HE)

I'm most scared about the compatibility of the Gfx card, Mobo, CPU, RAM and PSU.

Some possible issues that Ive read about are:

1. Are the graphics card and motherboard compatible?
2. Does the power supply have enough power for the graphics card?
3. Does the Power Supply have enough connectors for all the components (e.g 2 PCI-E for the graphics card)?
4. Will the RAM be able to support the CPU? (at the right Voltage)

IM VERY THANKFUL FOR YOU SPENDING YOUR TIME TO HELP ME!! I'm a novice in this field :D Slowly I will try to learn more and more. But as this is my first rig, I'm very cautious XD

Please leave comments below :D

-Gavin. Australia.
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  1. I'd suggest getting a screen with 2560x1440 resolution if you're going for 27".
  2. At first glance that looks like a pretty great build!
    I have a similar rig (2x560 and no ssd), while I have almost no Photoshop experience on here (beyond basic stuff) I have run a lot of solidworks/inventor, and boy it runs like a dream!

    1) Yes, they should be (I don't see any reason they wouldn't be)
    2) Yes, it should have ample power (although I'm not sure if it could handle a 2nd one or not)
    3) I believe I see 2x6 pin pcie power cables in the picture, so I would say yes (worst case scenario you get a few adapters)
    4) Ram at 1.5v should be fine

    best of luck with your build!

    Also, have that same heatsink in a different machine, and the fan feels a little cheep, but it works very well! (IMO it is the best heatsink for the money)
  3. looks good to me
    very similar to my build. i've only built 1, which is.
    msi z68a-g43
    intel core i5 1155
    toshiba 128 gig ssd (os)
    1tb hdd baracuda
    500 gig seagate hdd
    2 x radeon 6770 1gig in crossfire
    16 gig ram 1333mhz
    750 watt psu
    cpu cooler aywun radi-cool black edition
    antec df-85 full size tower
    so from what i know, which is not much, all you really have to match up is the cpu chipset which you have "1155" same as mine.
    the graphics card and mb are compatible via pcIe 3.0/2.0 slot
    the ram will be fine
    and power supply is more than enough
    so yeah go for will run better than mine (i was trying to build the cheapest gaming pc)
    i play batttlefield 3 and use video editing on mine and it hammers thru both. It's the fastest/best computer iv ever used, so urs should surely trump mine.
    good luck with it. if you need help building then go to youtube, thats what used and it worked

    all the best
  4. you musgt change ram to vengence low profile since ur using hyper evo 212...everything else great
  5. Hi Guys, Ive actually done some significant changes to my build simply to make it more future proof, as the up and coming Haswell (socket 1150) will make socket 1155 pretty much obselete. So I've decided to revert back to Sandy Bridge-E, simply because I can upgrade to Ivy Bridge-E later, and its obvious that Sandy Bridge-E will last through the Haswell gen.

    Here is my new build:
    SAMSUNG 840 PRO SERIES 256GB 2.5" 7mm SATA3 540/520
    ASUS GeForce GTX680 DirectCU II 1084M/6008M 2GB/2xDVI/HDMI/DP
    Corsair AX-750 750W 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply
    Samsung SH-224BB 24x Black OEM SATA DVD Writer
    Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Vengeance Memory
    ★CROSSOVER★ 27Q LED High-Resolutio​n​ 2560x1440 QHD DVI-D Dual S-IPS 27" Monitor
    NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower Case Gun Metal
    MOBO: I'm still undecided, one of the X79 mobos.

    Changes are:
    Downgraded to SSD 256gb
    Changed to Crossover Korean IPS 27inch Monitor
    Changed to Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
    Changed Power Supply to Corsair AX-750 instead of HX-750.
    Changed CPU to Intel Core i7 3930K 6 Core Processor, NO FAN 3.20GHz, 12MB CACHE, LGA2011
  6. amateur1337 said:
    you musgt change ram to vengence low profile since ur using hyper evo 212...everything else great

    Now that im using the NOCTUA NH-D14 SE2011 CPU COOLER, is Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Vengeance Memory ok?
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