Asking advice for a new build


This is my first build. Looking to build a gaming machine for my 2 teenage boys. Just looking for some feedback based on my selected components.

Do you see any compatability issues based on the components listed?

Are any of the components more than needed (is the juice worth the squeeze?)

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLT4K4G3D1608ET3LX0

ASUS GTX660 TI-DC2T-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional (70SB135600000) 5.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

LITE-ON Black Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo SATA Model ihes112-04

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - 1 x Front Red LED 230mm Fan, 1 x Top 230mm Fan, 1 x Side 230mm Fan, 1 x Rear 140mm Fan-Retail

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Be gentle. This is my first build and I felt like a kid in a candy store.

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  1. I'd lose the i7 and get an i5 3570k. You don't need an i7 for gaming. Put the money you saved on the cpu towards getting a gtx 670. You should probably lose the sound card(the motherboard's sound should be good) and add a cpu cooler like the cooler master hyper 212 evo.
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    I'd second the suggestion of the i5 - GTX 670 route. I'd also lose the sound card since you don't need it and the expensive RAM, and invest in a good SSD like this:

    Cheaper RAM:

    I'd also switch out the case - the Thor is decent but it's humongous and you don't really need a case that big for an ATX build. Get this instead:

    Or this:
  3. I agree for gaming get the intel i5 add a ssd for the OS and a good after market cpu cooler. Intel plastic push pins for cpu coolers are jokes. The Corsair cases are a dream to build with. Especially for a first timer.
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