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Is the case and power supply right?

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week

Budget Range: Around $1,400 after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet, schoolwork, music

Are you buying a monitor: Already have one


Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Pittsburg, Texas U.S.

Parts Preferences: Leaning towards Intel/Nvidia, but I'll go with whatever works best

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Last I remember, the highest I've seen it go was around 1900x1200

Additional Comments: Planning on modding (increasing graphics capability of games, increasing amount of content within games, etc) so I'll need it to keep cool, but also powerful with in-game physics, and most importantly (in my opinion) lighting effects.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This will be my first build. I've done plenty of research, so I'm not gonna fry the parts, but my goal is a high performance gaming computer.


Alright, here is what I have so far:


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-8GZH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231585

Video card: GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

Power supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

Optical drive: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW, 3D Play Back - BH14NS40
http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view

Mouse/Keyboard (for those who care): AZIO Levetron Mech5 KB577U Black USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard w/ Cherry Black MX Switches
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823839012

I need to know if the power supply will fit into the case, or if there are any other problems I can expect when building. Help is appreciated, and I look forward to building and enjoying my new gaming computer!
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    Youv got the build down fairly well, you are on the right track for a gaming build. Just a few little issues.

    This motherboard is cheaper and has all the same features (Two more SATA ports actually).
    AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    The RAM is 1.65v, which is detrimental to that Intel CPU. Also, there's no point going for speeds above 1600Mhz, the performance difference is minimal and not worth the price increase.
    G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $42
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546

    That PSU is a bit overkill unless your considering Crossfire/SLI later on (which both mobo's can do). If Crossfire/SLI isnt an issue, than you can drop down to a 650W unit.
    Corsair Enthusiast 650W, 80+ Bronze non modular. $90 ($10 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Do you need a Blu-Ray drive? If not thats ~$30 you can save.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    The case you picked is a good one, but I think at that price range there are better options.
    Zalman Z9+. $60 ($10 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235027

    You currently don't have any aftermarket cooling on the rig, meaning you wont be able to overclock that CPU very far. The go-to budget cooler is the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO, good to bring that 3570k to ~4.5Ghz.
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $30 ($5 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Any leftover money that's been saved I would invest into an SSD boot drive. They really do make a difference, the computer is noticeably faster with an SSD.
    Samsung 840 120GB. $115
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147188
  2. Best answer selected by Indigo337.
  3. Thanks a lot, but what about thermal paste? Is it necessary, how often must I change it out and how effective is it for heat sink fans?
  4. Some Thermal Paste (rebranded MX-5 I think) should come with the 212 EVO.
    Every 6 months or so is when you should change the paste, as well as general PC maintenance. I find you can get two applications off the one tube.

    There isnt much difference between the various pastes, think there was a 3C difference between the best and worst.
  5. Ok, well thanks for all your help!
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