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:

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

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-2400C10D-8GZH

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

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

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

Mouse/Keyboard (for those who care): AZIO Levetron Mech5 KB577U Black USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard w/ Cherry Black MX Switches

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

    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

    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)

    Do you need a Blu-Ray drive? If not thats ~$30 you can save.

    The case you picked is a good one, but I think at that price range there are better options.
    Zalman Z9+. $60 ($10 rebate)

    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)

    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
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  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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