First time building a gaming rig and would like help

Hi everyone,

I am currently in the process of picking my components for a custom gaming rig. I have never done this before and the only experience I have is watching a few how-to videos. I plan on using this machine mostly for gaming with other everyday things, the games I mainly want to play are Skyrim and Guild Wars 2. Here are the components I have chosen based on the research I have done. My budget is pretty much set at around 1000-1200 dollars and I am currently at approximately $1010, the OS, keyboard, and mouse need to fit within my budget. Here are my components, what I would like to know is first of all are they all compatible ( I think they are, but having never done this before I could be wrong ), any suggestions you could give me are welcome, and what you all think of it overall.

Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155

CPU - i5-3570k or i5-2500k ( I have no intention of OC anytime soon )

Video Card - Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870

HDD - Western Digital 1tb Caviar Black

SSD - Crucial M4 64gb (for OS only, I intend on using Windows 7 )

Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8gb ( 2 x 4gb )

Optical drive - ASUS 24x DVD Burner

PSU - Rosewill HIVE-650 ( not sure about this one, would like to keep its price under $100 )

Case - Cooler Master HAF 912

Again, any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated ( and needed )

Thanks everyone
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  1. Here you go:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($288.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1069.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 23:39 EST-0500)

    Go for a higher PSU (750W) if you plan to SLI.
  2. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  3. I just made some changes to the build given by cball to bring it inside your budget and include an i5 3570k..and there is some $ left for getting mouse and keyboard

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tuXl
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tuXl/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tuXl/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $939.30
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-21 09:12 EST-0500)
  4. Will a 550W PSU be enough?
  5. brebak_10 said:
    Will a 550W PSU be enough?


    More than enough, and the xfx PSU has a better rep then the rosewill but not as good as the seasonic.

    You can check it here..

    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

    and you can check for wattage here..

    http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
  6. if you are spending more on the psu then get a modular psu from antec or seasonic like larrym said..550w is enough for a single gpu build..
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