hey guys, so basically im new to all this build it yourself pc lark, but love the idea of it. Im primarily wanting a pc for gaming, as well as storing and watching hd movies.
iv came up with this set up so far, id really appreciate it if anyone could steer me in the right direction with any improvements.
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: (Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory) x2
Storage: (Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive) x 2
Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
If I were you I would spend a little less on the cpu (I'd go for a i5 over an i7 - an i7 is only going to get bottle-necked by other components), and use the extra cash to get a better graphics card - AMD 7870's are VERY good value at the moment (just bought one myself ).
Also, I got badly burned by my last ASUS mobo, and personally will never buy one again, I would recommend a Gigabyte mobo personally, however I'm sure my experience with ASUS is in the minority.
Thirdly, unless you're planning on overclocking, you don't need an aftermarket cooler, the stock Intel ones are excellent, and finally, unless you have some seriously expensive audio equipment, sound cards are not necessary these days, your mobo's onboard audio will be perfectly adequate.
Id argue that a quality 500w PSU like Corsair, or SeaSonic would be enough. Unless you wan't to Sli/Crossfire.
You could very well be right, but I've always felt it's better to play it safe with the PSU, especially considering that it's one of the cheaper components, but also one of the ones most likely to blow up.