First Time ,,, Long Time ,,, Here's our build!

Hello All!

This is my first time asking for help, but I've lurked here for years. My wife and I are building our first PC together.

We've built our own in the past but never as a couple.

Please critique our build and please make suggestions. This is simply my NewEgg shopping cart. I'm checking out MicroCenter, Amazon, and Fry's. Our budget is ~$1,500 US.

This will be a gaming rig that we want to add to and upgrade over the coming years. I play everthing from FallOut to Diabol and Sims to CoD. Also ones like Far Cry and Halo. We don't video edit but might playing with it in the future along with other "system intensive' programs.

Below is a list I very simply put together (sorry for the size and format) ... I'm very tire and nursing a broken crown so I'm about out of it for the night:

Thank you all in advance and I'll be looking forward to your input.


Opitcal Drive:



Thermaltake Overseer RX-I VN700M1W2N Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case


ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor w/Speakers & HDMI


PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP


CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified


CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M2A1600C10


GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


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

CPU Cooler:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler


SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


Thank you again!

Sphinx and Mrs. Sphinx
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  1. Get 2x4GB ram, 16 is too much, even with occasional intensive loads 8gb is fine.
    Unless you plan to add second gpu later, swap psu for 550w.
  2. if your not into intensive overclocking you can save a bit of coin...ya dont need a z77 mobo and the k series of i5
  3. I left out some usefull info, my bad.

    I do plan going crossfire in the future so that is my reason behind the PSU. :D

    I also will be overclocking to the tune of ~4.5 GHz and I figured the 3570K is a great bang-for-the-buck. :sol:

    My plan is for this unit to last 3-4 years with upgrades and tweeks. Then we will see what's next for the future. :??:

    Do I have any holes or oversites? I feel like I might be missing something and this group is a great resource, I'm very glad to have access to.

    Let me know if there are any questions and thanks for the feedback!

    S & S
  4. Best answer
    SphinxSmith said:
    I left out some usefull info, my bad.

    Do I have any holes or oversites?

    S & S

    not that i see
  5. Best answer selected by SphinxSmith.
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