Are these specs good and compatible for a first time builder?

16th of March 2014 1

Are these specs good and compatible for a first time builder?

Question by Richard B: Are these specs good and compatible for a first time builder?
I’m building my first computer and I was wondering if these specs would be compatible with each other, good picks and overall future ready for gaming. My budget is $ 1100. Here they are:

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Western Digital WD Black 1TB 3.5″ SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 660 02G-P4-2662-KR Video Card

ASUS 24X DVD Burner – Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 With Side Panel Window

Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Thanks ahead of time.
I also plan to do some application development, virtualboxing, photo shop, etc. and as far as AMD and Intel is concerned , im not sure if spending more for an i7 or i5, vs an AMD chip makes a difference. I do have logitech speakers, mx revolution mouse and a 2yr old gaming keyboard. I also have some old monitors around but getting new monitors can wait.

Best answer:

Answer by Novus
Everything is compatible.
If you are planning on overclocking, I’d recommend dumping that stock cooler for an aftermarket one such as the Hyper 212+.
Also, i7’s do not necessarily add greater performance due to games not utilizing hyperthreading, and even then improvements may not be great enough to warrant the price difference.
This is a great bundle with an i5 (they have many decent ones, just none with i7s):

If you are not partial to any one brand, perhaps consider an HD 7870. Around the same price, and even if not greater performance depending on resolution.
The reason for this suggestion is AMD’s Holiday Gaming bundles. Free Far Cry 3 may be enticing to you.

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  1. kurniawanirawan 11:31 am 16/03 of 2014

    AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
    $ 179.99…
    comment: yeah yeah, intel is better but too costly. This 8 core should suffice for at least 3 years. You better save the money for SSD later. make sure you get 4GHz because you want it to work as fast as it could, right? Don’t worry about the heat, the hsf below will protect the cpu.

    ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS…
    $ 119.99
    Free 8G desktop memory w/ purchase, limited offer
    comment: it got 2x4Gb DDR3-1600 CL9 for free

    Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1600ELK…
    $ 37.99
    comment: you’ll need a smaller ram’s heatsink so that this two ram will be put closest to the cpu. Just in case the heat sink for cpu might bump with the high build ram’s heatsink. With the additional free ram from motherboard, you have 16 Gb ram in total.

    Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply…
    $ 69.99 with Rebate
    comment: 750W pure should be enough for any single graphic card (even with dual gpu). I don’t believe in crossfire and SLi effectiveness, i still believe 1 expensive card is better than 2 less expensive card in performance and compatibility issues.

    Heat sink:
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 “Heatpipe Direct Contact” Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel 1366/1155/775 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+…
    $ 19.99 after $ 10.00 rebate
    Comment: cheap, good quaity and most popular. What more can you ask? If the free ram is too big for this hsf, put the smaller ram near cpu, this should do the trick.

    OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5″ 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)…
    $ 99.99
    comment: You did said you want the best right?
    Only install window and games in this SSD, data and else put in normal hdd

    Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive…
    $ 119.99

    COOLER MASTER Elite 431 Plus RC-431P-KWN2 Black Steel Body (0.5mm SECC), ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case…
    $ 34.99 after $ 20.00 rebate
    comment: you can call me cheap, but i would rather spend the money for hardware than looks.

    LITE-ON DVD Burner – Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 – OEM…
    $ 15.99
    comment: forget the blue ray. It isn’t practical and expensive.

    Total without gpu: $ 698.91

    MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card…
    $ 429.99 after $ 40.00 rebate

    Total gaming pc : $ 1128.89

    This is without window 8, monitor, keyboard and speaker.

    Oh forgot extra fan to cool your case:
    2 piece of KINGWIN CF-012LB 120mm Case Fan
    too much link, so i have to edit…
    $ 4.79 ea.
    comment: one at the back of the case, out flow. One at the top of the case, in flow.

    Other member told me thermaltake psu is not good enough, ok here other option with $ 10 more expensive:
    COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAD3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    $ 79.99 with Rebate
    not enough link


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