First PC build

Drake Orunitia

Nov 16, 2012
My built is leaning towards gaming.
List of games I would be playing:
StarCraft series
Diablo series
Command & Conquer series
Guild Wars 2
RollerCoaster Tycoon
I want to be able to run the games on their highest setting.
Other uses: watching blu-ray movies, surfing the net.

Desktop case: Thermaltake MK-1 Chaser
Processor: Intel Core i5-3570k
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 extreme4 LGA 1155 intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6GB/s USB 3.0 ATX intel
Desktop Memory (RAM): Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866mhz
Solid State Drive: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC internal
Video card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 02G-P4-2678-KR
Power Supply: Corsair 650w gold certified

Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
Screen I am looking at: 23" samsung syncmaster LED monitor with 2ms response time.

Website for purchases:

My questions.
1. Would the case with all this include have ample space for a cooling system?
2. Is the power supply sufficient enough or is it better to get more wattage for future add-ons?

Any general comment about components or concern about a certain component please share. I had more questions but they currently escape my mind.
Your case will be fine. You will have plenty of room for all parts.

If you plan to run 2 GPU's I would think about a PSU like one of these:

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $174

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $134

SILVERSTONE Strider Gold Evolution SST-ST75F-G Evolution 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified 100% Modular, Active PFC Power Supply, with 140mm Fan Filter $144

Just remember do not go cheap on your power supply. This is the heart of your system


Aug 23, 2012
Save yourself a few cash and get 1600MHz RAM instead. You'll see no real difference between that and 1866MHz.
I suggest getting a low profile module as well.

The 670 isn't as power hungry as the 7970, a 750w PSU should be more than enough even on SLI.

I don't really like EVGA as well, they use reference cooling which tends to be louder than custom ones and have inferior performance in regards to temps. Actual GPU performance is arguable.

Get the Gigabyte Windforce x2 instead.

That said, the Radeon 7970 outperforms the 670, and at a slightly cheaper price.