Help with my first build please!


Nov 6, 2012
I've already got a list of parts and everything so please just give me your opinion and some constructive criticism. PLEASE don't just say it's a bad build, at least put an explanation why. :)

CASE: Corsair Carbide 300R
PSU: Corsair HX750W Modular
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
CPU: Intel i5 3570K 3.4Ghz
CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
THERMAL PASTE: Arctic Silver 5
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600Mhz
SSD: Adata SX900 256GB
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB
OPTICAL DRIVE: Asus 24x DVD Burner
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OTHER CASE FANS: 4x120mm Cooler Master Fans

BUDGET: Less than $1300
TOTAL: $1296.86

Over-clocking: I'm going to over-clock the CPU to 4.3GHz which is why I chose the 212 EVO. The case fans are for if/when I overclock my GPU there is good air flow. I won't use the rig for any thing but games (no movies, music, pictures, etc.), which is why I don't need an HDD, so I just chose a larger SSD (256GB) rather than a huge HDD (1TB) and a smaller SSD (128GB). 750W power supply is to future proof for any upgrades I might make like CrossFireX on two GPUs.

My budget is below $1300 and right now, this is all at $1296.86. Please make any suggestions! Thanks!
I think you will be better off with a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive, 256GB will be used up quickly if you have a decent game library.
Though if you stick with the 256GB, get this Samsung 830 instead.
May have to wait until it comes back in stock though.

Slightly cheaper and lower profile RAM, so you wont run into issues with the 212 EVO if you want to upgrade to 16GB later.

You dont need the thermal paste, the 212 EVO comes with some. While the Arctic Silver will be better, the difference between the best and worst paste is 2c.

Other than that, the builds good. Don't see any issues with it.


Dec 12, 2011
I don;t know how many games you have, but 256Gb is pretty limited. And the Adata would be fine...

As manofchaulk said, you don't really need the AS5 since the evo comes with TIM.

Also lower profile ram is a good idea also,

As for the PSU I would go for a slightly cheaper nonmodular one, the case case room for the extra cables up front, and also it's platinum certified

The rest of it looks good.