New build, seeking advice


Nov 24, 2012
As above, this is my first full build and I just wanted to be sure I wasn't missing any glaring problems. I think all these parts are compatible and everything should work. I'm looking for something that can handle some games, but it doesn't have to run at highest settings necessarily. Money isn't really an issue, but I'm not going all out either ($1000 for a video card seems a bit extreme).

A few months ago I bought my wife a Dell XPS desktop. I had always heard that you could build a better computer for the money than you would get buying pre-made. So, I decided to give it a shot.

All parts are from NewEgg. I'm undecided on the video card as listed below. I'm also not 100% on the HDD, SSD, or the optical drive.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

Video: EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Free with Mobo

Optical: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu- ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Mon: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers


Aug 23, 2012
Get this instead if you really want ASUS.

Get the 7950 instead - bigger VRAM, higher bus rate. The 660 Ti is crippled by its low bus rate. If you want nVIDIA, the only GPU I would recommend there is the 670 if you can find one really cheap.

This is a much better SSD, and it's basically a steal with the current sale price.

You don't need a 10000RPM HDD. You already have an SSD, you have all the necessary boot and loading time boost you want. Just get a 1TB 7200RPM HDD.

Ripjaws X is good. If you plan to install a CPU cooler in the future, get the G.Skill Ares or Sniper instead. The tall heat spreaders of the Ripjaws will make the cooler installation a living hell.

Everything else looks good to me.
If money isn't a problem, I suggest getting a 120Hz monitor. You'll see just how much better and smoother the double refresh rate is compared to the 60Hz.


Yes, you´re correct -- it always better build it yourself! :)

I´d not get none of the video cards you´ve posted.

I´d get this one, which is ONLY $329.99 after $20.00 rebate (Free shipping!) > SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit

AMD Radeon HD 7970: Promising Performance, Paper-Launched,3104.html

As for the SSD I´d get OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB SATA III

You won´t need a 750W PSU, but I´d get it for only $59.99 after $25.00 rebate! ;)