My First Build, Any Tips Welcome!

If anything isn't compatiable with anything let me know, but I believe I have the best parts that my $1500 budget can afford.

For those that don't like pictures for whatever reason:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad Core
  • RAM: G SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
  • MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM
  • Solid State Drive: Kingston HyperX 120GB
  • Power Supply Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700W
  • Case: NZXT Crafted Series Temptest 410 Elite Black
  • Monitor: ASUS VH242H 23.6" LCD

Your motherboard is bundled with 8GB of RAM already I'd say get rid of the G Skill kit and just use that. Other than that it looks like a nice build.

You're right, but could I just use the included ram in addtion to the G Skill? Or would that somehow mess things up?

I suppose you could but 24GB is a bit overkill for general use you'll just have to mess around in the BIOS a bit to make sure the timings and all match up. I'm not an expert on RAM or anything but I don't think you can use mis matched capacities without changing it to single channel which well slow down RAM performance. I could be completely wrong though. Either way 8GB is enough for gaming and such unless you're going to be doing video rendering, editing etc.

Thank you for the input! I didn't add that Patriot 2x4GB RAM it just comes included with my mobo. Much appreciated though thank you!

You might want to add an aftermarket cooler. I don't know this from experience but a lot of the reviews on Newegg say that the included heatsink and fan are hard to mount and make lots of noise.

Here is my updated setup guys:

 I think this is perfect. Let me know whachu think.