Need help with PC Build

This is my first time building a PC and this is the build I came up with.

I don't know what motherboard or case to get with my build, and I want to stay away from water cooling.

Any improvements on my build? I am willing to spend up to 1750$

Is it for gaming ? Do you plan on overclocking anything ? Would you be intrested in a closed loop water cooling system for your CPU, no maintenance needed ? Is there a particular reason you went for socket 1155 (sandy & ivy) over 1150(haswell) ?

Its for gaming, I'm not planning to overclock. I'm a noob to this so i'm not intrested in water cooling. And I don't know what socket 1155 is.

First off, very good build. But for a better machine that will get you through about 4-5 more years, I would get at least 8 GB of RAM and a higher wattage PSU. I would get this board:

He's not going to be overclocking.  He doesn't need such an expensive motherboard like the sabertooth :P.

Sounds like you're new around here.  I'll see if I can help you out.

Socket 1155 refers to the socket the CPU is made for.  Intel has their line of CPUs, mainly the i-series.  The first generation(all of this refers to Intel's I-series) has 1366 pins, and was therefore called LGA 1366.  Intel's 2nd and 3rd generation of chips has a socket of 1155 pins, therefore being called LGA 1150.  Intel's latest socket to-date, 1150, follows the same naming scheme.  Intel's first generation of I-processors have a name of i#-###.  Second generation had i#-2###.  Third gen had i#-3###.  Fourth generation has i#-4###.  See the pattern?

Now, some suggestions on your build.  You didn't state a budget, so I assumed the build you posted was your budget.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor.  You don't need an i7 for gaming.  Most of the game will rely heavily on the graphics, the GPU.  As you can see, the CPU I picked is a third-generation processor.  However, the fourth generation series is out.  Why would I pick an "older" processor?  The fourth generation processors don't have much to offer the desktop world.  They run hotter, and have better integrated graphics.  The fourth generation processors just don't give you the performance increase as you'd probably think.  I personally chose an Intel i5-3570K when Haswell(codename for Intel's fourth generation CPUs) was out, and I have absolutely no complaints.

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler.  You really don't need a cooler on your CPU, unless you do it for CPU longetivity(even though they last quite awhile, and will become outdated before they break, usually) or bling.  The stock cooler will work fine, but if you still want a cooler that'll be a bit quieter and make your CPU run nice and cool, this would be a great option.  The difference between the Plus and EVO is maybe 1-2c.  Not worth the extra money.

Motherboard(MOBO): MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard.  It contains the capability for SLI in the future.  Unfortunately only the higher end chipsets support this feature.

RAM(Random Access Memory): G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory.  If you're not using a dedicated graphics card, you only need speeds of around 1600mhz.  The numbers after DDR3-#### indicate the clock speed of the memory.  IN GENERAL, the higher, the faster.  This ram is on sale right now at DDR3-1600 prices, so I picked it up.  It also fit the color scheme.  8GB is about the minimum you should get for a gaming build.  4GB will often max out in games.

SSD: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk.  What's an SSD?  A solid state drive.  These are MUCH, MUCH faster than a typical mechanical hard drive.  Install Windows 7 and your commonly used programs onto here, and your boot times and program launch times(for those installed on the SSD) will be seconds, if not instant.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive.  Typical 1 Terabyte hard drive.  This is all you'll really need for a computer.

GPU: PNY GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card.  I switched out your GTX 770s in SLI for a GTX 780.  I believe that getting a stronger, single GPU is always better, as not all games support SLI(even though the GTX 770 is a beast).  If you ever desire more performance than a GTX 780 can deliver(and they're pretty damn powerful), I also planned this build for future upgradeability.

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case.  I would have gone with the Fractal Design Define R4 as it's a stellar case that's quiet, but the windowed version is currently $120.  If you can find it around 80-100, pick it up.

PSU(power supply unit): EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply.  This will be able to handle the GTX 780s in SLI, even if you decide to overclock them a little bit.  It's gold certified, and will run relatively cool.

OD: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer.  Typical optical drive.  Nothing fancy.

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit).  It was in your build.  Windows 7 FTW.

I hoped this helped you a little bit.  If you need any more help, then please do ask questions!

My budget is 1700, any modifications to my current build?

That build looks very solid, however I need a bigger hard drive. Would any be compatible or are there certain ones I need? Also if I get rid of the solid state will I be able to get 2 GTX 780s? And if I could would it be worth it? Also I didn't notice any fans, how would I keep it cool?

All SATA HDDs should work  I fit in a 3TB HDD and 128GB SSD.

Dual GTX 780s is stupid powerful and expensive.  I'd go with the 770s as the SSD will be worth the money.

Fans are included with the case.

Thank you for your help, I will be using that build. Unless someone improves on it, which seems very unlikely.

However, going though your build, the names were obscure to me so I built a build that has more famliar names that I can get help with easier.

Would all this stuff be compatible?


All the brands I pick are usually what I trust.  PNY, G.Skill, and A-DATA are all pretty good brands.  Toshibas drives are usually good.  All of the ones I've had work well.  Some people don't like Toshibas, though.  Up to you.

However with my edits, are all my parts compatible? 

If you're talking about:

yeah, looks like everything should work out.

Here's a new haswell i7 build with better parts, especially the power supply. regarding the pny gpu's(lifetime warranty) they are made well and have a nice triple fan cooler, you can use the evga overclocking tool on them if you want. If you want to save a few bucks I bet you'll find a nice big mechanical hdd on sale black friday. Don't mind the ugly ram heatsinks you just just pry any ram heatsinks right off because they are purely cosmetic.

If you can avoid paying for the OS, this system offers a ton of power for the price.

You would honestly be better off with dual 680's that have aftermarket coolers, or dual 770's with aftermarket coolers. Anything to get away from that blower-style cooler. 

Mndless, first off he said he wasn't overclocking. That ssd isn't as reliable as the samsungs controller. That psu is junk compared to the rebranded seasonic which has 70a on a single rail. The toshiba hdd isn't as reliable, the ram is expensive and bad comparatively. As for the gpu options, you could get a single gtx 770 and wait for maxwell, a 770 sli, 780, or a 780 ti. 770 and 770 sli is limited to 2gb vram and the 4gb 770 lose performance using more than 2gb vram on their 256-bit bus.