Hello, I'm new here but this seems like the place to bounce some ideas around. Basically I was going to get myself a computer as a graduation present until I found out building one from scratch is much cheaper and more rewarding. So after some initial research and fact finding I have a build I'd like to get an opinion on. I'm currently within my budget trying to stay within 1100USD, but I would prefer to stay around this price range to have money to put towards a monitor. CPU:Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 (219.99) Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (114.99) RAM:Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2X4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 128000) Desktop Memory Model(45.99) GPU:SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (299.99) HD:Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (109.99) PSU:SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply (84.99-15.00mail in rebate=69.99) Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (59.99) Drive:LITE-ON DVD Burner- Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM (17.99) Misc:COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack (13.99) Total:952.91 So that is what I have so far. A few things I am questioning, is the RAM I have (DDR3) compatible with the rest of the build? I have that extra pack of 120mm fans because the reviews I have read on the case have all been stellar, the only complaint I have seen is not enough fans to keep everything cool. But it seems like the GPU and the PSU both come with their own fans. So is the 4 pack of fans a waste of money? I intend to use this computer mainly for gaming within my budget if that helps any responses. I hope I've covered all the bases, can't wait to hear the feedback. Thanks in advance!