First system ever - thoughts/feedback

dallese

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Hey guys! So, recently I decided that is was about time that I build my very first PC! It is sooo exciting and really fun to do the research, but just to be sure, I would really like some advice since it is my first build.

What is your intended use for this build?
I intend to do gaming and ONLY gaming - no streaming, recording or video editing. I would love to play at 60 FPS ultra settings for at least the next year (1080p), and the build should be able to handle games at adequate settings the next 5 years (although I am willing to spend money on upgrades during this time).
If gaming, what kind of performance are you looking for? (Screen resolution, FPS, game settings)
1080p, 60 FPS, ultra settings the next year.

What is your budget?
This build is 1200 dollars - but since I live in Denmark the parts are a bit more expensive, so my parts might not entirely reflect that ;) However, I do have enough to spend a little more, if it is truly worh it.

Here is my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2T4Dyc

And thanks a lot to any who takes their time to help me in anyway! You guys are great!
Here is a few questions (thought you don't have to answer them ;) ):
1) First of all: Do my parts fit? :p I think they do... - but I am a bit unsure (especially concerning the powersupply).
2) I am really in doubt as to wether I should do OC my CPU. Is it hard and would it be possible for me to do it later on as an upgrade of sorts?
3) Do I need another cooler for my CPU?
4) Is my motherboard overkill?
5) Is there better and cheaper RAM?
6) Is it worth it to go with an M.2 SSD at this point?
 
I see that the Gigabyte board is cheaper than the MSI. It has 8 digital power phases, better than the 4 doubled hybrid phases of the MSI.

This is the cheapest memory I would use from your site if I were going to overclock. https://www.komplett.dk/hyperx-fury-ddr3-1866mhz-8gb-blue/812855 and this https://www.komplett.dk/corsair-vengeance-pro-ddr3-2133mhz-8gb/782902 is good too. You do not need to spend more.

If you were to decide not to overclock.
Processor https://www.komplett.dk/intel-core-i5-4460/815204
Bundkort https://www.komplett.dk/gigabyte-ga-h97n-wifi-socket-1150/815875
RAM https://www.komplett.dk/crucial-ddr3-ballistix-sport-1600mhz-8gb/744179

and keep the rest. You could drop to this PSU too https://www.komplett.dk/xfx-proseries-core-edition-550w-psu/657685
 
1. Yes everything will fit together. You have selected a good PSU and have the reserve power to add a second GPU later if that should be necessary to maintain performance in a few years time as games get even more demanding.
2. OC is not hard, but it will be of very limited value in gaming. Gaming systems are usually GPU limited, even yours, so increasing the CPU power doesn't do much.
3. If you plan to overclock, and WHEN you do it, you should get a modest air cooler for that CPU.
4. Your motherboard should be better if you plan to overclock (but not more expensive in the US) The Gigabyte GA 97X-Gaming 5 is a much better motherboard for overclocking, with significantly better power phases than the one you have selected, and it does not cost more.
5. Yes. This http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c9d8gxl
6. Not for gaming.

If you point me to a Danish site, I can check to see what your best motherboard option is.

For what you want to do a i5 4460/ H97 motherboard combination will work fine.
 

dallese

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Thanks a lot man! :)

Then I think I will wait with the overclocking for later.

Here is a danish site: https://www.komplett.dk/k/k.aspx
They have the motherboard you are referring to, so if that is the best option, I will definitely pick that.

Hmmm, I will look for a danish store with the G.skill ram then!
 
I see that the Gigabyte board is cheaper than the MSI. It has 8 digital power phases, better than the 4 doubled hybrid phases of the MSI.

This is the cheapest memory I would use from your site if I were going to overclock. https://www.komplett.dk/hyperx-fury-ddr3-1866mhz-8gb-blue/812855 and this https://www.komplett.dk/corsair-vengeance-pro-ddr3-2133mhz-8gb/782902 is good too. You do not need to spend more.

If you were to decide not to overclock.
Processor https://www.komplett.dk/intel-core-i5-4460/815204
Bundkort https://www.komplett.dk/gigabyte-ga-h97n-wifi-socket-1150/815875
RAM https://www.komplett.dk/crucial-ddr3-ballistix-sport-1600mhz-8gb/744179

and keep the rest. You could drop to this PSU too https://www.komplett.dk/xfx-proseries-core-edition-550w-psu/657685
 

dallese

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Alright! I will go with the Gigabyte!

Is the G.Skill memory you suggested the best option? I found a danish site to get it, and it is pretty cheap :)

I think I will overclock this build later, so I will stick with the Gigabyte Z97X - and the PSU for SLI in the future as you suggested.

Thanks a lot for your help!
 

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