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My First Computer Build. Advice/tips?

DrewJKL

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This is going to be my first build, I just wanted some professional advice, opinions and help.I am only 16 years old and trying to build a gaming computer.

This is going to be the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9HyRwP

First: Is it going to be cool enough. should I use liquid cooling or is the cooler master 212 EVO good enough. Should I add another case fan. I would like to run games like Day-Z.

Second: What games can I run?

Third: Is that graphics card any good?

Fourth: Do all the parts look of good quality will they all fit/compatible with each other do you see any problems?

I know I don't need 16GB ram earthier but my MOBO supports up to 32, if I go to upgrade I can. But windows 7 only supports 16 so maybe I should just get two 4GB and get the total of 8GB and save some money. Let me know what I should do or if you see any problems or concerns.

Thanks, Drew






 

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212 Evo is adequate for mild overclocking, however the motherboard you have picked won't allow that. You would need a Z97 chipset.

GTX760 is a mid-range video card, this should allow you to run nearly any contemporary game from high to maximum settings at 1920x1080. For a single card system I would lean towards a GTX780 in a $1500 build.

16GB is not necessary for a pure gaming machine. Windows 8 / 8.1 supports more the 16GB if that is a concern.

Not sure what the 500GB harddrive is for, fairly small by today's standards. For not a lot more you can get a 1TB and for under $100 2TB drives.
 

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212 Evo is adequate for mild overclocking, however the motherboard you have picked won't allow that. You would need a Z97 chipset.

GTX760 is a mid-range video card, this should allow you to run nearly any contemporary game from high to maximum settings at 1920x1080. For a single card system I would lean towards a GTX780 in a $1500 build.

16GB is not necessary for a pure gaming machine. Windows 8 / 8.1 supports more the 16GB if that is a concern.

Not sure what the 500GB harddrive is for, fairly small by today's standards. For not a lot more you can get a 1TB and for under $100 2TB drives.
 
A decent list.
Here are my thoughts:

1. The cooler is fine for a conservative overclock of the "K"
2. The hyper212 will come with good enough thermal paste.
3. You really need to use a Z97 based motherboard if you want to take advantage of the "K" by overclocking. No need for anything expensive.
4. Good pick on ram. I like 16gb. Windows will keep more code in ram available for instant reuse. If your budget were tight, 8gb would be fine.
5. 240gb evo is perfect.
6. Why not defer on the hard drive until you need space? 500gb is too small for storage.
7. Good gaming is determined mostly by the graphics card. GTX760 is quite good, but a GTX770 would be a better balance with a 4690K. No need to pay extra for fancy coolers. A EVGA unit with a stock blower cooler will keep your case cooler and do the job.
8. Cases are a personal thing. Buy it if you love it. I prefer smaller cases and M-ATX sized motherboards. Look at the Silverstone PS07 which is half the price and a M-ATX Z97 motherboard
Which should be under $100. Any will do.
Other parts are fine.
 

Eximo

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If this is a little too much, drop down to a GTX770.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cVVRwP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cVVRwP/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($241.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB DirectCU II Video Card ($459.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($139.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1561.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-20 10:42 EDT-0400
 

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