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First build, Compatible? Thoughts or Suggestions? *GAMING BUILD*

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August 29, 2013 7:35:04 AM

Hello there, first let me say that I am new to posting on this website, so if I break some unwritten rules or something, don't hesitate to let me know!

Anyways, my name is Matt, and I plan to construct my first build soon. Now I've done the standard research, but with only acquired knowledge and no real practical knowledge on the subject, I was hoping some far more experienced users could give me some pointers. Are these components all compatible? Will I be bottlenecking anything?

P.S. This is a gaming build, and my budget is $1000.

CPU - Intel i5 4670k (if I decide to overclock, I don't wanna have to upgrade cpu. so K from the start) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO8TBOW/ref=ox_sc_a...


GPU - Asus GTX 760 -

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBPKEOI/ref=ox_sc_a...

Mobo - MSI B75

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008S8WA18/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM - Standard Corsair Vengeance 4Gbx2 ddr3 @ 1600mhz (no link required, right?)

HDD - Seagate Baracuda 1TB

Power Supply - Corsair CX Series 500w modular Power Supply

**I have some questions here. Is 500w enough to efficiently power my system?

Case - NZXT Phantom 410 in white. This will easily fit all my components, hopefully?

Also, I might pick up an aftermarket heat sink in the form of the CoolerMaster Hyper212 plus, or maybe evo. Let me know what you guys think.


Again, this is my first ever build so for all I know, these components could blow up when used in conjunction. Okay, i'm not an idiot and I know that probably won't happen, but you get the point. My knowledge on the subject is, at best, basic. So Thank You so much in advance for any tips/pointers/advice/suggestions.

So please, if you have any thoughts at all please post. I would love to hear them. Thank you so much for reading and have a great day.

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August 29, 2013 7:41:00 AM

I'd look at a bigger PSU. It should run the system, but you don't want to be limited in the power department, especially if you ever plan on going SLI with the set up. I've got GTX 760 in SLI and it works quite well.

For the GTX 760 look at something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-2GB-WINDFORCE-GV-N...

You're paying a premium on that ASUS for no real reason and you'll get better cooling performance from the Gigabyte one.

Lastly switch your mobo to a Z87 for overclocking. If you want to stick with MSI look at the Z87-G45 gaming motherboard. You can't OC the multipliers on a B75 processor.

If you're going to get a Hyper212, and ever plan to expand RAM to utilize each DIMM, you won't want to use the high profile RAM. You can get a closed loop cooler on the CPU and still use the high profile RAM and utilize each DIMM. You could get something like a corsair h55 for that.
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August 29, 2013 8:06:29 AM

gpellis87 said:
I'd look at a bigger PSU. It should run the system, but you don't want to be limited in the power department, especially if you ever plan on going SLI with the set up. I've got GTX 760 in SLI and it works quite well.

For the GTX 760 look at something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-2GB-WINDFORCE-GV-N...

You're paying a premium on that ASUS for no real reason and you'll get better cooling performance from the Gigabyte one.

Lastly switch your mobo to a Z87 for overclocking. If you want to stick with MSI look at the Z87-G45 gaming motherboard. You can't OC the multipliers on a B75 processor.

If you're going to get a Hyper212, and ever plan to expand RAM to utilize each DIMM, you won't want to use the high profile RAM. You can get a closed loop cooler on the CPU and still use the high profile RAM and utilize each DIMM. You could get something like a corsair h55 for that.



Wow thanks so much for the quick reply! I would not have known I was paying a premium for the ASUS card. The Gigabyte one has 3 fans too, so thanks a ton! How does this look for a motherboard?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D12OBDG/ref=gno_car...
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August 29, 2013 8:08:34 AM

Though if you go for the msi gaming board look out for the msi gaming version of the gtx760 aswell
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August 29, 2013 8:10:25 AM

That one is fine but I don't believe it supports SLI, only Crossfire which would mean if you ever wanted to add a second GPU you'd need to go with two AMD ones as opposed to the nvidia cards.

Go a little higher and get the G45 if you want to stick with MSI or look at the Gigabyte boards that support SLI/Crossfire. A lot of people have recommended the ASRock Extreme4 as well which I believe sells for around $130-$140 usually.

If you don't plan on ever doing SLI then the first board is fine. Just don't want to limit your upgrade potential as spending a little more now may help you prolong the life of your system later.

Edit: To go along with previous reply you could put the MSI GTX 760 on there if you wanted same manufacturer for everything. I'm sure it performs admirably as well, just check reviews and any comparisons you may find. It's same price. GTX 760 should be around $249-$259, anything over that and you're mostly paying for some kind of fancy design or name, as there's only so much you can actually squeeze out of these cards. Factory overclocks aren't necessarily worth paying for when you can overclock them yourselves with a few clicks, you just want to make sure the cards can adequately cool.
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August 29, 2013 8:18:35 AM

Callam Kitcher said:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-Z77A-G45-GAMING-LGA1155-Mot... thats the z77a g45 gaming.

i have that board and the msi gtx 760 partly as it matches lol but also its nice that all software is from Msi and really easy.


That board is an LGA 1155 and the OP is looking at LGA 1150 with the Haswell so he'd need the Z87 version.

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August 29, 2013 8:23:38 AM

Yeah i know im just throwing out other options that are open to him.
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August 29, 2013 8:24:06 AM

Thank you both for the replies. I bumped up my power supply to a 600W supply. Thank you for pointing out that the multipliers on that mobo are not unlocked. However, the suggested motherboards were a bit out of my budget. Is there a set way to tell that a mobo's multipliers are unlocked?
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August 29, 2013 8:26:07 AM

majasper757 said:
Thank you both for the replies. I bumped up my power supply to a 600W supply. Thank you for pointing out that the multipliers on that mobo are not unlocked. However, the suggested motherboards were a bit out of my budget. Is there a set way to tell that a mobo's multipliers are unlocked?


Anything designated Z87 will be friendly to overclocking the multipliers. You could save on a case by going with a Rosewill Challenger and afford better components, then upgrade the case at a later date.

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August 29, 2013 8:30:33 AM

no it wont be your need to change to a cpu thats an LGA1155, something like a I5 3.3Ghz 2500 is perfect and there a good price too
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August 29, 2013 8:30:39 AM

majasper757 said:
Actually, the z77a looks within my budget. Is this compatible with my CPU?
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Corp-Z77A-G45-GAMING...


It's not, it's a socket LGA 1155 board which supports the previous generation of processors. Haswell is an LGA 1150 board, so you'll need to find boards that support that socket type. If that's within your budget then so is this one: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Motherboard-Motherboards-Z87-...

That one will work with Haswell
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August 29, 2013 8:36:13 AM

Awesome! I can fit that board into my budget.

Gpellis87, thank you so much for all your help this morning. I have reworked my build and feel much more confident about it now. I'm sure I asked some stupid questions but I really appreciate all of the advice. Thanks again!
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August 29, 2013 8:38:54 AM

majasper757 said:
Awesome! I can fit that board into my budget.

Gpellis87, thank you so much for all your help this morning. I have reworked my build and feel much more confident about it now. I'm sure I asked some stupid questions but I really appreciate all of the advice. Thanks again!


Nothing stupid, we all wondered if our first build would work right. Glad I could help.
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