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September 23, 2013 10:26:15 AM

Hi!
I'm planning on building my first computer in the next few months or so. I've studied all kinds of things on the internet and I think I have the basic knowledge of PC building. What I don't know is that is my planned build allirght. I'm aiming to run all current and a few years old games (for example Far Cry 3, Crysis 3, TES V: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, demanding games anyway) on the higher end of settings.

So, here's my build. Let me know what you think about it.

Motherboard: MSi Z87-G45 GAMING (Could also be a Asus Z87-PRO, if I find the extra money)
RAM: 2x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600
CPU: Intel Haswell i5-4670K
GPU: MSi GeForce GTX 660 2GB Twin Frozr III
PSU: Corsair 650TX V2
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm (I'm also considering a 500Gb or a 750Gb HDD + a ~250Gb SSD, again if I have the money)
Case: BitFenix Outlaw

And in addition, I'm going to slap a few (Corsair) fans on there too. My main concerns are the motherboard and the CPU cooling parts. So, is that a good mobo for gaming and maybe a bit of overclocking too? I've heard that the Haswell CPU's don't clock so well, but I'm not really aiming for a World Champion overclock anyway. And if I do overclock, is the Hyper 212 EVO enough to keep the CPU nice and cool?

My maximum budget is about 1200€ (1600$, 1000£), but I'd like to keep it at a maximum of 1000 € (1350$, 840£), preferably under that, of course.

Thanks in advance!

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September 23, 2013 10:41:41 AM

If you want the msi board I might look into getting just the regular g45 board, when I was first thinking about that board I didnt feel like the gaming gave enough over the cheaper g45 (for me). As for the asus, people really like asus, so I would definitely look into them if you find the money. From what I've heard the evo isnt enough to do major overclocking on that cpu, but I think i've heard of it being ok for minor overclocking. For normal use it runs great.
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September 23, 2013 11:01:54 AM

mc962 said:
If you want the msi board I might look into getting just the regular g45 board, when I was first thinking about that board I didnt feel like the gaming gave enough over the cheaper g45 (for me). As for the asus, people really like asus, so I would definitely look into them if you find the money. From what I've heard the evo isnt enough to do major overclocking on that cpu, but I think i've heard of it being ok for minor overclocking. For normal use it runs great.


I believe the standard G45 isn't available in my country, but I found a third MSi mobo, the Z87-G55. This is around the same price range as the G45 Gaming. Could this be a possible option?
Anyway, I'm going to compare the boards and look into the Asus boards more. But hey, thank you that cleared things a lot!
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September 23, 2013 11:12:13 AM

There are some cheaper boards from asus than the pro, if you still want asus and not spend as much you might want to look into those (z87-a is one such option to possibly look into)
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September 23, 2013 11:13:30 AM

mc962 said:
There are some cheaper boards from asus than the pro, if you still want asus and not spend as much you might want to look into those (z87-a is one such option to possibly look into)

Allright, thanks again.
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