Are the components in this build for LAN gaming and uni work compatible?

Hello everyone!

I need some help planning a new computer for uni work (MATLAB and Mathematica capable, and Word and Excel capable), but also for gaming and LAN parties. So, I did some research and came up with this:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI
Graphics card: Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce GV-N770OC-4GD
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Memory: Western Digital 2TB Black
OS: Windows 7 64bit
PSU: Cooler Master V700 700W
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130

First question: will all these parts work together? Or have I made some big compatibility mistakes?
And secondly: any comments, advice or criticisms?

Thankyou all!
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  1. are you getting the regular i5 4670 or the unlocked i5 4670K? If you are not getting the "K" cpu, then the "Z" series motherboard may not be necessary fo your needs. Read this for a better understanding of the various chipset series and their features/limitations:

    Also, you may want to consider getting an i7 cpu.

    Additionally, I don't see any optical disc drive shown, unless you have one already.

    If you decide you don't want to oc, then what you have listed is compatible, however, if you will be oc'ing then you will need to get an aftermarket cooling solution, such as the CM Hyper 212 cpu cooler or an AIO water cooling unit.

    Your power supply is larger than what is needed for your build, see here:

    That is not the end-all-be-all for what size PSU you would need as it doesn't take into account any overclocking, it's just a general guide.
  2. Hi animal

    I won't be over clocking, so I won't get the K version or any aftermarket cooling system. Thanks for the heads up about the Z series motherboards, will the Gigabyte GA-H87N be compatible with the parts above?

    I think I'll stick with an i5 because I'm not after the best of the best performance (and i7's are pretty pricey).

    Great article, but I think you also meant to link to a PSU you guide?

    The graphics card requires 600W and various reviews recommend getting a PSU that is about 100W - 150W greater than required. Also, because the PSU is a bit overkill does that mean that it won't be as hot as, say, a 600W PSU (which will be good because the case is quite small)?

    Thanks again!
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    The GA-H87N is fine to work with those parts.

    Really, a 550W PSU would be fine for that system. Recommended wattages are always higher than needed as they are anticipating the worst case scenario situation of a low end generic PSU. A good branded 550W would be plenty to power that rig.
    How much heat the PSU puts out is going to depend on its efficiency, not wattage.

    You arent overclocking so aftermarket cooling isn't necessary, but can be nice to have as its a lot quieter than stock. Something the aforementioned Hyper 212 EVO would be a good option.

    Also have a look into the Bitfenix Prodigy case, might be a better option given your usage.
  4. Luke, sorry for the is the PSU link:
  5. Thanks for the link animal! I think I'll go read more reviews about PSUs in the 550W - 600W region.

    Thanks for the advice manofchalk. If it's too loud when I'm using it, I'll look into an aftermarket cooling solution. And yeah I've looked into the Prodigy a bit, but if I was going to get a case that big I think I would just go the matx version, so I would have the option of SLI later on. Next build maybe!
  6. Made some changes to my build:

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N
    Graphics card: Gigabyte GTX 770 Windforce GV-N770OC-4GD
    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670
    RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz
    Memory: Western Digital 1TB Black
    OS: Windows 7 64bit
    PSU: ?
    Case: Fractal Design Node 304

    Is this still a compatible build?
    And what PSU do you recommend that is shorter than 16 cm and about 550w - 650w?

    thanks heaps
  7. What do you think of the seasonic SSP-650RT Active PFC or SSP-550RT Active PFC? i heard seasonic make good psu
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