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December 7, 2013 8:30:46 PM

Hey guys my friend from the US wants a gaming PC. It's his first time building a PC but since building a PC is so easy these days i'm sure he'll manage just fine with a tutorial video.

I just want to check with the community to make sure everything is compatible :) 

Heres the build :D 

Case: Rosewill Challenger U3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Asus GTX 760 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Seasonic S12II 620W 80+ bronze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB 2x4 DDR3 1600mhz 1.5v
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i5 4670k - He's not planning on overclocking for a while
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-B85M-D3H LGA 1150 - Simple motherboard. He wont be overclocking till later on in the future
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive: Asus DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thats the build. He doesn't care about having a fancy case so i went with the Rosewill challenger U3 because it has everything he needs. Two fans and a bottom mount dust filter for the PSU.
So will everything on the list work together? Any compatibility issues?

Thank you tomshardware :D 

P.S He already has a copy of Windows 7 64bit

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a b 4 Gaming
December 7, 2013 8:55:44 PM

I would swap the motherboard, its not much more expensive but better in the long run especially when he decides to overclock. May drop the CPU cooler and use the stock one. I changed the drive, as this one is cheaper and just as good imo.

Is he gonna buy it all from newgg? It'll be cheaper if he buys from separate places $903 vs $841.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.13 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $841.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 23:52 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 7, 2013 9:00:52 PM

sportfreak23 said:
I would swap the motherboard, its not much more expensive but better in the long run especially when he decides to overclock. May drop the CPU cooler and use the stock one. I changed the drive, as this one is cheaper and just as good imo.

Is he gonna buy it all from newgg? It'll be cheaper if he buys from separate places $903 vs $841.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.13 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $841.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 23:52 EST-0500)


+1 to this build its very solid and saves some dough.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 7, 2013 9:17:16 PM

If he's got the money, he might as well upgrade to an i7, that will give him a lot more performance. Only up 100 bucks, gives you hyperthreading, which will help a lot in the long run.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.13 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $941.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 00:16 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 7, 2013 9:20:57 PM

there is no benefit to i7 in gaming the i5 is the sweetspot for that market. the i7 will be wasted in all applications that optimize less that 5 cores
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a b 4 Gaming
December 7, 2013 9:29:20 PM

Think with the extra money, he should add a SSD when its cheap enough, even tho a 4770k would increase the price to around $900ish. 4770k would be too CPU heavy for this build. If he wanted more cores may as well switch to a 8320 and put more money into the GPU or a SSD.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 7, 2013 9:32:03 PM

i agree. no need or i7. use i5 if intel and 8320/8350 if amd. and 7950 or gt 770 gpu. ssd helps with load times but will not affect game play as it is for start up and OS only in most cases.
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