First time building, €1500 gaming rig

Hey everyone,

After many years of happy gaming on laptops, I decided it was time to make a serious upgrade. Here is the current list of parts:
As you can see in the part list, I still have about €500 of budget left for a monitor, aftermarket cooler and upgrades. I'm hoping to be able to play games such as AC4:BF on the highest settings.

This is my first time building a PC, and I would greatly appreciate it if you could look over the list and make suggestions for improvement.

Thanks in advance!
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    This is my suggest.
    You dont need liquid CPU Cooler for gaming. This is for high OC if you plan to rendering or for designing programs. Thats why u dont need I7, I5 with a little OC is good enough for gaming.
    Just take a decent cooler like Hyper 212.
    Second i add you a 27" monitor but at 144hz the perfect monitor for gaming trust me.
    Also with SLi GTX 760 you will be able to play anything at Ultra Settings. I have a single GTX 760 and i can play BF4 at ultra so :)
    But i am 80$ out of budget can u effort that ? or you want me to cut some stuffs ?
    Also you dont need Sound Card Asrock Ex4 have 7.1 Channel on board so...

    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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ 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: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.35 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.53 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VG278HE 144Hz 27.0" Monitor ($374.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1588.75
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 07:17 EST-0500)
  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I wasn't aware that an intel I5 would be better than the AMD with 4.0ghz and 8 cores.
    Will OCing be neccessary? I'm afraid to ruin a good CPU by messing up an OC, since I'm inexperienced in it.
    Do you have any suggestions for a good case? The one on the list now doesn't support the USB 3.0 ports the motherboard offers.
    €1500 isn't my absolute limit, but it's more the amount I'm willing to spend at this time. If going slightly over that figure will significantly increase performance I will definitely not hesitate to go over.
    However, I am thinking of getting a smaller screen and get more RAM instead. Do you think 8GB of RAM will be enough to keep up?

    Once again, thanks for the help!
  3. I5-4670k has single core perfomance 9.9/10 and the amd has 8.2/10 you dont need multicore CPU for gaming, games is not hyper threads right now.
    Even a I3 haswell could be better from a Octa-Core AMD in games so... :)
    Also ok, you dont need to OC your CPU is good enough anyway with stock clock.
    I dont understand what do you mean with he case and the USB 3.0, motherboard has the USB 3.0 not the case so what do you mean "doesnt support"
    And for RAM 8GB is more than enough for gaming.
  4. Ah ok, that's some good info :)
    About the USB ports, when looking at the pcpartpicker site I get this: "ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard has onboard USB 3.0 headers, but the Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports."
  5. asrock z87 extreme 4 has 8xUSB 3.0.You will use the USB 3.0 for some flash disks or external disk so is not big deal you can use the rear panel for those.
    Haf 912 is one of the best air flow case in the market. You can search and take another one case the Corsair 200r/300r and 400r are good also.
  6. I'll think about the case, having front facing USB ports is convenient.
    Thanks for all the help 3Dns, you really helped me out!
  7. You will see no difference with USB 2/3 if you use them for thinks like keyboard,mouse etc.
    No problem dude, have fun with your new machine :-)
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