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First time PC Builder, Has some questions to clear up.

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December 28, 2013 5:20:35 PM

Always wanted to build my own gaming PC, but never had the time or money to build one until recently. I have been messing around online on builds, and right now i have this build that I like:
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However, since this is my first time I have certain concerns/questions I want to clear up before I start to go ahead and build this or change certain parts.

1. How many case fans are actually necessary for a gaming rig?
2. Is it necessary to watercool my processor if I'm going to overclock my i5 to 4.0ghz?
3. Do the parts I have now able to run games like BF4, AC4, and so on?
4. Is there any way for me to improve my build, something that will maintain it's current price but better performance?
5. Any tips, tricks, advice, or references for a first time builder like me?
6. How do you overclock a CPU? Is it through the BIOS?

If the link isn't working, here's the parts list:
PCPartPicker part list: http://
Price breakdown by merchant: http://
Benchmarks: http://

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($135.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.09 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($519.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Shadow Series BFC-SDO-150-KKXBR-RP ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm Fans ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DVD-E818AAT/BLK/B/GEN DVD/CD Drive
Monitor: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor ($167.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $1440.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 20:16 EST-0500)

I thank you guys in advance for taking your time to help me.

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December 28, 2013 5:32:25 PM

How many case fans - 4 should do nicely IMO.

You can push the i5-3570K past 4 GHz with a good air cooler.

You will be able to play BF4 at 1080p on Ultra getting over 60 fps.
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December 28, 2013 6:35:52 PM

aevm said:
How many case fans - 4 should do nicely IMO.

You can push the i5-3570K past 4 GHz with a good air cooler.

You will be able to play BF4 at 1080p on Ultra getting over 60 fps.


So I should get an aftermarket cooler?
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