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First time building a gaming PC, need opinions and help.

So this is my first time building a gaming pc and I have some parts in mind that from what I can tell from what research I did are fairly decent.
Intel Core i5-4670K.
Asus Z87-A.
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8G0B (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory.
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive.
Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card.
Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply.
I have not been able to find a case that I really like with good ventilation because overclocking is something I feel I will be interested in once I learn more about it. Another item I need is an optical drive so please help I'd love to hear your opinions and reasoning behind said opinions. If theres anything I might have missed don't be shy I welcome all the help I can get!
Also only trying to spend between $700- $900 I do plan on upgrading in the future though.
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  1. Looks pretty good. I dont know what your budget is but I would go with a better graphics card. I would upgrade to a GTX 760 at a min but would recommened a 770 or 780. If you do upgrade to a 700 serries you most likely will have to go with a bigger power supply atleast a 650 or higher.
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    hohocasa said:
    So this is my first time building a gaming pc and I have some parts in mind that from what I can tell from what research I did are fairly decent.
    Intel Core i5-4670K.
    Asus Z87-A.
    G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8G0B (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory.
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive.
    Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card.
    Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply.
    I have not been able to find a case that I really like with good ventilation because overclocking is something I feel I will be interested in once I learn more about it. Another item I need is an optical drive so please help I'd love to hear your opinions and reasoning behind said opinions. If theres anything I might have missed don't be shy I welcome all the help I can get!


    If you plan on overclocking, I would pick up a better PSU. Those are good all around PSUs, but aren't top of the line by any means.

    About the optical drive, just pick anything you can find, there's really not much of a difference lol

    About the GPU, get the 760 instead. Only like $20 more, but gives you MUCH better performance, as the 660 is a generation older. If you can't go above your number, go for the 270x from AMD, which also handily beats the 660, and is even cheaper.

    About the case, what size are you looking for? There are plenty of cases with good airflow, but I want to know what size you're looking for/what style/color/etc, as cases are much more personal like than anything.

    Let me know!
  3. HiTechObsessed said:
    hohocasa said:
    So this is my first time building a gaming pc and I have some parts in mind that from what I can tell from what research I did are fairly decent.
    Intel Core i5-4670K.
    Asus Z87-A.
    G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8G0B (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory.
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive.
    Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card.
    Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply.
    I have not been able to find a case that I really like with good ventilation because overclocking is something I feel I will be interested in once I learn more about it. Another item I need is an optical drive so please help I'd love to hear your opinions and reasoning behind said opinions. If theres anything I might have missed don't be shy I welcome all the help I can get!


    If you plan on overclocking, I would pick up a better PSU. Those are good all around PSUs, but aren't top of the line by any means.

    About the optical drive, just pick anything you can find, there's really not much of a difference lol

    About the GPU, get the 760 instead. Only like $20 more, but gives you MUCH better performance, as the 660 is a generation older. If you can't go above your number, go for the 270x from AMD, which also handily beats the 660, and is even cheaper.

    About the case, what size are you looking for? There are plenty of cases with good airflow, but I want to know what size you're looking for/what style/color/etc, as cases are much more personal like than anything.

    Let me know!



    Thanks for the info on the GPU I definitely would rather spend a few bucks extra to have better graphics without a doubt!
    I guess for the case either a full tower or mid tower would be my preference. I do kinda like this Rosewill: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case but I don't believe its compatible with the motherboard because of the front USB ports or something (that's what pcpartpicker,com says at least) and I kinda like the look of this Apevia: APEVIA X-Sniper X-SNIPER2-BL Black Steel ATX Mid Tower but I do not know if this is compatible with the MoBo and stuff. I'm probably only looking to spend $100 total on the case. A few of these parts were on a combo gaming pc on Newegg's website so I kinda used that as a basis and started branching off from there so I'm definitely inexperienced at choosing parts so I really appreciate the help. I also plan on building a pc in the next couple months so I definitely want to get as much info about parts as I can.
  4. I have the Rosewill Challenger, it's a good case for the price. Has cable management behind the motherboard, although it could be a little roomier lol and the warning you are getting on PCPartPicker is just that the Challenger doesn't have USB 3.0 on it, whereas your motherboard supports it.

    Basic rule is if it says ATX Tower or ATX Gaming or ATX Mid Tower, it can handle any size motherboard. As long as it is an ATX style tower, you are fine, and I won't tell you which one you can and can't buy lol

    Also be sure to get a cooler if you plan to overclock a little. I have the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, and it keeps my CPU very cool, and I run my 4670k at 4.3GHz.
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