Are these compatible? Also do I need CPU cooling?

Hi guys!
Im building a gaming PC, to run 2014-15 games on the highest settings
at a high fps. These are my current specs:

i5-4670k CPU
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
bequiet 700W PSU
8gb RAM
Hyper212 Evo cooling
2tb HDD
Corsair Vengeance C70 case

Now I'm worried if the motherboard is comaptible
with all the parts, and if it is a good motherboard.
It's 160$ so if you can recommend anything better I'd like to stay around that price range.
My 2nd question is, do I need cooling? Or can I use the CPU stock cooler.
And does it matter which type of RAM I get?

Thanks for replying, it's helping me out quite a bit.
It's my first build :)
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  1. That motherboard is a nice one, good for overclocking. If you intend to overclock, you'll want an aftermarket cooler. The Hyper212 EVO is not a bad cooler, but there are better bang/buck choices, like the Xigmatek Gaia. NZXT has an inexpensive 120mm tower cooler as well that is also likely to work within +/- 2C-3C.
  2. Alright, so the motherboard is compatible with everything?
    I will look into the aftermarket cooler you mentioned,
    but my do you have the answer to my ram question?
  3. Best answer
    Ya you need to get a DDR3 ram.
    Change your psu to a corsair or seasonic , their psu's perform better.
    If you willl be overclocking then you need aftermarket cooler otherwise stock cooler is fine.
    EVO 212 is the best in the market in terms o price and performance.
    Parts are compatible
  4. The 212 EVO is NOT the best in the market, although a lot of people parrot that learned response. I use and recommend the Xigmatek Gaia over the slightly inferior Hyper212 EVO:

    Unlike the Hyper212 EVO (ignore the URL; it IS the EVO they tested), the Gaia never throttled, although it wasn't always the coolest depending on the fan used. Both got awards, but the Gaia is usually cheaper as well, making it the better choice. NZXT's new model is even less.

    As to the RAM, DDR3-1600 is what you will likely want. DDR3-1333 is only slightly slower, and DDR3-1866 may be slightly faster, but in neither case is the difference a big deal. Make sure it is CAS9 or better, and runs on 1.5V or less.
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