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A few questions about my 1st PC build

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2O43Y

1. Will this build be limited by any of the components/peripherals?
2. Roughly, how long would you expect this build to last?
3. Will I be able to use this with my tv and an xbox 360 controller on occasion?
4. Will this build be upgradeable in the future?

I already own the monitor. I am not set on the keyboard/mouse (new to pc gaming).
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  1. Best answer
    I really like the build, would change just the PSU:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0587 106.2 CFM CPU Cooler ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake Armor Reveo Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.48 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: BenQ XL2420TE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire TK Wired Gaming Keyboard ($81.24 @ B&H)
    Mouse: ROCCAT Kone XTD Wired Laser Mouse ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1708.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-05 22:18 EST-0500)


    Thermaltake PSUs should be avoided, especially when you can get a much better PSU for cheaper :)

    You can definitely upgrade this. If you stick with 1080p, the 770 will be very good for a long time. And yes, you can download the drivers from the Microsoft website to use your 360 controller with the PC :)
  2. I would second the switch to the Seasonic PSU. Otherwise, nice build!
  3. Well, your questions....

    1. Will this build be limited by any of the components/peripherals?

    The only thing I can recommend now that I'm looking at it a little closer... you may want to consider an SSD at your budget. You'll see a real performance increase in day-to-day use as well as gaming. There are some really good deals on SSDs in the 240-246GB range - that's probably the smallest size I'd get at this point.

    2. Roughly, how long would you expect this build to last?

    Depends on what you mean by "last". For general purpose computing, it will last for quite a while. For gaming, it's hard to tell how fast graphics technology will advance, especially if there is a push into 4k gaming over the next couple years. But I think you're set for at least 2-3 years at 1080p gaming.

    3. Will I be able to use this with my tv and an xbox 360 controller on occasion?

    Yes, but it may be a little loud as living room PC. Assuming your TV is HD with an HDMI input it will definitely work though. It's not a build I would stuff into a media cabinet though.

    4. Will this build be upgradeable in the future?

    Definitely, though you probably won't need to. Easiest to upgrade would be the video card. The CPU, it's hard to say how long the 1150 socket will be around, but it's just out this year, so it's definitely not at EOL.

    You're motherboard is also SLI capable, so you can add a 2nd GPU as an upgrade.

    Here is really a full list of upgrades:

    1. Upgrade to I7 CPU (marginal additional benefit in gaming)
    2. Upgrade the GPU
    3. Add a 2nd GPU of the same type
    4. Expand memory to 32GB
    5. Add SSD, additional HDDs for storage.
    6. Add a liquid cooling setup

    So, basically, yes, you can upgrade.
  4. " you may want to consider an SSD at your budget. You'll see a real performance increase in day-to-day use as well as gaming. There are some really good deals on SSDs in the 240-246GB range - that's probably the smallest size I'd get at this point."

    I was recommended: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009SX6VLC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009SX6VLC&linkCode=as2&tag=techoftomo-20

    Would this be compatible?
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7TE250BW/dp/B00E3W1726/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1391662491&sr=1-1&keywords=ssd
  5. Samsung is better, so that would be a great choice.

    I'm on east coast time, so I'm signing off now. Will check back in the morning.
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