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Is this gaming build good? What would you recommend.

Hey everyone, this is my first build and I was hoping I could get some advice. My primary goal is gaming on higher graphics (i.e. Battlefield 4, Skyrim, DayZ, Rust etc.)

Before I post my parts list I have some questions:

1.) Is the intel i5-4760k processor good for gaming? I read somewhere that the i7's aren't necessary for gaming. I know the i5-4760k has overclocking capabilities, which brings me to my next question:

2.) What motherboard should I go with? I probably wont use the overclocking capability right away, but I would like a motherboard that supports it, is cheaper and reliable.

3.) Do you recommend trying to squeeze an SSD HD into my budget? How much will this boost performance? (I am willing to lower overall storage to incorporate it if it is worth it).

Here is my list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($192.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($126.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($332.99 @ B&H)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B BRONZE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1142.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-20 19:49 EST-0500)

EDIT: -----Updated build below-------------
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($126.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($332.99 @ B&H)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1094.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-20 21:03 EST-0500)


Thank you for the help!
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  1. I would change two things immediately.
    The GA-Z87X-OC is a specialized mobo for experienced overclockers,not recommended for a first time builder.
    I would choose a different psu as well.
    Stick with the i5.
    Either one of these boards would be fine.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600438202%20600438203%20600438204%204017&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=280%7C13%2D128%2D591%5E13%2D128%2D591%2DTS%2C13%2D130%2D693%5E13%2D130%2D693%2DTS&percm=13%2D128%2D591%3A%24%24%24%24%24%24%24%3B13%2D130%2D693%3A%24%24%24%24%24%24%24
  2. davcon said:
    I would change two things immediately.
    The GA-Z87X-OC is a specialized mobo for experienced overclockers,not recommended for a first time builder.
    I would choose a different psu as well.
    Stick with the i5.


    Thank you very much for the advice. Is it the brand of power supply that is the problem? or is 750W overkill. Earlier I had actually picked out a corsair 600W (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML0OC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0092ML0OC&linkCode=as2&tag=buildg-20)
  3. vinchinator said:
    davcon said:
    I would change two things immediately.
    The GA-Z87X-OC is a specialized mobo for experienced overclockers,not recommended for a first time builder.
    I would choose a different psu as well.
    Stick with the i5.


    Thank you very much for the advice. Is it the brand of power supply that is the problem? or is 750W overkill. Earlier I had actually picked out a corsair 600W (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML0OC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0092ML0OC&linkCode=as2&tag=buildg-20)


    Well I wouldn't say 750W is overkill but a high quality 650W unit would be fine.
    I'm not slagging EVGA but they are relative newcomers to power supplies(not many reviews available).
    I think you would be better served if you went for a Seasonic or XFX unit.
    SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106
    MSI Z87-G45 Gaming
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=84074&vpn=Z87%2DG45%20Gaming&manufacture=MSI&promoid=1253
  4. davcon said:
    vinchinator said:
    davcon said:
    I would change two things immediately.
    The GA-Z87X-OC is a specialized mobo for experienced overclockers,not recommended for a first time builder.
    I would choose a different psu as well.
    Stick with the i5.


    Thank you very much for the advice. Is it the brand of power supply that is the problem? or is 750W overkill. Earlier I had actually picked out a corsair 600W (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML0OC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0092ML0OC&linkCode=as2&tag=buildg-20)


    Well I wouldn't say 750W is overkill but a high quality 650W unit would be fine.
    I'm not slagging EVGA but they are relative newcomers to power supplies(not many reviews available).
    I think you would be better served if you went for a Seasonic or XFX unit.
    SeaSonic M12II 650 SS-650AM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106
    MSI Z87-G45 Gaming
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=84074&vpn=Z87%2DG45%20Gaming&manufacture=MSI&promoid=1253


    Thanks a ton man. I think I will invest the extra $40 and get that SeaSonic. Do you think everything else is good then? Will this play most games above 40-50 FPS?
  5. Best answer
    Yes I do think your build looks good.
    I can't link to your ram kit though.
    Give me a moment.
    Well I still can't find it.
    Nevermind though because Kingston makes great ram.
    Lots of posters will tell you not to get 16gb.
    Presently the most a gaming rig needs is 8gb.
    I see you've changed the mobo.
    Nice board it's what I run on my main rig.
    The Egg reviews reflect poorly on the UD3H.
    Mine has been fine since purchased last June.
  6. davcon said:
    Yes I do think your build looks good.
    I can't link to your ram kit though.
    Give me a moment.


    Try this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx1600c10d3b1k216g
  7. davcon said:
    Yes I do think your build looks good.
    I can't link to your ram kit though.
    Give me a moment.
    Well I still can't find it.
    Nevermind though because Kingston makes great ram.
    Lots of posters will tell you not to get 16gb.
    Presently the most a gaming rig needs is 8gb.
    I see you've changed the mobo.
    Nice board it's what I run on my main rig.
    The Egg reviews reflect poorly on the UD3H.
    Mine has been fine since purchased last June.


    Alright good to know, thanks! Can I use the UD3H with the i5 4760 for overclocking if I ever decide to do so? I know I'd have to up the cooling system as well but am just curious.

    And yeah I agree about the ram being too much; but I figured that if I use this build for a while it might be good to have in the future. Also, ram seems to be pretty cheap so I figured might as well haha.
  8. vinchinator said:
    davcon said:
    Yes I do think your build looks good.
    I can't link to your ram kit though.
    Give me a moment.


    Try this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx1600c10d3b1k216g


    Well the price is right!
  9. vinchinator said:
    davcon said:
    Yes I do think your build looks good.
    I can't link to your ram kit though.
    Give me a moment.
    Well I still can't find it.
    Nevermind though because Kingston makes great ram.
    Lots of posters will tell you not to get 16gb.
    Presently the most a gaming rig needs is 8gb.
    I see you've changed the mobo.
    Nice board it's what I run on my main rig.
    The Egg reviews reflect poorly on the UD3H.
    Mine has been fine since purchased last June.


    Alright good to know, thanks! Can I use the UD3H with the i5 4760 for overclocking if I ever decide to do so? I know I'd have to up the cooling system as well but am just curious.

    Oh yeah! it overclocks just fine. i7 4770k
    I've ran 4.2 GHz with default voltage.(mild oc)
    4.3 and 4.4 GHz stable no problem.
    Still working out some glitches for 4.5 but that's just me.
    Even had her going @4.6 but that's crazy lol!
    Honestly though it runs like butter @4.3 or 4.4GHz.
  10. davcon said:
    vinchinator said:
    davcon said:
    Yes I do think your build looks good.
    I can't link to your ram kit though.
    Give me a moment.
    Well I still can't find it.
    Nevermind though because Kingston makes great ram.
    Lots of posters will tell you not to get 16gb.
    Presently the most a gaming rig needs is 8gb.
    I see you've changed the mobo.
    Nice board it's what I run on my main rig.
    The Egg reviews reflect poorly on the UD3H.
    Mine has been fine since purchased last June.


    Alright good to know, thanks! Can I use the UD3H with the i5 4760 for overclocking if I ever decide to do so? I know I'd have to up the cooling system as well but am just curious.

    Oh yeah! it overclocks just fine. i7 4770k
    I've ran 4.2 GHz with default voltage.(mild oc)
    4.3 and 4.4 GHz stable no problem.
    Still working out some glitches for 4.5 but that's just me.
    Even had her going @4.6 but that's crazy lol!
    Honestly though it runs like butter @4.3 or 4.4GHz.


    Nice! Good to know. Do you think the i7 would be a better buy?I just couldn't justify the price for a 0.1 GHz difference...but who knows, I am new at this. And should I add fans?
  11. vinchinator said:
    davcon said:
    vinchinator said:
    davcon said:
    Yes I do think your build looks good.
    I can't link to your ram kit though.
    Give me a moment.
    Well I still can't find it.
    Nevermind though because Kingston makes great ram.
    Lots of posters will tell you not to get 16gb.
    Presently the most a gaming rig needs is 8gb.
    I see you've changed the mobo.
    Nice board it's what I run on my main rig.
    The Egg reviews reflect poorly on the UD3H.
    Mine has been fine since purchased last June.


    Alright good to know, thanks! Can I use the UD3H with the i5 4760 for overclocking if I ever decide to do so? I know I'd have to up the cooling system as well but am just curious.

    Oh yeah! it overclocks just fine. i7 4770k
    I've ran 4.2 GHz with default voltage.(mild oc)
    4.3 and 4.4 GHz stable no problem.
    Still working out some glitches for 4.5 but that's just me.
    Even had her going @4.6 but that's crazy lol!
    Honestly though it runs like butter @4.3 or 4.4GHz.


    Nice! Good to know. Do you think the i7 would be a better buy?I just couldn't justify the price for a 0.1 GHz difference...but who knows, I am new at this. And should I add fans?


    The i5 is just as good when gaming .
    Upgrade to the Seasonic and you're golden!
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