First PC Build! Help, I'm clueless!
I know that its supposed to be better to build your own gaming rig so I saved up about $1500 and I'm ready to order parts. I just don't know if I've picked out a decent setup! Please tell me how I can improve this build, or if there is something I'm missing! Do I need fans and fan controllers in addition to the cooler master? Link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3pfiY
You never need a fan controller, only if you want absolute control of your fans and even then you'll only use it like 2 times a month. Also, you don't need to buy thermal paste, it's already applied to the heatsink. Other than that build looks good to me, although i would prefer an Asus motherboard over an MSI one their latest mobo's are supposed to be fine.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Amazon)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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changed the psu to a lower watt cuz you didnt need a 750 for a single gpu, changed the mobo to an asus
Joseph DeGarmo said:Build looks good. An alternate fork in the setup would be swapping the CPU to an i7-4770k and the video card to a GTX 770 if you're going to do heavy rendering and/or CPU-intensive games like Crysis 3, Battlefield 4, and Total War: Rome II.
The games you mentioned pretty much work great on any CPU , it would be a different case in the future.
Also what are you recommending him ? 770 instead of a 780 , dont ever say that , do you even know how much of a boost that will give him in his games ? dont tell him to upgrade to a better CPU. (Leave rendering aside for now.)
The OP has put an amazing build altogether.
Here's the Comparison review between gaming performance of both the processors.
The build is a great build go ahead fella !