First custom build with research from this site, need help looking over costs, effeciency, and compatability.

I've tried my research for part compatibilities, and tried to cut back things that aren't must have. I'd like help determining if I should upgrade or downgrade any parts based on cost effeciency. Also I'm curious if this build will be satisfactory without overclocking.
Any advice would be appreciated as this is my first build.

here's what i got

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Masscool 8W2002B1M4 51.2 CFM CPU Cooler ($13.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($128.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Wired Laser Mouse ($59.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $1060.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 18:26 EDT-0400)
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  1. What will you use the build for?
  2. I'll be using it for gaming, I've been a macbook user and only played World of Warcraft. I'll be wanting to play Elder Scrolls Online and will try first person shooters, definitely Battlefield 4. Want to avoid upgrading my console and just switch to some various gaming.
  3. I should also mention I'm hoping this build will meet requirements for semi-hardcore gaming for at least the next 2-3 years.
  4. You should also pay attention to the fact that adding a monitor to that will make it at least $1,150-$1,250. What's your budget?
  5. My original budget was $900, I can stretch $1200 not including a monitor. I'll likely use my 32" tv with HDMI for a while and save up for a good monitor.
  6. Yeah, and when you start playing First-Person Shooters on Monitors, you will never go back. It's amazing
  7. I've only witnessed someone play on a good custom build once, the game was Mass Effect 3 and I was awestruck. When I've built it and turned it on the TV, I expect to see the need for a monitor by comparison to then. At that point I'll be doing research and considering my monitor price range.
  8. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Edimax EW-7722PnD 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse Wired Laser Mouse ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1252.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 21:53 EDT-0400)
  9. The r9 being worked in is very appealing, I was considering dual gtx 660 eventually I'd expect the r9 to blow it away. with the possibility of SLI itself way down the road? I started with the 4670k myself but saw a guide on this site suggesting a 3.4Ghz 3350P since the p implied no hd drive which is fine with a gpu, it sounded good but i havent found a 3.4 only 3.1 so I'm curious about that. everything i've ever read suggested the hyper 212 evo so it sounds like it must be that influential? I see you snagged 8gb on the SSD is there any other reason for that suggestion seeing the price diff? I'm extremely thankful for the motherboard suggestion i like what i see so far (yes, mainly $30). Can i get by with 8gb ram? is that one of the things that will be the longest before needing to upgrade? Also, the power supply was one of my primary concerns, and I'm wondering if some of your suggestions are especially well thought for overclocking or if the r9 is the reason for the upgrade. I'll be researching some of this for consideration, and the feeling I'm getting that the top notch gpu will be the key to my type of gaming.

    In the mean time if anyone can help me get a grasp on all this, well you can see theres a lot of ?'s still, because this is new to me. I'm doing my best to research but I think some well rounded tips from experience can go a long way, thanks so far!!
  10. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3zdfK
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3zdfK/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3zdfK/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI H87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($549.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1220.69
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-26 23:51 EDT-0400)
  11. Mason Moore said:
    The r9 being worked in is very appealing, I was considering dual gtx 660 eventually I'd expect the r9 to blow it away. with the possibility of SLI itself way down the road? I started with the 4670k myself but saw a guide on this site suggesting a 3.4Ghz 3350P since the p implied no hd drive which is fine with a gpu, it sounded good but i havent found a 3.4 only 3.1 so I'm curious about that. everything i've ever read suggested the hyper 212 evo so it sounds like it must be that influential? I see you snagged 8gb on the SSD is there any other reason for that suggestion seeing the price diff? I'm extremely thankful for the motherboard suggestion i like what i see so far (yes, mainly $30). Can i get by with 8gb ram? is that one of the things that will be the longest before needing to upgrade? Also, the power supply was one of my primary concerns, and I'm wondering if some of your suggestions are especially well thought for overclocking or if the r9 is the reason for the upgrade. I'll be researching some of this for consideration, and the feeling I'm getting that the top notch gpu will be the key to my type of gaming.

    In the mean time if anyone can help me get a grasp on all this, well you can see theres a lot of ?'s still, because this is new to me. I'm doing my best to research but I think some well rounded tips from experience can go a long way, thanks so far!!


    1) The R9 290X will beat 2 660s in SLI.
    2) Not quite sure what you mean on the second question, can you clarify it please?
    3) The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is one of the most popular CPU coolers, and for good reason. It's cheap, works amazingly well, and isn't massive.
    4) I just went with a bigger SSD, no other reason. Really, any SSD is fine, but Samsung SSDs will be faster than any other SSD on the market.
    5) 8GB of RAM is plenty for gaming, If you want to do stuff like video editing or #D work, grab 16gb.
    6) The PSU has plenty of headroom for overclocking and Crossfire of R9 290s.

    I looked at what CTurbo posted, and you should go for that build over mine. You won't be able to overclock, but the R9 290X will give a nice performance boost over the R9 290.
  12. I'm seeing a lot of complaints about r9's 290x's just "randomly" failing. If this is a general concern I'll find a different option. Most reviews people don't know why, but i get the feeling it could be fine if handled properly. Is it brand or cooling or anything I should consider?
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