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Suggestion and compatibility question, Building my own PC for the first time.

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May 14, 2014 7:21:04 PM

So I'm attempting to put my first PC together and I was hoping someone would help me confirm that none of the parts I've chosen are incompatible. And if you got any suggestions I'd appreciate it, specifically was in a dilemma between two video cards. First time I'm getting a dedicated gaming PC after a very long time so I'm excited. Here's the list:

Asus Z87-A Motherboard - ATX, LGA1150, Intel Z87 Express Chipset, 2800 MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, Quad-GPU CrossFireX Ready - Z87-A

Intel Core i5-4460 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB Smart Cache, 3.4GHz, LGA-1150 Socket - BX80646I54460

Video card:
Asus GeForce® GTX 750 TI Graphics Card - OC Edition, 2 GB GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0 x16, 2 x DVI, D-Sub,


EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Video Card - 2GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0 (x16), 1x Dual-Link DVI-D, 1x Dual-Link DVI-I, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, DirectX 12, SLI, Dual-Slot, ACX Cooler - 02G-P4-3765-KR

Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 16GB Desktop Memory Module Kit - 2x 8GB, 1600MHz DDR3, CL10, DIMM - HX316C10FK2/16

Kingston V300 240GB Solid State Drive Desktop Kit - 2.5" Form Factor, SATA III 6Gb/s - SV300S3D7/240G

Corsair HX650 Power Supply - 650-Watts, Modular, ATX, Single 12V Rail, 80 Plus Gold - CP-9020030-NA

Corsair Carbide Series 330R Computer Case - Mid Tower, 3x 5.25" Bays, 4x 3.5" Bays, 7x Expansion Slots, 1x 120mm Fan, 1x 140mm Fan, 2x USB 3.0, 2x Audio Ports, - CC-9011024-WW

BenQ RL2455hm 24" Class LED Gaming Monitor - 1920 x 1080, 16:9, 12000000:1 Dynamic, 1000:1 Native, 1ms, 2x HDMI, VGA, DVI-D, Built-in Speakers, Energy Star - RL2455HM

CPU cooling:
Corsair Hydro Series H90 Liquid Cooler - Quiet, 140mm Fan, Leak-free Tubing, Advanced Cold Plate, Supports Multi Socket, Aluminum Radiator - CW-9060013-WW

Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Internal 12x Blu-Ray Burner - BD-R 12x, BD-R DL 8x, BD-R LTH 4x, BD-RE 2x, BD-RE DL 2x, DVD±R 16x, DVD+RW 8x, DVD-RW 6x, DVD±R DL 8x, DVD-RAM 12x, CD-R 48x, CD-RW 24x, SATA

That's the whole system. Anything I'm missing? which one of the Video cards should I go for (is it worth the $100 price difference)? Anything incompatible? Please let me know. Thanks!

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May 14, 2014 7:30:14 PM

this build is complete and compatible, but there are a few things i would suggest: 1. the cpu/mobo/cooler you picked, i would do it differently, you have a z87 board, and a non-K cpu, and a liquid cooler. if you want to overclock, keep the mobo and cpu cooler, but get an unlocked (K) cpu. if you dont want to overclock, then you can downgrade the board to a B85, and get either an air cooler or use the stock. 2. for the graphics card, i think you are under paying it a little. the 750 Ti will run modern games on med-high, and the 760 will run the high-ultra. if you are ok with medium settings, then the 750 Ti is a great budget card. if you want really good settings, i would get a 760 or higher (or AMD equivalent, especially if you want to use multiple monitors). The rest of the build is great, but i feel you may be paying for things and features you dont need. what is your budget? we could help you design a build similar to this, and maybe get either faster parts or save money :) 
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May 14, 2014 7:35:30 PM

I would recommend getting the GTX 760, and buying a 'k' model i5 (unlocked). This way you can overclock in the future if you so desire.

Also, I would recommend getting a 1TB hard drive in addition to the SSD, because 240GB isn't going to be enough and will fill up very fast.

Other than that, the build looks fantastic!
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May 14, 2014 8:34:07 PM

Thanks a ton guys. Very happy to hear I haven't done a huge mistake.

So I decided to switch the CPU to Intel Core i5-4670K, I didn't find the unlocked version but from what I read, K series are all unlocked. I hope that's correct.

And I also dropped the liquid cooling since the cpu comes with a fan, and I thought I'll get more cooling if I need to overclock it in the future.

About budget, that all came up to about 2000 Canadian dollars, which is just about pushing my budget limit. Oh and I didn't go for a hard drive because I thought I'll use the external hard drive I currently use on my laptop instead.

Thanks again, hope I can put it together now!
May 14, 2014 8:36:46 PM

Oh yea and I went for the 760 as suggested!
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May 15, 2014 7:20:45 AM

Yes, all K series cards are unlocked. The stock fan will be fine (some say its loud though), but make sure you get a good aftermarket cooler if you overclock.
The external hard-drive would be slower versus an internal drive if the external drive is using a USB connection. They are meant for different purposes. The difference isn't too significant though, and if all your putting on it is music and pictures then you would be fine.