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First PC build, are these components compatible, and will they create a good gaming computer?

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June 7, 2014 6:18:15 PM

Hi, I am completely new to building computers and shopping for the correct components seem to be the hardest part for me. My goal is to build a nice gaming computer that is able to play a few different high resolution games at high fps.I also want to combine that with the use of microsoft office and other documenting. I would just like to know if the following computer components are compatible and are able to fit my needs.

Case- Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced, Full tower

Power Supply- Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular

Motherboard- ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU- Intel Core i5-4690K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I54690K

Memory-G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

Video Card- ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

HDD- WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

SSD- SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Optical Drive- SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Slim External DVD Writer Model SE-208DB/TSBS

OS- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - OEM

Monitor- SAMSUNG SD390 Series S27D390H Black High Glossy ToC 27" 5ms (GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor PLS Panel 300 cd/m2 DCR Mega Infinity (1000:1)


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June 7, 2014 7:01:52 PM

Why are you going with an external DVD writer? That case is definitely large enough to get an internal optical drive.

everything else looks good to me.
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June 7, 2014 7:09:05 PM

logang said:
Why are you going with an external DVD writer? That case is definitely large enough to get an internal optical drive.

everything else looks good to me.


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June 7, 2014 7:10:34 PM

I wasn't really sure what kind of optical drive to get, do you have any suggestions on an internal one?
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June 7, 2014 7:15:36 PM

are you just looking for a dvd burner? No interest in bluray reader/writer? If so you can usually find a dvd writer at newegg for around $15 bucks. I have used these cheap drives in several builds and haven't had a problem yet. Maybe someone else has a preference other than that though. Either way, just stick to an internal 5.25" drive.
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June 7, 2014 8:24:22 PM

I looked for some cheap ones, but I couldn't find any that were 5.25".
I found this one, would it be compatible with my current setup? I mainly want the optical drive for downloading the os and programs. HP 12.7mm Slim DVD RW JackBlack Optical Drive Black SATA Model 652235-B21
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June 7, 2014 9:47:56 PM

Thanks for helping me out, I think I will go with the LG optical drive you linked. The price is definitely alot better than the hp one I was going to go with. For just installing programs anyway.
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June 7, 2014 9:58:57 PM

Yeah, that's pretty much all I use mine for.
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