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First gaming build. Do I have all the proper parts and is it a good build?

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July 3, 2014 12:28:54 PM

Hi guys, This is my very first gaming build. I have a $2000 budget and this is it so far. Since this is my first build, I know very little about compatibility of parts and I am not sure if I am missing anything that would make my gaming experience better. (I am aware I do not have a monitor as part of my build. I have one at home.)


Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor]
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler]
**Motherboard** | [Asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard]
**Memory** | [Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory]
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive]
**Storage** | [Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive]
**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card]
**Case** | [Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case]
**Power Supply** | [Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply]
**Optical Drive** | [Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer]
**Case Fan** | [Delta Electronics FFB1212EH-F00 150.3 CFM 120mm Fan]

Thank you guys so much!


So after taking all of your suggestions into consideration, This is my new build layout. I decided to go with white LED fans (and I got a whole hell of a lot of them too). In total I was able to save almost $300

**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor]
**CPU Cooler** | [Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler]
**Motherboard** | [Asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard]
**Memory** | [Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory]
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive]
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive]
**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card]
**Case** | [Cooler Master N600 Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case]
**Power Supply** | [Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650W 80+ Platinum Certified ATX Power Supply]
**Optical Drive** | [Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer]
**Case Fan** | [NZXT Air Flow Series 59.1 CFM 120mm Fan]
**Case Fan** | [NZXT Air Flow Series 59.1 CFM 120mm Fan]
**Case Fan** | [NZXT Air Flow Series 59.1 CFM 120mm Fan]
**Case Fan** | [NZXT Air Flow Series 59.1 CFM 120mm Fan]
**Case Fan** | [Delta Electronics FFB1212EH-F00 150.3 CFM 120mm Fan]

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July 3, 2014 12:32:00 PM

Seems fine to me, although you'd be better served just going for an 840 evo in a larger size and just getting a regular 1tb WD black HDD. Raptors are kind of a waste at this point with SSD pricing.

You don't really need 16GB of RAM if you're just gaming.. 2x4GB for 8GB total is perfectly fine. You can take that savings and put it toward a bigger SSD or 780 Graphics card.

Additionally, you could step down to an i5 4690k instead of the i7 to put costs toward a better card as well.
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July 3, 2014 12:32:21 PM

This is more than better for a gaming setup although I do recommend finding out how many watts you need. Great job part picking!
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July 3, 2014 12:41:03 PM

I saw a build similar to this earlier. Looks good but factor in gaming peripherals and software before you buy. If you don't have a , keyboard/mouse and OS then the PC will be almost unusable. That should run a good 150 for low to mid end equipment. Also, for storage consider an sshd it has storage, speed, and is priced very well between a hard drive and ssd.
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July 3, 2014 12:41:21 PM

One word of warning: the Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case, there is a possibility of some of these cases being manufactured with misaligned PCI slots. What this means is that you won't be able to screw a video card in the case. I had this problem in a build of mine with the Haf X. Maybe you'll get lucky and get a case that has the PCI slots properly aligned.
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July 3, 2014 3:49:02 PM

vagrancyx said:
Seems fine to me, although you'd be better served just going for an 840 evo in a larger size and just getting a regular 1tb WD black HDD. Raptors are kind of a waste at this point with SSD pricing.

You don't really need 16GB of RAM if you're just gaming.. 2x4GB for 8GB total is perfectly fine. You can take that savings and put it toward a bigger SSD or 780 Graphics card.

Additionally, you could step down to an i5 4690k instead of the i7 to put costs toward a better card as well.


Thank you for the feedback, do you think that this build would be able to fit into the Cooler Master N600 kwn1 mid tower instead?http://www.coolermaster.com/case/n-series/n600/
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July 3, 2014 4:30:53 PM

Should be fine, its a mid tower case, my build fits in my 350D case which is slightly smaller.
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July 3, 2014 7:44:53 PM

Thanks to everyone for the out pour of suggestions
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