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First pc build, any help please

Hi, i'm a 16 year old who's planning on building my first pc, and I'm building it mainly for gaming. Based on my budget I've chosen these parts
cpu: intel i5 4690
Gpu: gigabyte geforce GTX 770 4gb windforce
Motherboard: msi z97 pc mate atx lga1150
Ram: g.skill ripjaws x series 2×4gb ddr3 1866
Storage: seagate 1tb 3.5" 7200RPM hybrid internal hard drive
Case: thermaltake Chaser mk1 atx full case
Optical drive: lite on Ihas120404 dvd cd writer
Power supply: corsair cx 750W 80+ bronze semi modular
OS: microsoft 7 professional sp1 (OEM) 64 bit


That's everything, can I have some advice like making sure all of the parts are compatible and decent for a gaming set up, cheers in advance :)
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  1. For the non overclcoking i5 4690 you only need a H97 motherboard. Unless you later want to SLI/Xfire a second graphics card. The getan ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 per http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mainstream-gaming-z97-motherboard,3824.html

    Try to get as good quality power supply as possible. The CX is on Tier 3 of http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html. For the gtx 770 you need 600W. Try Seasonic 620, XFX 650 or Antec HCG 620M
  2. Cheers, I might consider doing sli in a few years so I think the z97 would be better for the future, also when I was researching the i5 4690 I saw that I would need to update the bios of some motherboards if I wanted to use the 4690, so that's also another large reason I chose the z97. Thanks for the advice on the power supply as well, I'll look into them
  3. You should get the 2GB version of the gtx 770, it is cheaper and there are no benefits of going 4GB, unless you go SLI within a year because chances are that more than a year down the road it will be very hard to find a 4GB gtx 770 to SLI with.

    Also, get the K version of the 4690 because you will be able to overclock it later for more performance, you already have selected a z97 mobo so overclocking would be very simple with a K series cpu.
  4. When researching for new games coming out I read that 2gb vram might not be enough anymore in a gpu for the games, is that not true then coz I don't wanna be unable to play new games at lesser settings because of not getting 4gb
  5. Thjere's not much difference in performance with 2, 3 or 4 gb vram - http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Performance-2GB-vs-4GB-Memory-154/
  6. Ah ok then, do you know if there's any better gpu to get for my build then for the same cost as the one I've chosen?
  7. You don't show how much you're paying for it. But you should be able to get a Gigabyte R9 290 for the same or even less amount.
  8. Cheers, it's about £280 btw if that makes a difference
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    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-1003622sr is around 280 pounds too, it will perform around the same as a gtx 780.
  10. Thanks for everything, I've changed to i5 4690k, for future overclocking, as well as choosing that graphics card. I'm using that 750W corsair and maybe in a year I might consider sli, if I do this would I need a new psu or would that one still be enough?
  11. What is your budget on the build?
  12. About £850 for the build
  13. For the PSU, I suggest getting the seasonic g-750 instead, it has superb build quality and a longer warranty + the CX series from corsair is not really well built so.......

    And remember: a failling PSU can fry all your components.
  14. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£157.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£87.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£60.89 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£92.95 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.70 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card (£315.00 @ Aria PC)
    Case: NZXT H230 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.99 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £856.23
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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