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New to computer building, need a quality/sanity check

So I am giving my current rig as a gift to someone that desperately needs one. I'm keeping the 2TB hard drive and my wireless cards (since he does not need those items), and had a few questions. I play StarCraft II and Heroes of the Storm frequently and don't really foresee needing a crazy powerful rig, but I also think since I'm purchasing a new computer, that it should be an improvement from my last one. My cap is about $1200 MAXIMUM.

Here are the components I have selected:

Tower: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
Mother Board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128707
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117369
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130932
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129075
Extra Fan (needed?): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438014

So that's what I'm looking at right now, and these are the questions I have:

1. The HD is 2TB so I'm glad I'm keeping it and all the data I have on it. Will I have to reinstall an OS (it has Windows 7 64-bit currently)? Will I have any problems using it with this build? Do I need to buy a new HD for a new machine?

2.Will all these components fit in a Mid Tower? I don't want an unnecessarily huge tower.

3.Did I gauge the Power Supply correctly?

4. Are all these items compatible with each other?

5. For RAM, I heard 2x4 is better than 1x8 and that anything above 8GB is unnecessary for single application use, is this true?

6. Are there any components I am missing, or components you think I should change out? I'm trying to get the best bang for my buck (obviously), so your suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you for your time, I look forward to building my first computer soon!
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  1. Next time pls write the product name next to the link...

    1. You can use your 'old' HDD, but putting win7 on an SSD (like the crucial mx100) would improve your overall experience
    2.the motherboard you chose fits into the case you chose, no problem there
    3. 600watt is fine for you build, but for 5$ more I would get this seasonic psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096 but the evga PSU is 20$ off so I would take that
    4. yes
    5. 2x 4gb runs in dual channel mode and therefore the memory bandwidth is higher (double)
    For gaming you don't need more than 8gb of ram, my gaming rig just has 8gb (actually just 7gb available, I use 1gb ram as a ramdisk to cache PS and sketchup) and its totally fine
    6. The CPU cooler/heatsink (you have it as extra fan) is quite good for the price.
    Personally I use every fan slot available and then turn the fans down in idle and ramp them up in benchmarks or after several hours of gaming, I'm using gentle typhoons and on my other PC bequiet ! fans both around 20$ each, if you want to save some $$$, arctic f12 is good bang/bucks
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    I took your build and put it in pc part picker of which I'll provide a link at the bottom (it makes it alot easier to see your build and allow people to help you with suggestions) I would switch to an XFX or Seasonic PSU for sure. You really can't go wrong with a Hyper 212 Evo after market cooler, if you want to overclock ever in the future then its a good investment. You might want to bring your Graphics card and CPU in line more, your CPU is capable of way more then a GTX 760 is going to provide, but honestly for a build to play Starcraft II you are way overkilling so you will be fine. Personally I would downgrade just a bit on the CPU and pick up a nice 120 SSD to put your OS on and your core games then use your HD for everything else, its not necessary for gaming but its very nice for your sanity. The case you picked is a great one and everything will fit fine. I hope my comment was of help to you. Best of luck.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gFnWzy
  3. Sorry for not posting descriptions, completely slipped my mind! Thank you for your comments and suggestions so quickly! This site rocks!

    I figured I would get the 4GHz CPU in case I wanted to run double 760's in the future. Speaking of which, would that be supported in this build?
  4. mattangle said:
    I took your build and put it in pc part picker of which I'll provide a link at the bottom (it makes it alot easier to see your build and allow people to help you with suggestions) I would switch to an XFX or Seasonic PSU for sure. You really can't go wrong with a Hyper 212 Evo after market cooler, if you want to overclock ever in the future then its a good investment. You might want to bring your Graphics card and CPU in line more, your CPU is capable of way more then a GTX 760 is going to provide, but honestly for a build to play Starcraft II you are way overkilling so you will be fine. Personally I would downgrade just a bit on the CPU and pick up a nice 120 SSD to put your OS on and your core games then use your HD for everything else, its not necessary for gaming but its very nice for your sanity. The case you picked is a great one and everything will fit fine. I hope my comment was of help to you. Best of luck.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gFnWzy


    I wish I could have picked both of you as the solution, very helpful, thank you
  5. Cheers
  6. Well my phone is going crazy

    Thx for the best solution, somehow my phone voted matt's answers up (also the cheers) when scrolling, but never mind you can keep it xD
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