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August 3, 2014 4:53:45 AM

Hi, so this is the first time I'm building a PC and this is what I've come up with so far:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wG8LFT

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)

To get an idea of what I need it for, I'm going to be using this at home for gaming (good balance between graphics and performance, not necessarily full graphic detail), programming (Eclipse, Visual Studio, maybe Unity), maybe dual-boot or use a virtual machine, watch 1080p movies and all the other basic stuff. Not planning to overclock though.

So I was wondering if you could check out this system. I've done my research but I'm still new to this so maybe someone more experienced could double-check this. Basically I would like to know:

  1. if they are compatible with each other
  2. if they perform well to what I need it for
  3. if it has some element of future-proofing (I know it's impossible to be fully future-proof, but I chose an LGA1150 socket because I think even Broadwell processors will use that socket)
  4. if I need extra coolers or fans or it's enough to stick with stock items
  5. if the G.Skill I chose is compatible with the Gigabyte motherboard. PCPartPicker did not indicate that they're not, but G.Skill's website doesn't list that motherboard in the QVL...

  • If there is anything you would change, maybe something else will gave the same performance for a cheaper price, or something is more reliable, feel free to say so and please state why.

    Thanks.
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    August 3, 2014 5:14:52 AM

    1: They are all compatible.
    2: They will perform well, Although get a 4gb gtx 770 if you plan on sli or over 1080p.
    3: Yes, That is very Future proof, Apart from the psu and the graphics card could do with an upgrade in 2-3 years. or sli.
    4: You dont need any more fans, Although you need a cpu cooler, I recommend the CM Hyper 212 Evo, Most popular around, for £25 you cant argue.
    5:I would recommend changing the motherboard to a ASrock Z87 Extreme 4 Or MSi z87-G45 Gaming.

    Swap the psu out for this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g2075...
    It is a costyer but it comes with 10 year warranty,
    80+ gold,
    90% Average Efficiency,
    Fully modular,
    Excellent build quality,
    And Japanese capacitors.
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    August 3, 2014 5:15:46 AM

    My thoughts:
    May need bigger PSU
    Never use stock coolers
    Probably need case fans
    Is 128GB enough - that's good for the boot drive but what about storage
    Memory is compatable
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    August 3, 2014 5:18:36 AM

    I recommend a samsung 840 Evo 120gb, Its almost as fast as yours but much cheaper, Using that money you can get a 1tb WD Caviar Black or green performance hdd, For all your other games. The Samsung 850 Pro isnt good value compared to the 840 Evo.
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    August 3, 2014 5:19:08 AM

    Also you dont need any case fans, That case should come with them.
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    August 3, 2014 5:22:14 AM

    All of these parts are compatible as far as i can tell as well as the memory. You will definitely need some extra case fans because this case only comes with one. I would recommend buying 1 or 2 more and mounting them in the top and front of the case. make sure there is correct airflow in the case after doing this though. Honestly i would recommend buying the corsair 200r instead of the thermaltake commander for a few dollars extra it is a supremely better case. If you want and quieter case with better performance i would recommend buying the cooler master hyper 212 evo for just over $20 as a cpu cooler. My final point of feedback is that you can buy a slightly cheaper power supply because you will not need that many watts a 400 watt power supply will suffice. Although if you want to upgrade to SLI in the future you will need a 750w power supply. However, overal this is still a great build and with a few minor tweaks could be the best possible one for your money.
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    August 3, 2014 5:24:20 AM

    Noctua fans are the best fans for any case, Or spectre pros if you want cool lighting.
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    August 3, 2014 6:36:37 AM

    Littlesackninja said:
    1: They are all compatible.
    2: They will perform well, Although get a 4gb gtx 770 if you plan on sli or over 1080p.
    3: Yes, That is very Future proof, Apart from the psu and the graphics card could do with an upgrade in 2-3 years. or sli.
    4: You dont need any more fans, Although you need a cpu cooler, I recommend the CM Hyper 212 Evo, Most popular around, for £25 you cant argue.
    5:I would recommend changing the motherboard to a ASrock Z87 Extreme 4 Or MSi z87-G45 Gaming.

    Swap the psu out for this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g2075...
    It is a costyer but it comes with 10 year warranty,
    80+ gold,
    90% Average Efficiency,
    Fully modular,
    Excellent build quality,
    And Japanese capacitors.

    Hi thanks for looking into this. Why change to a Z87 motherboard? I thought Z87 and Z97 were for overclocking purposes..
    And say I use the PC for 4-6 hours a day, and all day during the weekends, is a 80+ gold PSU still worth it?
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    August 3, 2014 6:43:26 AM

    arossetti said:
    My thoughts:
    May need bigger PSU
    Never use stock coolers
    Probably need case fans
    Is 128GB enough - that's good for the boot drive but what about storage
    Memory is compatable


    Littlesackninja said:
    I recommend a samsung 840 Evo 120gb, Its almost as fast as yours but much cheaper, Using that money you can get a 1tb WD Caviar Black or green performance hdd, For all your other games. The Samsung 850 Pro isnt good value compared to the 840 Evo.

    I already have a 2TB external hard drive where I put all my movies and episodes. That and other cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive hold the rest of my data.

    I was planning to use the SSD simply for the OS(s), programs (IDEs included) and games. I guess I could go for the 840 EVO if you say it's as fast. Do you think 120GB is enough for what I just described please?
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    August 4, 2014 8:49:49 AM

    120'gb will be enough for about 10-15 games but it might be a good idea to upgrade to a 240gn one so you can save lots of extra programs on it
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    August 4, 2014 8:52:48 AM

    80+ Gold is defiantly worth it if you plan on using the psu for some time, Or if you plan on sli or crossfire.
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    August 4, 2014 9:01:03 AM

    I would recommend 80+ gold because it will save you money in the long run and it will be better made and will last longer
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