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First gaming PC build, have a few questions and concerns

Hello everyone, I'm new to the PC-building community and I've been using this website a lot recently to help myself pick some good parts for my first gaming PC. I've been playing on a pretty crappy computer for almost 6 years now, and I think it's time that I got a new one. I want to build it too since I feel like it'll give me some good experience down the line and a sense of achievement.

I don't have a very low budget, but don't want to spend too much. I'm still looking for worthwhile parts, and I've settled on a traditional cooler because I don't think liquid cooling will be of much use if I'm not overclocking much. The motherboard has 6 USB 3.0 ports, but a lot of my devices are USB 2.0 so I'm hoping that nothing goes wrong there. If anyone has advice on if I can covert the 2.0 to 3.0, thanks in advance.

Link to my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MpkxdC

I would really appreciate if anyone could give me advice on things like better parts, etc. I'm pretty much set on the parts I'm going to buy, so I just want to know if there will be any problems with USB 2.0/3.0 connections, other connections and/or power issues, or if any other parts might be better choices.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($136.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($67.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card ($339.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ OutletPC)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.84 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($55.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($53.52 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1234.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-07 12:40 EDT-0400

    This build has a better PSU which even gives you room for future SLI if you want it.
    Also MSI motherboards are amazing i have the gaming 7 and i love its features (Look them up).
    Yes you can use USB 2.0 in 3.0 ports without and issues.
    I dont see the need for a sound card or fan controller, instead get a better keyboard and mouse. :)

    BUT if you are dead set on your components then they are good! Just change your PSU to an EVGA b2 0r g2, Seasonic, XFX, or Antec. ( a 550W is good enough).

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($136.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($67.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($339.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($339.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ OutletPC)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.84 @ Amazon)
    Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($55.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($53.52 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1574.97
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-07 13:33 EDT-0400

    Here would be a SLI build im not sure what resolution you plan to play on or what settings?
  2. LordNagaviper said:
    Hello everyone,

    I don't have a very low budget, but don't want to spend too much.



    What would be your price range then, Under $1000?
  3. delaro said:
    LordNagaviper said:
    Hello everyone,

    I don't have a very low budget, but don't want to spend too much.



    What would be your price range then, Under $1000?


    I'm going for a little bit over $1000, maybe to $1300 or $1400. Not past $1600 though.

    In response to ZeroGravity780, I changed the wireless network adapter and might take out the sound card. I think I'm set on the PSU and MoBo though. Thanks for the help with the whole USB thing, I was confusing myself over that a lot.
  4. fan controllers are used for two issues. one when there more case fans then fan headers on the mb or you want to set the fans at one speed and leave them. as this is new build and last one is 6 years old..look into low noise case fans. (pmw) four pin units. 4 pin units have a sence cable and can run slower and better then 3 pin fans. also look at the newer i line from cosair and the newer sesonic all digital power supplys. there making the newer unit low noise and long life fans. in two weeks amd dropping newer gpu cards and intel skylake is dropping in aug.
    http://www.performancepsu.com/intels-skylake-motherboards-revealed-to-launch-in-q3-2015/
  5. LordNagaviper said:
    delaro said:
    LordNagaviper said:
    Hello everyone,

    I don't have a very low budget, but don't want to spend too much.



    What would be your price range then, Under $1000?


    I'm going for a little bit over $1000, maybe to $1300 or $1400. Not past $1600 though.

    In response to ZeroGravity780, I changed the wireless network adapter and might take out the sound card. I think I'm set on the PSU and MoBo though. Thanks for the help with the whole USB thing, I was confusing myself over that a lot.


    I understand when im set on something i wont change it lol, and your welcome!
  6. ZeroGravity780 said:

    I understand when im set on something i wont change it lol, and your welcome!


    After some thinking, I've taken your advice and switched to a 750W PSU and removed the sound card. Things are shaping up pretty well now, and the build is entering the last few stages.
  7. LordNagaviper said:
    ZeroGravity780 said:

    I understand when im set on something i wont change it lol, and your welcome!


    After some thinking, I've taken your advice and switched to a 750W PSU and removed the sound card. Things are shaping up pretty well now, and the build is entering the last few stages.



    Awesome dude! Im glad i could help, let me know how things go! Enjoy your new build.
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