If you are going with an i5 cpu you should do a 700 series gpu from NVidia or and 7900 series from amd.
A 760 would only kick him up around 375 Watts peak but it's probably safer to go with a 500 Watt PSU.
the GTX 750 Ti is great, you should have no problem running any game at near max with great fps. Also, 430 watts of power is plenty, saving you from needing a higher end psu.
I got that same case. You should mod the front bezel and get rid of the plastic bars that go across the bezel... if you know what I mean. It makes the case look nicer and gives you more airflow.
Interesting. I may do just that. It would imagine it makes the filter screen that much easier to clean as well.
I suggest some powerful scissors or some wire cutters to cut through the plastic. If you are REALLY feeling crazy, its very easy to add a second 120 mm fan to the front with a little metal cutting. Others have done it as well (Overclock.net has a forum on it! :D)
i would suggest increasing the mhz on the RAM to 1600 or 1800 if you don't mind paying a little extra for it. Haswell runs better at higher frequency instead of latency like ivy or sandy bridge would. Also might want to get a slightly more powerful PSU if you plan on running a more recent GPU. Otherwise, great build! PS. if you are planning on gaming you might prefer windows 7 over 8 for easier modding, customizing etc but 8 will get you a slightly better frame rate so that's a point of preference.
Thanks for the input. I will probably buy different ram when the prices on it come down. As for the PSU, I suppose a new one coupled with a GPU will be my next purchase.
Nise base pc, but why only 1333mhz, not 1600? Also, how cool iis that case?
RAM clock makes NO DIFFERENCE in performance, so it doesn't really matter.
RAM clock and CAS latency make minor differences in performance but at that price he could have easily went 1600MHz. http://www.overclock.net/t/1366657/ddr3-1600-vs-2133-is-there-a-difference-in-game
Yeah, I probably could have gone 1600. Do you mean temperature-wise how cool, or colloquially?
Since there is no GPU currently and there is pretty good airflow, the temps are fine for now.
Are you getting a 750 Ti?
Would this board fit a an asus GTX780 TI? 3GB oc?
Not sure. Sorry for late reply
That's not true, he'll be fine, but I wouldn't recommend he pushes it. He would be safer with a 500W, but a 600W would be unnecessary, and to say that is spreading lies.
Novice question here: What are the potential consequences of under powering?
If you just flat-out don't have enough power for your system for whatever reason, then it just won't work, period. If you're talking about having barely enough wattage to power it, then the consequences include more noise due to the power supply fan working harder, and higher chance of failure.
Hmm. What is considered a safe zone? I.E. How much buffer does there need to be between my estimated wattage and my power source capability? Either way I will probably upgrade the power source if this is the case.