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1st Gaming PC Build, are these parts compatible?

TrekNC
  • 71 months ago

Hi everyone!

I'm brand new to PC building, and up until a few days ago I wasn't sure what the main components of a computer were let alone how they fit together. I spent the past few days researching what a computer needs to work, which parts are considered run-of-the-mill and which are higher end, and how to assemble all the pieces together inside of a tower. Once I felt I had a basic background in building a desktop I went to Newegg's website and started picking out parts to build a gaming PC of my own.

However, because I have relatively little experience in building computers I would like for someone to who knows about computer building to double check if all the parts I picked out are compatible with each other.

The parts I have selected are the following:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=33349788

After discussing this build with some of my friends, one of whom is building a computer very similar to this one, some concerns began to arise. Mainly I'm wondering if:

Is the CPU overkill? Is this processor more than I will ever need? Would an i5 do the job to run the new video games well for the next couple of years?

Is the motherboard adequate for gaming? My friend believes that the motherboard will somehow hinder the rest of the hardware, and for the quality of the GPU and CPU I picked I want to make sure they will work at full capacity.

Is the power supply powerful enough? The graphics card says it needs 750W to operate, but I don't know if I should get a power supply that is slightly above 750W to make
sure the rest of the computer receives adequate power.

When I was picking out the parts for this build I was aiming for a build that could handle the new AAA games on high or ultra graphics with a decent frame rate, and one that can watch Youtube videos and online anime episodes without lag. I started by picking out the graphics card and selecting the other components to fit the GPU's requirements. Once I had a graphics card in mind I selected a motherboard that I believe is compatible with the graphics card and that also has room for an additional graphics card if I ever decided to add another and use Crossfire. After I had a motherboard I picked out a CPU and memory. I imagine 8GB of RAM will be enough for what I want to do with the computer. From there I found a case that looks like it will offer plenty of airflow relatively quietly; after that I found the power supply. Once the main pieces were selected I picked out the HDD, SSD, and optical drive. Other than looking at some reviews I did not heavily compare HDDs or SSDs, and as far as the optical drive I just looked for an inexpensive drive that was not OEM so it would have the necessary software with it.

If anyone can tell me if the parts I selected will work with each other well I would greatly appreciate it. Also if there are any red flags I should be aware of please let me know. I do not want to overlook any possible issues this build may have, but because I am so excited about my first build attempt I know it is possible that I may have missed something important.

Thank you for any feedback you can provide!

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I put together your build on PCPartPicker, and yes your parts are compatible, though there are definitely some areas that you could save money on.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $294.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $98.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $80.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $80.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $88.97 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card $259.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer $21.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1056.89
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-31 00:30 EDT-0400

As for your questions:

1) Yes, your CPU could be considered "overkill". A decent i5 will do everything you need, and more, so I wouldn't go with the i7 unless you do serious video editing.

2) The motherboard is good

3) The power supply will do just fine, but keep in mind that watts don't mean everything. You also have to consider the amps on the 12 volt rail.

Also, the R9 280x that you picked is basically an R9 280 that's clocked a bit higher. I'd go with an R9 280 since it can be overclocked to the same speed as an R9 280x, and it's $50 cheaper.

This is what I'd go with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $232.96 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $98.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $80.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $80.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card $199.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $16.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $895.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-31 00:41 EDT-0400
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I am all about saving money, so thank you for the price comparison. I think I will go with an i5 processor instead of an i7 now. At first I thought that down the road I would regret not getting the better processor, but this will primarily be a gaming PC, so if there will be no performance difference I might as well save the money and get an i5. It's good to hear that the motherboard will be good enough to let the other parts run at full capacity. You have my deepest thanks for sorting out these concerns for me.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. And yeah again, an i5 will be plenty for gaming.

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