Long time lurker on this site, hoping someone could help out a first time comp build!

Discussion in 'System Building & Upgrades' started by mercurim, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. mercurim


    Dec 27, 2013
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    I've often been linked here for computer help/advice during the last few years. I decided to make an account in the hopes of receiving some advice.

    Being dissatisfied with Dell, I plan on building my first ever computer. I am relatively knowledgeable about computers and I have confidence that I will be able to complete the task. W/o further ado, this is the information that's needed. I am hoping that somebody could see if I made any mistakes with component selection and hopefully provide some advice on how it will run. I went very heavy on motherboard and cpu - I will upgrade other components when more money arrives.

    Budget: Around 1300-1400$ Canadian (roughly the same values as USD). This is the cost of all the components that I have chosen.
    Purpose of Build: Budget Gaming PC / Photo Video Editing PC
    Intended Games & Applications: Games like Rome Total War 2, Europa Universalis 4, Civ 5, Fifa, Skyrim and some newer games like Bioshock Infinite (I don't feel the need to play these games on max/ultra settings; normal will suffice). Other applications like Sony Vegas 11 and Photoshop will be used as well.
    Preferences: None
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit (Open to switching to another windows version if it runs better).

    My planned Build(!):

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.5GHz, 84W, Fan, Unlocked Multiplier, 1250 MHz Graphics Core Speed (price: 319$)

    CPU Cooler: None / Default one that comes with Intel CPU. Box says one is included.

    GPU: Radeon HD 7790 - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI Express 3.0 x16 - 2 x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort (price: 173$) I was told this is a great money-for-value card.

    MOBO: Asus Z87-A Motherboard - ATX, LGA1150, Intel Z87 Express Chipset, 2800 MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, Quad-GPU CrossFireX Ready - Z87-A (price: $150)

    RAM: GEIL Enhance Corsa Series 8GB Desktop Memory Module Kit - DDR3, 2 x 4GB, PC3-12800, 1600 MHz, C9, Dual Channel, 1.5V (price: 92$) Since mobo has 4 slots, I could just buy a second pair of these to go to 16gb if necessary.

    HDD: None (using SDD instead). I do not need much space at this exact moment, as I have some externals sitting around with usb 3.0 capabilities. I'm thinking that if space because an issue, I can buy a second SDD or put in a large-spaced (2tb+ hdd) when I find a deal online.

    ODD: Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner - DVD±R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD±R (DL) 12X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA, 2MB, Black, OEM (price: 20$). Will I have trouble with compatibility and OEM?

    SSD: SDSSDP-128G-G25 128GB Solid State Drive - 2.5" Form Factor, SATA, 6Gb/s (price: 100$). Unfortunately, more spacious ones are more expensive. I might buy a 256gb if the price is right.

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit (price: 99$)

    PSU: Ultra HS750 Modular 750 Watt Power Supply - ATX, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Active PFC, 80 Plus Bronze, 3-Year Warranty (price: 70$)

    Case: Ultra Rogue M925 Full Tower Gaming Case - ATX, 3x 5.25" Bays, 8x 3.5" Bays, 2x 120mm Blue LED Fans, 120mm Rear Fan, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Fan Speed Controller, Black (price: 100$)

    Main concerns: Is this build compatible? (Stuff like the cpu fitting into the mono as an LGA 1150 slot, those things I've done research on but I'm afraid I'll miss something).Is this computer good? (How will it run? Smoothly I hope). Will all the components fit in the case? Do I have cooling issues? Etc. Ease my fears!

    Please keep in mind that I'm using a Dell computer from 2007 (dual core, 2.5ghz I think, windows vista) with upgraded 6GB ram and a Nvidia GEFORCE 9800GT (I put them in myself).

    I want to thank anyone and everyone who can help me out.
    mercurim, Dec 27, 2013
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  2. mercurim


    Dec 24, 2013
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    I can't tell if the build is compatible or not, since I'm not a PC builder. In most cities, they have a tech center for repairing computers and possibly building them. You could ask them if its compatible or contact the tech support at the motherboard manufacturer to see if everything is compatible.

    BTW, I like what you have setup!
    cobaltsean99, Jan 20, 2014
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