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Gaming PC build. Are all these parts compatible with each other?

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Found 22nd Jun 2014
Hi,

I'm building my first gaming PC and was wondering if someone could look at the below list of hardware and confirm if they are all compatible. Please also let me know if there are any additional parts I should add.

CPU: Intel Core i5 4670k 3.4Ghz
GPU: Powercolor Radeon R9 280X 3GB GDDR3
Motherboard: ASRock H87 PRO4 - amazon.co.uk/ASR…ro4
Ram: G.Skill 8GB (2x 4GB) Dual Channel Ares Series Memory Kit
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX/EPS PSU
SSD: Corsair 256GB MX100
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus Midi Tower Case

Thanks

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The H87-based motherboard and i5-4670K will work together, but the K suffix denotes the more expensive but otherwise identical overclocking-capable chip and if you want to overclock you'll need to pay extra again for a Z87 (or Z97) based motherboard. I'd either swap the CPU for the i5-4670 (or 0.1Ghz faster i5-4690 that's about to replace it) or swap the motherboard for a Z chipset model.

You don't say what type the RAM is.

As above, plus I would choose another branded GPU. Haven't done much research but from past knowledge, I believe they are a budget brand.

Plus you may want a DVD RW?
Edited by: "joshp" 22nd Jun 2014

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EndlessWaves

The H87-based motherboard and i5-4670K will work together, but the K … The H87-based motherboard and i5-4670K will work together, but the K suffix denotes the more expensive but otherwise identical overclocking-capable chip and if you want to overclock you'll need to pay extra again for a Z87 (or Z97) based motherboard. I'd either swap the CPU for the i5-4670 (or 0.1Ghz faster i5-4690 that's about to replace it) or swap the motherboard for a Z chipset model.You don't say what type the RAM is.



I don't plan on overclocking. Is there any difference between the 4670 and 4670K apart from the capability to overclock? If not i'll just go for the 4670 and save myself £15.

The link to Ram is here: amazon.co.uk/G-S…ram

Would the motherboard fit properly in the Zalman case?

Regards

hi op,

Endlesswaves has given you very good advice, non k CPUs also have better virtual machine support, that is running multiple operating systems at once/same time or inside each other. but you would usually need a specialised motherboard (read expensive) to use it. and of course you know non k CPUs can't be over clocked much/easily.

this doesn't mean you can't run virtual machines with k CPUs, it just means non k CPUs have extra features (like hardware pass through). but I would double check Intel ark to clarify.

also If you have spare cash I would get a better after market CPU cooler, even if your not over clocking, just so your PC will be quieter :-)... something like a h105 or h100i or noctua nh-d15 or Hyper 212 . see youtu.be/UMl…zsA for examples

remember if you are going with a big metal air cooler make sure it will fit over your ram (looks like of will cos you have low profile ram)... if you go for a all in one water cooler, make sure that the case will have space to fit it (unfortunately it looks like your case won't fit a 240mm radiator, but may fit a smaller one?)

I don't know how good the case is you selected, (seems decent,except it can't take a 240mm radiator).. and will fit a wide rage of motherboard sizes, ie micro atx, atx and mini atx (basically almost every motherboard on the consumer targeted market)

lastly I also think you should go with a better brand gpu (better warranty/reliability)..but don't know what model,

lastly the ram is very fast and low profile (both good things), you might be able to save money by going for slower 1600mhz ram, with 9-9-11? timing, cos ram speed on intel does not really make a difference for gaming....my only concern about ram is its voltage 1.6 volts seems rather high but I could be wrong in that.

if there's anything else you need help with just ask :-) and I'll do my best

peace

my previous comment has been flagged, but with z97 motherboards will let you also but in future 5th edition itel CPUs in them (upto 5th edition only) along with 4th edition, like you have selected.

they may also may contain extra features, namely better audio and over clocking.

go to uk.pcpartpicker.com. I used it to spec out the PC I just built. does compatibility checks for you and shows pricing trends

if you dont already. use uk PC part picker. I just used it to spec out my most recent build. it does compatibility checks for you and shows you pricing trends. you can also check out other peoples builds

Gigabyte motherboards are really good I have always found. They just want to work unlike others I have used that can be a flaming pain.

If this is your first PC build welcome to the world of awesomeness. Expect all the fit birds to flock to you. Man will name their children after you. You are truly in the 1% of great awesome people.

Stick with the Ares ram. I'm currently using it and for the price I wouldn't complain. Powercolor are an alright brand, however I would go for someone like msi.

Original Poster

EndlessWaves

The H87-based motherboard and i5-4670K will work together, but the K … The H87-based motherboard and i5-4670K will work together, but the K suffix denotes the more expensive but otherwise identical overclocking-capable chip and if you want to overclock you'll need to pay extra again for a Z87 (or Z97) based motherboard. I'd either swap the CPU for the i5-4670 (or 0.1Ghz faster i5-4690 that's about to replace it) or swap the motherboard for a Z chipset model.You don't say what type the RAM is.


Do I need to buy thermal paste for this CPU?
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