gaming pc building questions

July 30, 2013 at 11:13:11
Specs: Windows 8
I'm building a new gaming desktop pc and compiled a list of most of the components. This is what I had in mind:

Case: Raidmax Orion Gaming Case Black ( is mid or full tower recommended?)
Motherboard: I was thinking maybe a Gigabyte GA Z87 -HD3?
Processor Cooling: I have no idea. Recommendations?
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce Gtx 770
CPU: Intel i5 4770 ( should I get 4770 or 4770K?)
Memory: 8GB (4GB x 2) ( Or is 16GB recommended?)
Power Supply: Corsair CX750 (I'm not entirely sure)
Hard Drive: 1TB (Is an SSD also very highly recommended for gaming, or is it more of just optional?)
Optical Drive: (12x Blu-Ray) LG Blu-Ray Reader DVD burner combo drive
Sound Card: 3D Premium Sound Card Onboard
Network Card: What is recommended? I also want wireless on it.
Windows 8
Monitor: probably a 23 or 24" sceptre? ( is LCD or LED recommended?)
Speaker: probably logitech s120 2.0 speaker system.

Do I have anything missing? also does the motherboard already contain all the USB slots and HDMI ports? Oh, also, would HDMI be the recommended connection from tower to monitor?

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July 30, 2013 at 11:46:25
First off, I would recommend NOT using any case with a bottom mounted power supply. Also, side, top fans are NOT necessary and interfere with proper ventilation. All that is needed is a single rear case fan of at least 120MM or larger and a power supply with good cooling. All better power supplies should meet the second need.

Buying a retail CPU provides you with a better warranty and a cooler that will get the job done. No need for third party cooling solutions.

You don't need a separate wired network card. If you want wireless then just add a wireless card. This assumes you have a router that has wireless capability.

HDMI supplies sound to the monitor. If you intend to use sound sort of surround sound system then you don't want to connect using HDMI.

The speakers you list are crap.

The Corsair is a good choice with a 3 year warranty. Corsair has units with a 5 year warranty. The unit you listed has a single +12V rail, which is what you want.

I will leave the SSD drive, the graphics card, the CPU and the motherboard for others to comment on.

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July 30, 2013 at 11:48:15
It is the graphics card that determines the graphics port. As the Nvidia GeForce Gtx 770 has both HDMI and DVI you can use either. However most monitors come with a DVI port so that is probably the one you will end up using. HDMI is usually for plugging into a TV for watching movies and the like.

If you want both wired and wireless then you will need two septate Interface cards. However be aware that for on-line gaming a wired connection is far more suitable. Wi-fi can be laggy and unreliable. I really don't see the point of putting wireless on a desktop computer. Wi-fi is for portability, it is not a hi-tec alternative to Ethernet.

Almost any netwrok card will be suitable. Your pocket will determine which one you buy. Get a Gigabyte card if your router supports it.

All modern monitors are LCD. LCD refers to the Liquid Crystal Display that generates the image. LED refers to the back light which replaced the Cold Cathode tube previously used. So a LCD monitor with an LED back-light is better. A LED back light gives brighter more real colours.

SSD drives are faster but also a lot more expensive. I doubt if you will see much difference in gaming once the computer is up and running unless you are playing something that is disk intensive.

I think you will be fine with 8 Gbs. 16 Gbs is a bit of overkill


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July 30, 2013 at 12:21:56
Thank you for the replies.

When you said you would not recommend having a case with a bottom mounted power supply, did you mean that the case i had chosen had a bottom mounted power supply? also do the case fans usually come with the case or do i have to buy separately?

Which speakers are best for price and quality wise? I only need one that gives sound and is small enough to put on either side of my monitor on my desk. Nothing fancy like a 3d surround sound or anything.

Can I get any DVI cable and also do they support full HD? Sorry for asking such a dumb question, but this is my first actual desktop gaming pc.

Also for the network cards, I prefer having both wired and wireless as a ethernet port on the wall is quite a ways from my desk and I dont want the messy cable laying around when not necessary. I don't do much online gaming anyway, so I thought wireless would be enough. I don't fully understand how network cards really work, either. Do I or do i NOT have to get two separate cards?

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July 30, 2013 at 14:45:47
Case don't normally come with fans, you have to buy them separate. Some case come with a hole on the top for mounting a fan and some with a hole at the side for side mounted fans. Thy are little more than gimmicks and a decent rear fan mounted just below the power supply is sufficient.

The theory is that you establish a flow of air from the front bottom to the top rear and let physics do the rest. Cold air comes in at the front, warms up, rises and is expelled out the back. A bottom mounted power supply warms the air before it gets near the CPU and makes the heat sink work that much hard. Better a top mounted power supply that expels its hot air without going anywhere near other components. The case you have chosen has a bottom mounted power supply. Full tower is better as it gives more room for the air to circulate.

Any DVI cable will work but better quality ones cost more. HD has no relevance with DVI. HD does have relevance with HDMI and to use HDMI you need to buy a monitor with HDMI inputs.

The motherboard you have chosen has an Ethernet device built in. It also has Graphics built in including VGA, HDMI and DVI. You will need to buy a separate Wi-fi card if you want to use wireless.


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July 30, 2013 at 15:12:58
Ok, I will look at full tower cases that have power supply mounts at the top.

Any recommendations on some good quality fans?

Is DVI or HDMI better for high quality gaming?

So the Gigabyte Z87 has a wired network card built in?

What are some good wi-fi cards?

Also, telling from the components I have chosen, ( excluding the case, fan, and any non- game changing components) will I be able to run high end games such as Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3 on ultra graphic settings?

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July 30, 2013 at 15:18:00
To add to #4 above the motherboard will support on CPU graphics if you use the correct CPU with that capability.

IMO the integrated network on all modern motherboards is sufficient. Installing an add in card is spending cash where it isn't needed. Some motherboards have integrated gigabit network.

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July 30, 2013 at 15:36:06
What do you mean by the motherboard will support on CPU graphics if I use the correct CPU with that capability?
Do you mean that it'll have integrated graphics and I won't have to buy a graphics card cause I hear that integrated garphics card on the CPU perform very poorly in games.

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July 30, 2013 at 16:19:55
The common method for integrated graphics in the past has been for it to be part of the motherboard by way of the chipset. In the case of some CPUs by AMD and Intel, the CPU has an integrated GPU (graphics processor). In order to utilize the on chip GPU you need a compatible motherboard.

The board you chose will do that.

There doesn’t appear to be an i5 4770. The fastest i5 is the 4670. Both the i7 and i5 series have an on chip intel HD 4600 GPU.

The k series are unlocked, meaning you can overclock it. You need to decide if that is something you want and if so, does the motherboard you chose have good BIOS options to overclock.

I can’t say if that integrated GPU is any good but I can say a dedicated card is usually better.

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July 30, 2013 at 16:24:27
yes, i understand that a dedicated card is almost always better, especially for gaming. So I prefer to have a dedicated card. Also How will overclocking affect game performances? Alot or very little? will it be worth them money and risk?
I guess I saw it wrong. the i5 4670 may be the one i saw.

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July 30, 2013 at 16:37:25
I suggest you post in the gaming forum asking about that. The general rule of thumb is overclocking is a way to get more performance from a cheaper model of CPU.

I am not a gamer but I think the Graphics card does most of the work when gaming.

What you probably should do is read some reviews on various systems playing the games you want to run.

Buying state of the art should always produce the best performance but the cost is usually too high to justify the buying the latest/ greatest hardware.

Go to the top of this page and click on Tom's Hardware. You should find all kinds of articles there on this topic.

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