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Helping a friend build a computer. Need advice.

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Does this build look OK? My friend says he will mainly be playing Rome Total War 2 and using it for general computing. I just wanted to double-check and make sure I didn't make a mistake or that X is incompatible with Y.



G.SKILL Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB 2.5in SATA3 LSI SandForce Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
Seasonic S12II 520W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80+ Bronze 6+8PIN PCI-E w/ 120mm Fan
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 1.0GHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 CrossFireX DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E DX 11 Video Card
Gigabyte Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Z87 DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard
Corsair Carbide Series 330R Quiet Mid-Tower Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5INT USB3.0 No PS
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD
Intel Core i5 4430 Quad Core 3.0GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 6MB Cache Retail

Is it all good? If not, which part(s) in this build would be an overkill and won't be used to its maximum potential?
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In general, the current versions of RTW2 look very poorly coded as far as how much resources the game takes and anything you can throw at it will be an improvement.
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The parts are compatible. The build is somewhat questionable in a few points. First, while 4gb of RAM is workable, it's highly advisable to go for 8gb of RAM. Trust me. I have 2x2gb of RAM because of an epic mis-click when I selected the wrong combo deal buying my computer and it's a pain now and again...

The SSD can be dropped if you need to save money. Also, I hope it's cheap, because you're looking at the low end of acceptable SSDs.

That Seasonic model is often a tad overpriced. Compare to the Capstone (super flower) 450w, which is superior in quality and thus preferable if equal in price or the XFX Core 450w or 550w, which is essentially equal in quality but often cheaper.

The motherboard is overkill. Z87 is for overclocking. If your CPU can't be overclocked there's no point to blowing $ on the motherboard. Just get the H81 board that most screams "dirt cheap" when you look at the prices since motherboards have like zero effect on your CPU's performance as long as they are compatible. Alternatively, get an i5-4670k and an aftermarket cooler like a Thermalright Macho and get some extra oomph (useful in larger Rome 2 battles, if more expensive than the cheap locked processor you selected.

You might also consider throwing another $10 at your HDD. If you're in the states, 1TB HDDs should be ~$68. You can decide if that's worth it.
    
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