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June 8, 2013 9:01:22 PM

Hi i'm going to build my very own PC for the 1st time, and I was wondering if this is a decent gaming PC. I'm on a tight budget so this is what I can afford.

Will this build work? I'm worried that one of the components wont work with the rest of the build (ex. if the gpu/cpu will be compatible with the mobo and vice versa)

-AMD FX-6300 3.5ghz cpu http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-sapphire 7770hd 1GB GDDR5 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
edit:( i didn't know there were 2 diff. kinds of the sapphire 7770. apparently the previous one was OC'd)

-Corsair 300r mid-atx case http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-Silverstone ST45SF 450w psu http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-Gigabyte GA 970a-DS3 mobo http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-Seagate barracuda 1TB hard drive http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-Samsung SH-224BB internal dvd drive http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

-Crucial ballistix 8GB DDR3-1600MHz ram http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I'm not a tech savvy, so feedback would be much appreciated.

p.s. this build will cost me about 600$
June 8, 2013 9:08:18 PM

Links to parts are really helpful , as well as the description
Is that 1 x8 gig stick of RAM , or a 2 x 4 gig kit?
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June 8, 2013 9:13:45 PM

Yeah everything is compatible. :) 
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June 8, 2013 9:14:12 PM

its a 2x4 if yo click the link
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June 8, 2013 9:16:46 PM

firo40 said:
its a 2x4 if yo click the link


He added links 2 minutes ago. :p 
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June 8, 2013 9:18:40 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Links to parts are really helpful , as well as the description
Is that 1 x8 gig stick of RAM , or a 2 x 4 gig kit?


it's a 2x4GB stick. is it compatible with the mobo?
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June 8, 2013 9:21:42 PM

realchaos said:
Prices of each component?
Where are you buying from?
-The psu will blow up on you.


I'm buying from tigerdirect.
woah, 600w req.? I thought it was a 400w req....lol. thx for spotting that
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June 8, 2013 9:21:57 PM

Yeah RAM is compatible. I have heard RAM is universally compatible as if its of higher frequency it gets lowered automatically.

As of PSU, you should rather ask him. :p 
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June 8, 2013 9:27:24 PM

I just checked, 450W PSU is more than enough.
His whole system estimated wattage usage is 270W.

Why should he opt for 600W? Hey stick to 450W, you can even crossfire that card in that much power.

But change the company to either Seasonic or Corsair CX Series.
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June 8, 2013 9:31:06 PM

luckiest charm said:
I just checked, 450W PSU is more than enough.
His whole system estimated wattage usage is 270W.

Why should he opt for 600W? Hey stick to 450W, you can even crossfire that card in that much power.

But change the company to either Seasonic or Corsair CX Series.


Apparently the first gpu link I posted led to the OC version of the 7770 that req. 600w. The one I meant to link/want to buy req. 400w
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June 8, 2013 9:35:08 PM

450w is plenty for a 7770, but silverstone is not a good psu manufacturer. The XFX 550w i listed is cheaper and it is higher quality. Can't go wrong with that.
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June 8, 2013 9:38:48 PM

legendarybloodfang said:
Apparently the first gpu link I posted led to the OC version of the 7770 that req. 600w. The one I meant to link/want to buy req. 400w


Those specifications are presuming that you have the crappiest power supply out there.

The OC version should work fine on a 450 or 500w power supply.

That being said, no matter what, you should always get a VERY GOOD QUALITY power supply - it's the most important part of a computer, because if the PSU fails (as low quality ones are wont to do), it could set the computer on fire, fry your components, or explode.

The xfx 550w that was recommended is made by seasonic, and is a very good power supply - it would also let you use a more powerful graphics card in the future if you wanted to upgrade, whereas a 400w PSU would limit you to low-end cards.
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June 8, 2013 9:46:03 PM

DarkSable said:
legendarybloodfang said:
Apparently the first gpu link I posted led to the OC version of the 7770 that req. 600w. The one I meant to link/want to buy req. 400w


Those specifications are presuming that you have the crappiest power supply out there.

The OC version should work fine on a 450 or 500w power supply.

That being said, no matter what, you should always get a VERY GOOD QUALITY power supply - it's the most important part of a computer, because if the PSU fails (as low quality ones are wont to do), it could set the computer on fire, fry your components, or explode.

The xfx 550w that was recommended is made by seasonic, and is a very good power supply - it would also let you use a more powerful graphics card in the future if you wanted to upgrade, whereas a 400w PSU would limit you to low-end cards.


I just finished comparing the two psu and I realized that the xfx psu has one 4-Pin Floppy Connector whereas the silverstone has 2. Should I be concerned about this? Might I ask what are those used for? I'm paranoid about components missing a cable/not working with rest of build (not trying to say that I don't trust you guys, mind you)
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June 8, 2013 9:48:48 PM

That is probably for connecting 1980's Floppy Drive. No one uses that now a days, things are now ported to DVDs and Blu Rays.
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June 8, 2013 10:04:19 PM

The only two things anymore that I've EVER seen those used for are sound cards and funky extender / adapter cables... and in both cases, they came with floppy to molex converters because nobody uses floppy connections anymore anyways.
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June 8, 2013 10:06:31 PM

I'm wondering if you're able to buy parts from other retail stores such as newegg or ncix, or are you restricted to tigerdirect?
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June 8, 2013 10:08:45 PM

realchaos said:
I'm wondering if you're able to buy parts from other retail stores such as newegg or ncix, or are you restricted to tigerdirect?


I can, but I don't really like the idea that it's gonna ship separately(aka more shipping/tax fees)
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June 8, 2013 10:12:01 PM

W8, which brand is better? MSI or Sapphire 7770? I know they're practically the same spec wise but I wan't to know which has better cooling. I'd like to keep my pc as cool as possible.
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June 8, 2013 10:22:01 PM

Do you get taxed from Newegg.com?
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June 9, 2013 1:11:09 PM

The corsair has USB 3.0, which might be big or might not be.

The dust filters are a plus, but the extra fans aren't as important; you can add fans later if you need them, and if you don't need them, they're just noise-producers.
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June 9, 2013 1:23:55 PM

DarkSable said:
The corsair has USB 3.0, which might be big or might not be.

The dust filters are a plus, but the extra fans aren't as important; you can add fans later if you need them, and if you don't need them, they're just noise-producers.


then should I go for the corsair 200R case then? I just realized that the 300r might be too big, standing at 19.1" x 8.3" x 17.7" whereas the 200r version stands at 16.9" x 8.3" x 19.6". I put my pc in one of those integrated desk thingy similar to the one I posted below. i'm pretty sure it gets hot inside because of poor airflow/ hot air accumulating inside the desk, and therefore, reducing the performance and possibly damaging the pc . I'm paranoid because I don't wanna screw up building my first pc @_@
http://www.inhousesf.com/images_port_home/h21.jpg

200R version~
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 9, 2013 1:30:06 PM

Then yeah, the 200R is probably a good pick.

Consider taking a hole saw to your desk to cut ventilation at the top and bottom so the computer can get fresh air.
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June 9, 2013 2:01:34 PM

realchaos said:
450w is plenty for a 7770, but silverstone is not a good psu manufacturer. The XFX 550w i listed is cheaper and it is higher quality. Can't go wrong with that.


are all psu the same size?
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June 9, 2013 2:10:53 PM

legendarybloodfang said:
realchaos said:
450w is plenty for a 7770, but silverstone is not a good psu manufacturer. The XFX 550w i listed is cheaper and it is higher quality. Can't go wrong with that.


are all psu the same size?


All ATX power supplies are roughly the same size, yes - a lot of the larger wattage supplies (550+) are slighly longer than normal, with the length increasing as the wattage does.
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