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Is this a good build for a gaming pc? First time builder

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August 13, 2013 4:00:05 PM

Im building a gaming pc for myself for the first time and would appreciate any feedback you knowledgeable people could give me.

Im going with an MSI 970A-G46 motherboard

EVGA GeForce GTX 650

AMD A8-5600K processor

Western Digital Blue 1TB hd

Corsair builder series 500w power supply

Ripjaws X series 8GB (2x4GB) ddr3 scram

I have a case a friends gave me for free which is a bit on the large end and I plan on tearing out my optical drive from my old compaq tower to use to install and OS.

Any and all feedback will be welcomed.

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August 13, 2013 4:25:56 PM

One glaring problem. The motherboard you picked is an AM3+ socket (designed to take processor such as the FX-6300 and FX-8300 series), while your processor (A8-5600K) is an FM2 socket.

With that mobo, go with an AMD FX-6300, as it seem you are budget restrained. Then you should be good to go.

Also, is your optical drive in the Compaq a SATA based one, like the WD Blue 1TB or an old PATA, where you have a ribbon cable connecting it to the mobo? If it is a PATA you will need a new optical drive as well, since your mobo does not have a PATA connector.
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August 13, 2013 4:28:50 PM

Change the CPU to this one :
The reason why I'm telling you to change it is because :
1. Your motherboard and CPU aren't compatible.
2. Your CPU's graphics part is going to waste with a dedicated graphics card.
3. The FX-6300 will be an all around better choice, and will give better performances by far.

Everything else should be fine.
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August 13, 2013 4:34:31 PM

Looks like a good, basic build, like radiovan said, get the 6300 at least, it's much more processor than any of the 4000's for pennnies more. You shouldn't have any problems with it as is (besides the processor mixup).
August 13, 2013 7:06:29 PM

Get an AMD 7770 instead of the GTX 650. It's cheaper and more powerful.
And as the other people said, get the FX 6300.