So I am a newbie and building my first rig. I have done a fair amount of looking and shortlisted the following components. Please suggest if these are good enough to game for 3-4 years. Also any other suggestion will be highly helpful. Also I need a bit of help for selecting a motherboard.
Processor - AMD FX 8350
GPU - XFX ATI Radeon HD 7870 2 GB DDR5
SMPS - Corsair VS550 550 Watt
RAM - Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 Mhz 2 x 4 GB
HDD - WD Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB
Cabinet - Cooler Master K281 Mid Tower
Motherboard - I had initially selected MSI 970A-G43 but I read on a thread that there are some compatibility issues with FX 8350. I wanted to know if I should go ahead with this one or not. I require a motherboard that has internal USB 3.0 headers and supports 1600 Mhz RAM. Also I might overclock in the future.
So please suggest a motherboard that fulfills this criteria for around $70
Another small question - Will a PSU of 550W be enough if I decide to overclock??
A decent 550W PSU should be sufficient.
You do not want any of the cheaper MSI AMD motherboards though. The -G43 in particular appears on a public Googledocs spreadsheet (I cannot link it at work) as having weak VRMs that will pop under load. I would suggest a board from Asus or ASRock, but make sure it is indeed a true 970 board, not a 960 or otherwise using the old SB710 chipset.
Particularly for overclocking, you'll need a decent cooler. I use and recommend the Xigmatek Gaia, which is superior to the more-commonly mentioned Hyper212 EVO: http://www.techreaction.net/2011/07/07/review-xigmatek-... http://www.techreaction.net/2011/11/27/review-cooler-ma...
Unlike the Hyper212 EVO (ignore the URL; it IS the EVO they tested), the Gaia never throttled, although it wasn't always the coolest depending on the fan used. Both got awards, but if you factor in the price, the Gaia wins hands down.
Thank you for the prompt reply. I read that the -G43 is not suitable for the FX 8350. However I cannot find any motherboard with internal USB 3.0 headers in the $70 range. If you could suggest something I will be highly greatful.
As for the suggestion for the cooler, thank you very much. But I am not immediately planning to overclock so I can go with the stock cooler for now.
Thank you for sending me the links, they were highly helpful. But I will be buying parts in India and I can only use them for reference purposes.
My >1 year old HD7870 is still sufficient for all the games I've wanted to play.
As time goes by you may need to lower a few settings, although a graphics card upgrade in a few years may take care of that.