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First Computer Build, Advice Needed!

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August 14, 2013 6:47:02 PM

Before I begin, I have a budget of $640, I will be purchasing all my products off of Newegg, and I'm completely new to PC building.I'm trying to put together a gaming rig, and I'd like to have other people look it over and make sure everything is compatible and will work together and such. I'm planning to just to play games on medium to high graphic settings, so I'm not really going to need the most high end graphics card. Thanks!


1.)Case-COOLER MASTER HAF series RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

2.)CPU-AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor

3.)Graphics Card-SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

4.)PSU-SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

5.)Motherboard-GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

6.)RAM-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866

7.)Hardrive-Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

8.)DVD Burner-LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

Thank you
August 14, 2013 6:54:53 PM

Well, you could do a little bit better for the same budget I think. When will you be buying?
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August 14, 2013 6:56:02 PM

This weekend
August 14, 2013 6:56:55 PM

I like it but maybe look at a slightly cheaper psu 500-550watts or 600 watt OCZ or a corsair cx 600 so and get a 7790 or 650ti a little more gpu would be nice in this build. a 2GB 7850 or 650 ti boost but that would push the limit of the budget but I like it too.
August 14, 2013 7:01:36 PM

Alrighty, I only went with the expensive seasonic because every Youtuber on the planet said it was the best brand for a psu >.<, I went with the sapphire 7770 because I friend has the exact same thing and loves it, but I would enjoy having a better gpu then him >:) .
August 14, 2013 7:02:52 PM

August 14, 2013 7:05:05 PM

But as it is, would the cpu, graphics card, and psu all work well with the motherboard? the motherboard is the thing I'm most worried about.

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August 14, 2013 7:12:52 PM

Wait till friday and repost the question. With weekend sales I bet you could get a couple of better parts for the same price. I'm about 40 dollars over budget right now with what I'd recommend, so I'd just recheck in a couple of days.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.05 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($190.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $680.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-14 22:10 EDT-0400)

With this right now, could drop down to a 7870 non-ghz card, or even a 7850. Could also get an fx8320 with this build now and only be over 5 dollars(you can buy a cooler later and overclock the #!#* out of the Cpu to regain the base speed that you lose in going with the 8320 instead of the 8350). If you can, you'll want to buy a better video card than a 7770 for sure though.
August 14, 2013 7:15:27 PM

Thanks man
August 14, 2013 7:45:20 PM

I changed my Motherboard and Graphics card (sapphire 7850)to what you recommended, everything else I left the same, thank you
August 14, 2013 8:04:07 PM

Sure, that'll work. Remember to get a Cpu cooler sometime soonish too. Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo would work really well for about 30 dollars.
August 14, 2013 10:11:47 PM

August 15, 2013 4:06:54 AM


Nice build