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August 24, 2013 2:05:49 PM

This is my $710ish PC build, would appreciate if you can give some input on this.

$715 : PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vx5C
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vx5C/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1vx5C/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($274.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $715.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-23 21:53 EDT-0400)

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August 24, 2013 2:21:24 PM

Change the motherboard. that one has no heatsink on the VRMs and they overheat the board. Has happened in ALOT of systems. Well known problem.

I would change the PSU to an xfx unit. The corsair cx line isn't very good.

Everything else looks good.
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August 24, 2013 2:24:51 PM

Looks like a solid build, impressive that you found a HD7970 for 274.99, that's about 100$ off of their normal price. I also like your choice in that case. The 200R is a simple, clean, and elegant case. Nice to work inside too. Overall, it should be a great rig for a couple years. Hope this helps, and happy building!
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August 24, 2013 3:05:29 PM

tiny voices said:
Change the motherboard. that one has no heatsink on the VRMs and they overheat the board. Has happened in ALOT of systems. Well known problem.

I would change the PSU to an xfx unit. The corsair cx line isn't very good.

Everything else looks good.


What's your suggestion on the mobo? Budget is about $700

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August 24, 2013 3:11:14 PM

Have a look at gigabyte and Asus for the motherboard.
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August 24, 2013 3:16:18 PM

tiny voices said:
Have a look at gigabyte and Asus for the motherboard.


Can you link a good one? Sorry, i'm not too good at this.
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August 24, 2013 3:35:09 PM

It is worth it for a board that won't overheat. Those boards are only $11 more than that board you have.
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August 24, 2013 3:36:01 PM

tiny voices said:
It is worth it for a board that won't overheat. Those boards are only $11 more than that board you have.


Shall I get a CPU cooler as well?
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August 24, 2013 3:37:56 PM

ONLY if you plan to overclock the CPU.
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August 24, 2013 3:48:48 PM

tiny voices said:
ONLY if you plan to overclock the CPU.


not for a very long time. Also, if I wanted to upgrade the CPU, do I just remove and replace? I'm thinking of the 8350 soon.
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August 24, 2013 3:52:05 PM

Yes you just remove and replace. If you get an 8320, upgrading to an 8350 is a waste. There will be little performance difference. Not noticeable in gaming at all. Don't worry about a CPU cooler now. You can always switch it out later.
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