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Building a computer for my bro's b-day for under $500, is this good?

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September 16, 2013 11:36:29 AM

Hello everyone!

I am currently building a new gaming computer for my brother for his birthday. I hope to keep it under $500 if I can, I will go slightly over if needed. I already have something started, but I would love your advice on making it better if at all possible! Here are the specs. I already have 8 GB of Kingston HyperX ram from an old system, so the RAM is covered. Thanks guys!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1E8B3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1E8B3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1E8B3/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $461.90

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September 16, 2013 12:32:45 PM

Yeah its good but your wattage may be a tad under?

http://support.asus.com/powersupply.aspx

^Check that link out for a wattage calculator

Plus why are you getting a micro ATX motherboard for an ATX Case...Or am I wrong ? :D 
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September 16, 2013 12:39:57 PM

buster108 said:
Yeah its good but your wattage may be a tad under?

http://support.asus.com/powersupply.aspx

^Check that link out for a wattage calculator

Plus why are you getting a micro ATX motherboard for an ATX Case...Or am I wrong ? :D 


Just because it's super cheap, and he won't be doing any OC'ing or anything like that. :) 

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