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Advice On First Custom PC Build

Hi everyone, I'm building a PC for the first time and hope somebody can review my part's list and give me suggestions. I will mainly be doing gaming, not hardcore 3D video/image rendering software.

Here's my build:

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

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($353.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.78 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1248.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-17 19:55 EDT-0400)
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  1. zjuventus14 said:
    Hi everyone, I'm building a PC for the first time and hope somebody can review my part's list and give me suggestions. I will mainly be doing gaming, not hardcore 3D video/image rendering software.

    Here's my build:

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

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($353.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.78 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1248.64
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-17 19:55 EDT-0400)



    I highly recommend getting an aftermarket cooler for the FX-8350. I recommend this cooler for the job -

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  2. I've seen that people had issues that it wasn't compatible with the AM3+. do you have any other suggestions
  3. Best answer
    Added a 212 EVO cooler for the FX and a better PSU , and changed your case to a storm scout.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($119.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($353.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1268.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-17 20:07 EDT-0400)
  4. zjuventus14 said:
    I've seen that people had issues that it wasn't compatible with the AM3+. do you have any other suggestions



    The AMD FX-8350 is compatible. If you have an old AM3 socket CPU (It is compatible, just a different chipset on board), you can update the bios with that chip, to make the motherboard recognize the FX 8350 CPU, thus it will then be compatible.
  5. dottorrent said:
    zjuventus14 said:
    I've seen that people had issues that it wasn't compatible with the AM3+. do you have any other suggestions



    The AMD FX-8350 is compatible. If you have an old AM3 socket CPU (It is compatible, just a different chipset on board), you can update the bios with that chip, to make the motherboard recognize the FX 8350 CPU, thus it will then be compatible.


    I meant the CPU Cooler.

    Thanks
  6. No the CPU cooler is completely compatible with the AM3+ socket no problem. As for the ram I would drop it down to 8gig that would be more than enough. 16gig is really overkill and that would save some bucks off of your build.

    As for the case I think the one you picked would be much nicer than the Storm Scout do NOT change it.

    As for the motherboard even if you have a older AM3 motherboard not all of them were upgradable to handle the FX CPU so double check with the manufacture because while some were upgradable with a bios update not all were.
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