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Finalizing PC parts for first build, could someone critique my parts?

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November 14, 2013 2:17:05 PM

Alright. I will be building my first PC this Christmas to replace the 20-year-old hand-me-down I am using at the moment. Definitely time to upgrade. My budget is pretty dang tight, so I couldn't pick every part I wanted, but I think I did really well for a first time. Here are my soon-to-be final specs:

After much deliberation and over eleven major different configurations....
Case:: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus
CPU:: AMD FX-6300
CPU cooling:: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
GPU:: Sapphire Radeon 7850 2GB
Motherboard:: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
RAM:: G.Skill Ripjaws Ares Series 1866 MHz 8 GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3
PSU:: Corsair CXM 500 Watt modular
HDD:: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (Wasn't sure what to go for; do I really need the CUDA?)
Optical drive:: some random drive from ASUS I only plan to use for installing an OS
I will be throwing in some cold cathodes and the odd LED fan here and there if that matters.

Total build cost: $592 USD
Budget: $625 USD (What should I do with the extra money?)
This rig will be for medium levels of gaming, video capture/editing/production, music production, and general use, in case that matters as well.

If you can help me fine-tune my parts or just give me a tip about building in general, I would truly appreciate it!

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November 14, 2013 3:39:06 PM

If you use photoshop then I recommend buy 2 HDD because you can use one for scratch disk to speed up the photoshop. And you maybe get the 16GB RAM, that depends on how often you use the PC for video capture/editing/production, music production, if you do a lot on that and get the 16GB, otherwise, the PC is good.
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