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November 22, 2013 9:09:26 PM

As the title says here are my Specs to my final PC Build:
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431
CPU: AMD Fx 6300
Air Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
Mobo: Gigabyte 970A-DS3P
MEMORY: DDR3 1866MHz 8GB (4GBx2) Dual Channel Memory Adata XPG V2
Video Card: Don't know what to Decide Between the GTX 650 1GB, Or AMD RADEON R7 250 2GB
PSU: 500 WATTS CORSAIR CX500

So the only things that I am concerned about is the Video Card. I don't know what to decided between the 2.

So Overall is the build good? Everything is good but the Video Card? Please reply when able and thank you for your time.

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November 22, 2013 9:22:19 PM

Id go with the gigabyte 970 ud3p/ud3 for quality and OC reasons
the 650 should be better as the 250 competes more with the 640gt, but id go with a 7000 series card like the 7770/7790/7850 as prices should be lower than the current r7/r9 series. Pricing Id spend a little more and get a 7850 or 650 ti boost which should only range around $150, and beside the gpu and board change should be good

Is a good build even if u dont change the board unless ur going to OC, then id switch to the ud3p or ud3, and for the gpu id go with a the above mentioned, if price is an issue id get the 7770 as it should be around $100 and better than the 650 and r7 250, as from what i heard its worse than a 7750 or on par ish. actually newegg sells the 7790 around the same price as a 7770 and for $140 u can get a 2gb gigabyte 7850 which will beat a 650 ti
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November 22, 2013 9:25:38 PM

the 7770 barely beats the 650 not worth the upgrade IMO
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November 22, 2013 9:28:44 PM

I really like your CPU choice; I'm a fan of the AMD FX series. I do think that it's in your best interest to go ahead and add some more RAM. 8GB would definitely suffice but for the money it's absolutely worth spending $80 or so to add another 8GB and future proof your system. In fact, in all likelihood you wouldn't have the spend substantially more to just go with 2x8GB. Of course you could go w/ 3x4GB as well.

As far as the GPU is concerned, I think you hit the nail on the head with the Radeon HD card. It's a very cost effective card that will deliver excellent performance and has all of the outputs you will want.

You didn't mention storage but I'm sure you have something in mind. I don't think you can go wrong with a mid range WD drive like the Green or Blue or even one of their nicer Velociraptor series HDDs. All that really matters there is that you make sure you go with a SATA III (6Gb/s) drive that has a nice cache (32-64Gb) and operates at 7,200 RPM. You'll be able to find 1-2 TB for well under $100 depending on which series you decide to go with.

Good luck!
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November 22, 2013 9:30:34 PM

lazyboy947 said:
Id go with the gigabyte 970 ud3p/ud3 for quality and OC reasons
the 650 should be better as the 250 competes more with the 640gt, but id go with a 7000 series card like the 7770/7790/7850 as prices should be lower than the current r7/r9 series. Pricing Id spend a little more and get a 7850 or 650 ti boost which should only range around $150, and beside the gpu and board change should be good

Is a good build even if u dont change the board unless ur going to OC, then id switch to the ud3p or ud3, and for the gpu id go with a the above mentioned, if price is an issue id get the 7770 as it should be around $100 and better than the 650 and r7 250, as from what i heard its worse than a 7750 or on par ish. actually newegg sells the 7790 around the same price as a 7770 and for $140 u can get a 2gb gigabyte 7850 which will beat a 650 ti


I don't plan on overclocking. But There is just 2 more questions for me to ask you. Is the PSU Good aswell? 500 Watts are good for this build? And also since I am using Cyberpower Pc to customize my computer (My first gaming computer) It doesn't list the 7770 Here's the link if you would like to help me on the Video Card. http://

Just scroll down till you see the Video Card Section. Thanks for the Reply!
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November 22, 2013 9:37:39 PM

shandysolutions said:
I really like your CPU choice; I'm a fan of the AMD FX series. I do think that it's in your best interest to go ahead and add some more RAM. 8GB would definitely suffice but for the money it's absolutely worth spending $80 or so to add another 8GB and future proof your system. In fact, in all likelihood you wouldn't have the spend substantially more to just go with 2x8GB. Of course you could go w/ 3x4GB as well.

As far as the GPU is concerned, I think you hit the nail on the head with the Radeon HD card. It's a very cost effective card that will deliver excellent performance and has all of the outputs you will want.

You didn't mention storage but I'm sure you have something in mind. I don't think you can go wrong with a mid range WD drive like the Green or Blue or even one of their nicer Velociraptor series HDDs. All that really matters there is that you make sure you go with a SATA III (6Gb/s) drive that has a nice cache (32-64Gb) and operates at 7,200 RPM. You'll be able to find 1-2 TB for well under $100 depending on which series you decide to go with.

Good luck!


Ok I know about the SATA III, and I picked the R7 250 over the GTX 650. Now is the PSU good? Or not? 500 WATTS
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November 22, 2013 9:38:53 PM

shandysolutions said:
I really like your CPU choice; I'm a fan of the AMD FX series. I do think that it's in your best interest to go ahead and add some more RAM. 8GB would definitely suffice but for the money it's absolutely worth spending $80 or so to add another 8GB and future proof your system. In fact, in all likelihood you wouldn't have the spend substantially more to just go with 2x8GB. Of course you could go w/ 3x4GB as well.

As far as the GPU is concerned, I think you hit the nail on the head with the Radeon HD card. It's a very cost effective card that will deliver excellent performance and has all of the outputs you will want.

You didn't mention storage but I'm sure you have something in mind. I don't think you can go wrong with a mid range WD drive like the Green or Blue or even one of their nicer Velociraptor series HDDs. All that really matters there is that you make sure you go with a SATA III (6Gb/s) drive that has a nice cache (32-64Gb) and operates at 7,200 RPM. You'll be able to find 1-2 TB for well under $100 depending on which series you decide to go with.

Good luck!


Heres the link to my build if you are wondering on what I am talking about: http://
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November 22, 2013 9:41:21 PM

They updated for the new gen cards from amd, nvidia has not released low to mid range cards for the 700 series as for the 600 still being there for an extra $64 u can get a r9 270x which is around 660/7870 range, and yes 500 is plenty and its a good psu for the pricing. Matters on ur budget really for what card to go with but for the extra $64 the 270x is the best option.

Didnt know u were going thru cyberpower but everything looks good would def go for the 270x if the change in pricing isnt a huge issue, will be a good pc for the price and dont forget to get all the free things u can get lol
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November 22, 2013 10:00:04 PM

lazyboy947 said:
They updated for the new gen cards from amd, nvidia has not released low to mid range cards for the 700 series as for the 600 still being there for an extra $64 u can get a r9 270x which is around 660/7870 range, and yes 500 is plenty and its a good psu for the pricing. Matters on ur budget really for what card to go with but for the extra $64 the 270x is the best option.

Didnt know u were going thru cyberpower but everything looks good would def go for the 270x if the change in pricing isnt a huge issue, will be a good pc for the price and dont forget to get all the free things u can get lol



Ok Thanks! ^_^ You are awesome dude!
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November 22, 2013 10:04:33 PM

I agree with LazyBoy on the 270x as far as performance is concerned, it really does just depend on what you're looking to spend. The Radeon card will certainly keep up and is a very durable, cost effective solution but you can always spend more and get a little more.

You will be completely fine with a 500w PSU. I went over your build and in my opinion, you're gonna get a lot of bang for your buck. I recently built a comparable system for a consumer client and my cost was very similar to what you'll be spending.
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November 23, 2013 7:22:53 AM

shandysolutions said:
I agree with LazyBoy on the 270x as far as performance is concerned, it really does just depend on what you're looking to spend. The Radeon card will certainly keep up and is a very durable, cost effective solution but you can always spend more and get a little more.

You will be completely fine with a 500w PSU. I went over your build and in my opinion, you're gonna get a lot of bang for your buck. I recently built a comparable system for a consumer client and my cost was very similar to what you'll be spending.


Thanks my friend!
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