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$500 Budget Gaming PC Build, Need Feedback on My Chosen Hardware

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December 1, 2013 9:55:48 PM

So my mother-in-law has put me in charge of building my brother-in-law's gaming PC for Christmas. This will be my first solo build and I need some feedback on my choices. I was given a budget of $400-$500 and I've already gone over that a little, but I'll pay the extra cost because I'm an awesome brother-in-law. I've been doing as much research on the hardware as I can, but since I'm running short on time I need the advice of those who have been at it a little longer than I have. Based on the budget I have please let me know from the hardware below what should be changed (if anything) and why. I'm doing my best not to bottleneck the performance. Thank you in advance.

Case and Power Supply:
RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black with 500w power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
ASUS HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 Radeon HD 7790 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD Drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 1, 2013 10:39:13 PM

My thoughts:

Steer clear of raidmax power supplies (well known to be crappy units that risk your components), instead of that combo try:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Lian-Li PC-A05FNB ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $184.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-02 01:40 EST-0500)

This case/psu combo is of WAY higher quality at a better price. Also included is another really good motherboard that won't cost you as much as your original plan. That 7790 is a good deal, nicely found!

hope that's helpful
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December 15, 2013 10:25:36 AM

Building a gaming PC for around $500 can be difficult, but it can be done. You need to be very careful about the components you choose. You really do get what you pay for.
As ACTechy said, avoid Raidmax power supplies at all costs. They are well known for their low quality components and build quality. Saving a few dollars on a cheap power supply puts the rest of your system at risk.
I had a couple thoughts on your build that you might want to consider.
First, consider going with the FX-6300 instead of the FX-8320. Having 2 fewer cores wont matter much for a gaming PC and it will save you a few dollars.
For a budget gaming PC a 990FX motherboard isn't the best choice. The 970 chipset is for more budget minded builds. It offers good performance without some of the bells and whistles of its bigger brother, and its less money.

Take a look at this config. Quality parts with decent performance for the dollar.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2kHb6
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