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December 30, 2013 6:12:16 PM

So this is my first proper PC build from scratch. I've helped a couple of friends along with theirs in the past, and upgraded numerous PCs... But I've never actually built a system from scratch! Here's what I'm thinking:

AMD FX 6350 // AMD FX 8320
M5A97 EVO R2.0
Gigabyte GTX 660
Samsung 840 EVO SSD 250GB
Western Digital 1TB SATA Drive
Patriot Viper 1600Mhz 8GB
CiT Vantage Case
Any DVD/RW Drive
Corsair CX500M PSU // Corsair CX600M PSU

So first off, which CPU should I buy? There's only £10 price difference at the moment, and I know that the 8320 will be much better for video editing (which I do quite a lot of.) But I'll primarily be using the PC for gaming (couple of MMO's and a few FPS too), and I'm under the impression that the 6350 has better single thread performance than the 8320, due to the higher clock speed? I don't know how much difference this will make in mid range games, but I'd rather not buy the wrong CPU! I won't be Overclocking by the way, I've never done it before, so atleast for the time being they'll be staying at stock clock speeds with the stock coolers.

My second issue, is 500 Watts enough? Judging by the TDP of the 660 and both CPUs, I shouldn't be running anywhere over 400W even under full load with all the other components... Although, I have no idea if this is how the total build Wattage is calculated? So would the CX500M be ok, or should I go for the £20 more expensive CX600M?

I'm on a fairly tight budget, trying not to exceed £600... But any and all suggestions for different components are welcome! Although I'd rather stick with AMD for the processor!

Thanks in advance for your input! :) 
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December 30, 2013 6:18:25 PM

500W are enough.

The FX-8320 has 8 cores, great for video editing, <b>if your software is smart enough to use them.</b>

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December 30, 2013 6:19:43 PM
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I would go for the 8320 because it will be very strong once you overclock it in the future.
The CX500M should be enough to power this build, but I would go for the CX600M because 500w won't be able to handle a higher-end gpu with overclocks on the gpu and cpu.
I would recommend dropping the SSD for now. At this budget, if you want a more pleasant gaming experience, you're better off upgrading the gpu instead of getting a SSD. You should ditch the SSD and upgrade the gpu and case. You should be able to get a decent case (Bitfenix Shinobi / Corsair 300R) and a GTX 760.
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December 31, 2013 10:08:33 AM

realchaos said:
I would go for the 8320 because it will be very strong once you overclock it in the future.
The CX500M should be enough to power this build, but I would go for the CX600M because 500w won't be able to handle a higher-end gpu with overclocks on the gpu and cpu.
I would recommend dropping the SSD for now. At this budget, if you want a more pleasant gaming experience, you're better off upgrading the gpu instead of getting a SSD. You should ditch the SSD and upgrade the gpu and case. You should be able to get a decent case (Bitfenix Shinobi / Corsair 300R) and a GTX 760.


Yeah, to be honest I think cutting back on the power supply will be a bad idea anyway... So I'll get the cx600. And if I'm gonna get that... I may as well choose the FX 8320! The thing is, I don't wanna skip the SSD, the idea of a sub 20second load up time is too tempting! Although now I've thought about it, I may need a better case. Do you happen to know of any decent ish cases that are a bit cheaper than the 300R? I could do with something that comes to around £60, with fan costs added on top. I also have no idea what fans to look for! haha. Thanks for all the help so far!
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December 31, 2013 12:55:12 PM

If you can, stick with the Corsair 300R but don't buy any fans. The 300R already comes with stock fans and that should provide enough airflow to cool your components. You can always add more fans later down the road.
January 1, 2014 7:20:14 AM

realchaos said:
If you can, stick with the Corsair 300R but don't buy any fans. The 300R already comes with stock fans and that should provide enough airflow to cool your components. You can always add more fans later down the road.


That's perfect then, thanks a lot for your help! :) 
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