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First PC Build PLEASE HELP - Are my parts compatible?

Hello everyone, I'm making my first PC build with my friend and down below I have listed the parts we/he chose. I was hoping if you awesome people could please tell me your thoughts on the PC.

Also I just heard that I might need a sound card, but as far as I know and my friend knows (he's 100% positive though) we don't need a sound card. Is this true?

Thank you very much!

CPU - AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Mobo - ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard

Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage - Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card - Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card

Case - Fractal Design Define R4 PC Case - Black/Pearl

PSU - Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

Optical Drive - Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

Operating System - Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit)

Monitor - BenQ GL2450HM
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  1. Best answer
    Yes all parts are compatible. But in my opinion I'd change the psu model (The CX model has been known to have issues as a budget Psu).

    Apart from that I think it's a decent build and a good quiet case
  2. You should grab BenQ XL2420TE instead. Much much better gaming monitor, huge difference.
  3. I'm not sure if it's in his/ her budget range. Also it actually won't benefit him/ her because the gpu won't be able to reach 144 fps at 1080p to utilise 144Hz.
  4. I mean.. you don't always have to reach 144fps to benefit.. from 144hz monitor.. passing 60 fps will show difference from a 60hz monitor.
  5. Yes but they've chosen a graphics card that will only reach about 65 fps at 1080p max settings (BF4 benchmarks). According to amazon it would cost an extra $100 which isn't worth the upgrade

    And to reply to OP, you don't need a sound card :) he's correct
  6. HeyyScott said:
    You should grab BenQ XL2420TE instead. Much much better gaming monitor, huge difference.

    I did see that monitor but it's out of my budget, I already went about £60 over what was planned lol.
  7. symsus said:
    Yes but they've chosen a graphics card that will only reach about 65 fps at 1080p max settings (BF4 benchmarks). According to amazon it would cost an extra $100 which isn't worth the upgrade

    And to reply to OP, you don't need a sound card :) he's correct


    Thanks bro I didn't know that, I'll make sure to tell my friend and see if he knew (he chose the parts). If it's not too much to ask, could you possibly be able to suggest a substitute to my graphics card that is roughly the same price or even lower maybe? It's about £152 on Amazon ($252). My monitor seems to be the best for my budget and its 74Hz (if that makes a difference for you).

    I have bought half the items already, next month i will buy the mobo, cpu, cpu cooler, RAM and the graphics card.

    Also you said max settings, I've heard of ultra settings, is that the same thing? As you can probably tell I haven't played BF4 on PC yet.
    Thanks a lot - appreciate the answer AND thanks to you all who see this and who answered to my question! ;)
  8. Max settings would be ultra with everything else maxed AA etc. Also depends what you want. The GTX 760 is faster but costs $50 more and the 7950 is cheaper. the 760 would also come with other features such as physx. It's entirely up to you on whether you want to spend %50 more or less
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