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January 6, 2014 10:35:04 AM

I live in the Netherlands and was wondering if I could build a decent pc myself. This is the pc that I have put together so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/howjezus/saved/3maT

The main purpose for this pc wil be gaming on a resolution of around 1600x1200. I want to be able to play games like BF4, Crisis 3, Bioshock. That kind of games.

Could you please tell me if you see some mistakes, incompatibilities, something that I don´t need or a way to improve the pc without investing anymore money!

Tnx already.

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January 6, 2014 10:41:22 AM

Looks great you will have no problem running those games.

Good Luck!
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January 6, 2014 10:42:49 AM

As long as you don't plan to overclock you should be alright. You need a better CPU cooler and motherboard for real overclocking
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January 6, 2014 10:47:03 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.92 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1040.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 13:48 EST-0500)

Made a few adjustments. The 8320 is the same as the 8350, just clocked a little slower, you can do a slight OC yourself and save $50 bucks. Your CPU cooler comes with thermal paste, and it will work fine. I upgraded you to a better motherboard, and added an SSD for your OS and apps. The SSD will make a big difference in your PC performance, and a must have these days. You don't need 16GB of RAM for gaming, 8GB is plenty. That XFX is a better quality PSU, if you want to pay extra for a modular one, that is an option. Other than that it should work well for you. Also you can save some money going with a 2GB GTX 770. You don't need the extra VRam, especially at your resolution.

You mention you live in the Netherlands, the prices you used are US ones, so I am not sure of the availability and pricing where you live. PCPartPicker can change based on your location, but use this as a template.
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January 6, 2014 10:47:42 AM

ingtar33 said:
As long as you don't plan to overclock you should be alright. You need a better CPU cooler and motherboard for real overclocking


Alright thank you, but could you give a alternative for the components wich will not function properly anymore when I overclock my pc? (As cheap as possible would be great!)
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January 6, 2014 5:53:26 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.92 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1085.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 20:50 EST-0500)

I did what i could to keep the price pretty close. That build will overclock a lot better. don't expect world records or anything... you'd have to spend a bit more to hit those, but this should do alright. figure you'd top out somewhere around 4.6-4.8ghz depending on the luck of the draw with the chip you get. which is a lot better then the 4.1 or so you'd get with the previous build.

I also added an SSD. I think it's pretty much required hardware~ else you'll never really know you had a kick ass modern cpu.
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January 7, 2014 7:13:34 AM

Transmaniacon said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.92 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1040.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 13:48 EST-0500)

Made a few adjustments. The 8320 is the same as the 8350, just clocked a little slower, you can do a slight OC yourself and save $50 bucks. Your CPU cooler comes with thermal paste, and it will work fine. I upgraded you to a better motherboard, and added an SSD for your OS and apps. The SSD will make a big difference in your PC performance, and a must have these days. You don't need 16GB of RAM for gaming, 8GB is plenty. That XFX is a better quality PSU, if you want to pay extra for a modular one, that is an option. Other than that it should work well for you. Also you can save some money going with a 2GB GTX 770. You don't need the extra VRam, especially at your resolution.

You mention you live in the Netherlands, the prices you used are US ones, so I am not sure of the availability and pricing where you live. PCPartPicker can change based on your location, but use this as a template.


thanks for your solution, but I saw that you changed the PSU to one that also has a lot less wattage, I assume that that won't be a problem? 550W is more then enough I hope.
And when i overclock the 8320 It will be as fast as a not overclock 8350, is that what you mean?
And as a last note, The extra VRAM that i get with the 4GB is really useless? Even when I plan to use this one for the coming (I hope like) 5 years or so?

Aside of those things thanks again and I really hope that you could clear these last issues.
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January 7, 2014 7:43:52 AM

For a gtx 770 id get a 700w psu
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January 7, 2014 9:33:43 AM

Howjezus said:
Transmaniacon said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.92 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1040.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 13:48 EST-0500)

Made a few adjustments. The 8320 is the same as the 8350, just clocked a little slower, you can do a slight OC yourself and save $50 bucks. Your CPU cooler comes with thermal paste, and it will work fine. I upgraded you to a better motherboard, and added an SSD for your OS and apps. The SSD will make a big difference in your PC performance, and a must have these days. You don't need 16GB of RAM for gaming, 8GB is plenty. That XFX is a better quality PSU, if you want to pay extra for a modular one, that is an option. Other than that it should work well for you. Also you can save some money going with a 2GB GTX 770. You don't need the extra VRam, especially at your resolution.

You mention you live in the Netherlands, the prices you used are US ones, so I am not sure of the availability and pricing where you live. PCPartPicker can change based on your location, but use this as a template.


thanks for your solution, but I saw that you changed the PSU to one that also has a lot less wattage, I assume that that won't be a problem? 550W is more then enough I hope.
And when i overclock the 8320 It will be as fast as a not overclock 8350, is that what you mean?
And as a last note, The extra VRAM that i get with the 4GB is really useless? Even when I plan to use this one for the coming (I hope like) 5 years or so?

Aside of those things thanks again and I really hope that you could clear these last issues.


Yes 550 watts is enough. If you would feel comfortable with a little more power, the 620 watt SeaSonic M12 PSU is a good choice.

The only difference in the 8320 and 8350 is clock speed, and it's such a small difference that the extra cost is not worth it. A very simple overclock, changing the multiplier and you can match the 8350, and with that cooler you can beat the 8350 speed.

For 1080P gaming, 2Gb is plenty of VRam. The only things that will require more or use up most of that are heavily modded versions of games like Skyrim. Honestly a GPU will probably last you about 2 or 3 years before games start to surpass it, so I think the 770 will definitely last you that long. It will still perform well beyond that, but you probably can't expect to max games as effortlessly as you can now.
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January 7, 2014 11:18:19 AM

Howjezus said:
Transmaniacon said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.92 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1040.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 13:48 EST-0500)

Made a few adjustments. The 8320 is the same as the 8350, just clocked a little slower, you can do a slight OC yourself and save $50 bucks. Your CPU cooler comes with thermal paste, and it will work fine. I upgraded you to a better motherboard, and added an SSD for your OS and apps. The SSD will make a big difference in your PC performance, and a must have these days. You don't need 16GB of RAM for gaming, 8GB is plenty. That XFX is a better quality PSU, if you want to pay extra for a modular one, that is an option. Other than that it should work well for you. Also you can save some money going with a 2GB GTX 770. You don't need the extra VRam, especially at your resolution.

You mention you live in the Netherlands, the prices you used are US ones, so I am not sure of the availability and pricing where you live. PCPartPicker can change based on your location, but use this as a template.


thanks for your solution, but I saw that you changed the PSU to one that also has a lot less wattage, I assume that that won't be a problem? 550W is more then enough I hope.
And when i overclock the 8320 It will be as fast as a not overclock 8350, is that what you mean?
And as a last note, The extra VRAM that i get with the 4GB is really useless? Even when I plan to use this one for the coming (I hope like) 5 years or so?

Aside of those things thanks again and I really hope that you could clear these last issues.


overclocked that cpu might draw as much as 220W... the gpu will top out at 250W... you'll be fine with a 550W psu.

the 8320 is an identical chip to the 8350. it will hit the same clock speeds... my 8320 is currently sitting nice and stable at 5.0ghz. luck of the draw really... not all piledrivers can do that.
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