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This is my first build and i need guidance

Hello friends, i would like to survey all of your viewpoints on my pc gaming build and see what you guys think i should modify in order to get the best performance for my budget of around $1,500 more or less. I know the total amount is more than my budget, but this a rough idea of what i'm searching for. In addition, my intentions for this build is to use it strictly for gaming and maybe an insignificant amount of school related projects. If there are any unanswered questions that are required, please let me know! Thank you.

My Build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2FPTC

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $189.99

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $89.99

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $119.99

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $82.05

Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $128.53
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.99

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card $519.99

Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case $159.99

Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $144.99

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.99

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $88.98

Monitor: Acer H226HQLbid 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $137.58

Total: $1,764.06
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  1. Looks good to me bro, but if you can still fit it there, get a 23inch monitor. Your 780 is overkill for that 21inch. :)
  2. Thanks for the help :), but if i decide to stay with a 21inch does that mean i have to downgrade my graphics card?
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    You can get the gtx 770 bro. Or you can get this monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236288

    Just add $30 on your bill. I have that monitor, and I have the 780. I run all games at max, it just looks so good man. ;)
  4. Okay thanks, ill look into it. Also would it be fine if i use my pc in a closet? Its just i dont really have anywhere to put it lol
  5. You can definitely get a somewhat better system for that price, I would recommend something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.97 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($82.05 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.51 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($504.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.79 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: NZXT HALE90 V2 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1617.24
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-23 16:26 EST-0500)

    - Gaming generally favors Intel which is why I choose that over AMD FX-8350
    - Better PSU that will allow for an SLI setup
    - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme is better than Corsair H100i (Corsair is known for including ridiculously shoddy fans with their liquid units)
  6. I don't suggest it bro, you need airflow for your PC. If you put it inside a closet, it won't get much air. And the hot air will also just circulate inside.
  7. adimeister said:
    I don't suggest it bro, you need airflow for your PC. If you put it inside a closet, it won't get much air. And the hot air will also just circulate inside.


    I have mine sitting in a cabinet and the air doesn't recirculate. Maybe in a tight space in a closet I could see that but if it's open I can't see where there would be a problem.
  8. Well i have a relatively small simple desk in my closet and i was thinking about putting my pc next to the desk on the floor (i have wood flooring btw). Also I plan on leaving my closet door open if i do put it in there. Im just concerned about the temperature since it's in a small area and the negative effects that it will have on my pc. Just for reference, i always keep my belongings organized and well maintained.
  9. Oh I see. I thought you'll be putting it in an isolated space. Yea, it'll work, same as what g-unit1111 has said. :) As long there is air to suck in, no problem. :)
  10. adimeister said:
    Oh I see. I thought you'll be putting it in an isolated space. Yea, it'll work, same as what g-unit1111 has said. :) As long there is air to suck in, no problem. :)


    The cabinet I have mine sitting in is custom made and I had it designed around being able to house my tower with enough room for air flow.
  11. Sweet, thank you for spending time to answer my questions, it really helped with my decisions :)
  12. I was imagining a cabinet like a really closed tight cabinet same as where you put your clothes. haha I'm jealous, you have a custom made work place. :(
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