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Currently building a pc for gaming and need professional input

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January 31, 2014 11:42:12 PM

Hello everyone, for many months I've been planning on building this computer but now that the build date is about a week away I need confirmation that everything I have gathered up to this point is good.

CPU: AMD FX-8320 (this is the highest FX processor the motherboard im buying supports, I was originally going to get the fx-6300 because it was cheaper, but only by $20 so is it worth it to just take the fx-8320 for the extra money?)

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 760 (was originally going to get an AMD R9 270x but decided on this as it was only about $15 more expensive and almost 10% more powerful according to game debate, was this the right choice or are there any other recommended choices for around the same price?)

Ram: G.Skills ares series ddr3-2133 (going to get 8 gb for now, will possibly upgrade in the future as needed, was going to get corsair vengeance ram but was told it wasn't necessary and it would be safe to save money on this part)

HDD: Western digital caviar blue 7200rpm (I know almost nothing about hard drives but I was recently told that this was a good choice)

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX (I was going to get an asrock motherboard but I was told I was spending too much money on it considering the small amount of ram I was getting, was this a good option?)

wireless network adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (I was told that spending a lot of money on a wireless network adapter wasn't really that necessary if I wasn't too far away from my router, which I am not)

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I snow edition (I did a lot of looking at many different cases and this one is the one I liked the most, the only downside I have seen is it has some cooling problems, would it be necessary to get an extra fan for it? I have a cooler master megaflow picked out that I would get, but only if it was absolutely necessary, I do plan to use the stock CPU cooler however I have no plans on overclocking anything)

PSU: Corsair CX 430M (I know this PSU is supposedly low quality, but using the pcpartpicker website, I am told my build will only actually take 400watts where as this particular PSU supplies 430 watts, I know that's cutting it a bit close, would it be necessary to upgrade it to the 500watt version? or would I be ok with the 430 watt assuming I didn't add much more to the build?

also im getting an optical drive, primarily so I can install windows 7.

So ultimately what I'm wondering is if not only are all these parts compatible (which pcpartpicker says they are) but would anybody want to offer any recommendations about this particular build to make it more sufficient or "safe." I would hate to build this pc and then have problems, so if anybody could tell me what's necessary and what's not (necessary meaning what is absolutely necessary, like if I don't do it then I will be screwed, that's what I consider necessary) I am intending to use this pc for gaming, not exactly high end gaming, I don't need to max the settings on every game I play, but I do intend to at least be able to run modern and future games.
January 31, 2014 11:45:49 PM

One thing you are missing is an SSD :D 
And also youll be better off with a 500watt version. :) 
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February 1, 2014 12:15:33 AM

MSI 970 boards have little to no VRM cooling, I'd avoid them if you want to overclock at all

You'd want a better PSU to run that system, 430W will power it, but it won't give you much headroom and the CX line uses cheaper capacitors which do not handle well under stress (FYI there's also a 750W EVGA PSU for $59.99 after MIR)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $134.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-01 03:16 EST-0500)
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February 1, 2014 12:15:49 AM

Adrian Ocampo said:
One thing you are missing is an SSD :D 
And also youll be better off with a 500watt version. :) 


I will likely get the cx 500m version (im not sure what the difference between the cx 500 and cx 500m are, except supposedly one is semi-modular, which if I'm not mistaken means that there's less cables to deal with in the case of not adding extra things into your pc)
However, I will not be getting an SSD (unless however you were suggesting a small ssd to house my OS which I've heard improves booting time, but getting a 1TB ssd or multiple smaller ones would just be far too expensive for me)
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February 1, 2014 12:21:12 AM

That 2133 memory isn't worth getting unless you're going to be doing alot of productivity work like rendering or editing, an 8gb kit of DDR3-1600 CL9 should do the job just fine for gaming
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February 1, 2014 12:26:38 AM

rolandzhang3 said:
MSI 970 boards have little to no VRM cooling, I'd avoid them if you want to overclock at all

You'd want a better PSU to run that system, 430W will power it, but it won't give you much headroom and the CX line uses cheaper capacitors which do not handle well under stress (FYI there's also a 750W EVGA PSU for $59.99 after MIR)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $134.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-01 03:16 EST-0500)


rolandzhang3 said:
That 2133 memory isn't worth getting unless you're going to be doing alot of productivity work like rendering or editing, an 8gb kit of DDR3-1600 CL9 should do the job just fine for gaming


I dont plan on doing any overclocking what so ever, regardless of how safe it can potentially be I really avoid anything that can even be slightly hazardous to my computer. I may be willing to change mobo's if it's really that bad, but I don't need a beast one that will allow me to overclock.
As far as the ram goes, believe it or not that was actually the cheapest set of 2x4 ram I could find on there, plus I do some rendering for making videos and stuff so I suppose it cant hurt.
Also that particular mobo says it has a potential incompatibility with my cpu "Some AMD 970 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Vishera CPUs." I've been told that this is a very old warning and no longer actually a problem but I thought I'd run it by you just to be safe.
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February 1, 2014 12:48:32 AM

In that case that 2133 memory would be great if there's any stock left

As far as I know, Asus and Asrock motherboards with the R2.0 after the name usually means that it comes with a BIOS version compatible with Vishera chips
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February 1, 2014 12:55:56 AM

rolandzhang3 said:
In that case that 2133 memory would be great if there's any stock left

As far as I know, Asus and Asrock motherboards with the R2.0 after the name usually means that it comes with a BIOS version compatible with Vishera chips


Based on what I looked up that motherboard should already be updated and is just a warning precaution to people who may purchase some non updated versions of older amd 970 mobo's.

So I'm likely going to get the motherboard you suggested in place of the one I had picked our prior. Besides that would you say that the rest of the build is relatively decent assuming I also changed the PSU to a 500watt version? (more specifically the XFX 550watt one you suggested)
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February 1, 2014 12:59:31 AM

The rest looks good to me, you could consider a Seagate hybrid drive if you want some quick OS booting but then again it's not that important, the Caviar Blue is a good consumer grade choice (enthusiasts would be looking at something like a performance grade Caviar Black drives)

The case and optical drive etc. are down to personal preferences I guess, and that Asus 760 is small enough to fit well in most cases

Then again if you want tidiness, you could look around at some modular units, a CX600M or something should do (especially considering at this exact moment it is the same price as the CX500M in the US after MIR), and it won't be under much stress since you won't be overclocking (otherwise something like an Antec HCG 520M or 620M would be great, depending on budget constraints)
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February 1, 2014 1:13:38 AM

Never get 1 TB SSD its too expensive :) ) And yes it is to house your OS. 120 or 250gb are good enough for ssd :) 
And yes the difference of 500 and 500m are just the semi modular. youll be paying for less cable management :)  But if you can handle cables well then your good enough with a 500 watt psu :D 
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February 1, 2014 1:21:12 AM

rolandzhang3 said:
The rest looks good to me, you could consider a Seagate hybrid drive if you want some quick OS booting but then again it's not that important, the Caviar Blue is a good consumer grade choice (enthusiasts would be looking at something like a performance grade Caviar Black drives)

The case and optical drive etc. are down to personal preferences I guess, and that Asus 760 is small enough to fit well in most cases

Then again if you want tidiness, you could look around at some modular units, a CX600M or something should do (especially considering at this exact moment it is the same price as the CX500M in the US after MIR), and it won't be under much stress since you won't be overclocking (otherwise something like an Antec HCG 520M or 620M would be great, depending on budget constraints)


The Antex HCG 520M isn't much more expensive than the current PSU that I've chosen, so if it really makes that big of a difference then I'll get it. I'm trying to keep my budget under $800 and currently it is at $780 (more like $740 after all the mail in rebates, but I hate dealing with those)
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February 1, 2014 1:25:28 AM

rolandzhang3 said:
:lol:  a 1TB SSD would cost many times more than the entire build

I was talking about these hybrid drives (internal 8GB SSD which is used as a cache)

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...

Then again most would still recommend staying with that WD drive, an SSD is ideal, though I wouldn't want to skimp on other components to fit that within the budget


Technically I could probably fit that in, I didn't know that they made hard drives that had small 7.6 gb ssd to the side specifically for the OS and possibly a few more little files since the OS is only like 4.1 gb, but still I think I will stick with the original choice simply because it can always be upgraded in the future and I'm sure I wont die waiting a little longer for my pc to boot up.
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February 1, 2014 1:27:35 AM

Yeah, that'd be the best thing to do, I guess you could partition that 1TB drive and then clone the OS partition to an SSD in future when you decide to get one
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February 1, 2014 1:29:44 AM

rolandzhang3 said:
Yeah, that'd be the best thing to do, I guess you could partition that 1TB drive and then clone the OS partition to an SSD in future when you decide to get one


I most likely will do some minor upgrading in the feature, like installing extra fans or even a liquid cooling system, putting in extra drives and what not, pretty much what im trying to do right now is just get the bare essentials that I can use to play games for now, and build on it in the next coming months.
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February 1, 2014 1:44:47 AM

Then you should be fine, the 8320 won't do as well as an i5 for most games but it will hold its own, and is great for streaming and video editing/rendering

Likewise the 760 should last you a good few years too
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