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February 26, 2014 9:41:45 AM

Hi, I'm planning to buy a new pc, and I'm on a budget of ~420 euros (~570$). I made up a build and need to check if it is OK, or something can be changed. (I'm in Serbia and pc components here are about 15-20% more expensive because tax has increased)

Case: CHIEFTEC CQ-01B-U3-OP
Graphics: ASUS Radeon R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 R7260X-DC2OC-2GD5
HDD: WESTERN DIGITAL RE3 1TB 7200 SATA300 32MB WD1002FBYS
CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz 8MB AM3+
RAM: CRUCIAL 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 CT51264BA160BJ (later upgrade with another 4GB stick)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43
PSU: RAIDMAX RX-500AF 500W

I will use it for playing Skyrim, Brutal Legend, Warcraft 3, Darksiders, usually no newest games that require a strong pc, and programming (studying software engineering and learning Android dev on the side).

I'm thinking of maybe upgrading it later into CrossFire (after a year or two), or just getting another card for mining - will I need bigger PSU for it? (more than 500W)

I plan to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu (or maybe emulate Ubuntu with virtual box on Win) so I was going for build with Intel cpu first but it goes over my budget so i switched to AMD, and I wanted to know if this AMD cpu has any problems with Ubuntu/Linux in general, because my current AMD build freezes after running any Linux for 5-10 minutes. (current build: Athlon II x4 630, MSI K9A2 NEO2 motherboard, Gainward GeForce GT240 1GB, 4BG DDR2 RAM Kingston 800MHz).

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February 26, 2014 10:09:09 AM

The PSU is complete junk. Replace it with an Antec, XFX, Corsair (not CX), Seasonic unit right away. 500w is plenty.

Also try to get an fx6300, as it is ALOT better than the 4130.
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February 26, 2014 11:57:23 AM

OK, thanks for the answer. I guess I could go a bit over the budget limit and get a Seasonic PSU (got only those here, others aren't available, maybe will be later) and the FX-6300.
These PSUs are in offer right now: SEASONIC SS-520GM2 520W and SEASONIC SS-500ET 500W.
New question: is buying parts over Amazon or Ebay a smart idea? I just checked and I could save ~25e on cpu+graphics+seasonic psu.
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February 26, 2014 12:01:47 PM

Either of those Seasonic PSUs are a very good choice.

Buying used parts is always a risk as the generally have no warranty. I have had mostly good luck with buying used parts, apart from a GPU which was bad, but I lucked out and EVGA said the card still had 3 weeks left for RMA under the original manufacturer warranty.
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February 26, 2014 1:23:29 PM

Thanks once again, you were of great help.

And by the way, it is new parts I thought of buying on Amazon or Ebay :) 
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February 26, 2014 1:54:04 PM

Buying new in box parts should be perfectly fine. Hope the build goes well!
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