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March 20, 2014 8:51:23 AM

Hello, Like many other computer noobs on here, I am looking for some advice on the components I've chosen. Im looking to build a gaming desktop that will be able to handle games (FPS, RTS, RPG, ect.) for the foreseeable future. (2-3 years?) I have an open budget but was planning on spending $650-$700 for everything minus a monitor. I did the math and with all the components running at max wattage, It would be a total of 344W.

CPU- AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core

Motherboard- Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+

Memory- G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866

Storage- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Video Card- Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB

Case- NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower

Power Supply- Corsair 430W ATX12V

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

I guess a main question I have would be; Will the processor i have allow my components to run at full potential? Is this a decent rig? Will it be decent for some time to come? Again I'm very new at this and any help, advice, tips, trick, would be very helpful.

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March 20, 2014 9:30:30 AM

Your processor is good, I have the identical processor only a little bit overclocked and it can handle the 7970 (r9 280.)
so no worries there. Good build, it will be good for 2 years easily.
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March 20, 2014 10:08:56 AM

I would change 2 things (I am assuming you are in the US, if this is not the case let us know):
-GPU to gtx 760 -> Better than 270 or 270x, which are both overpirced in the US atm
-PSU to XFX 550w -> better quality than the corsair cx series, higher wattage for future use.

You also might want to pick out a different case since with the one you chose you would have to remove some hard drive bays to fit a decent length gpu.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $698.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:06 EDT-0400)

Edit: Did not include OS in this price so make sure to take that into account.
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March 20, 2014 10:23:27 AM

ivanjacob said:
Your processor is good, I have the identical processor only a little bit overclocked and it can handle the 7970 (r9 280.)
so no worries there. Good build, it will be good for 2 years easily.

Thanks man. Makes me that much more confident about it.
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March 20, 2014 10:26:16 AM

bad PSU choice brother . . get a good PSU like xfx 550 or corsair gs600 if want total modular so RM550 will do the work gold rated
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March 20, 2014 10:32:22 AM

numanator said:
I would change 2 things (I am assuming you are in the US, if this is not the case let us know):
-GPU to gtx 760 -> Better than 270 or 270x, which are both overpirced in the US atm
-PSU to XFX 550w -> better quality than the corsair cx series, higher wattage for future use.

You also might want to pick out a different case since with the one you chose you would have to remove some hard drive bays to fit a decent length gpu.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $698.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:06 EDT-0400)

Edit: Did not include OS in this price so make sure to take that into account.


Thank you for the info. I noticed that I would have to remove a bay for the gpu but heard it not that big of a problem to take them out. Also That power supply is literally the only thing i already had from a friend of mine who has built a few... Is that not gonna work? Or is the 550w just in case i upgrade in the future? I will most definitely look into the gtx760. I most likely will take your advice on it seeing as its only $60-$70 more and better.

Again thank you.
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March 20, 2014 10:36:06 AM

STACKS ON DECK said:
bad PSU choice brother . . get a good PSU like xfx 550 or corsair gs600 if want total modular so RM550 will do the work gold rated


That bad eh? I got it for free and would prefer to save the money. Im sorry im new, could you explain why that isnt a good choice a little better?
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March 20, 2014 10:38:39 AM

this PSU is known for underwattage and cheap capacitors which is a threat to your system . . and your GPU requires good power so thats why recommend upgrade .. .
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March 20, 2014 10:41:58 AM

STACKS ON DECK said:
this PSU is known for underwattage and cheap capacitors which is a threat to your system . . and your GPU requires good power so thats why recommend upgrade .. .


Thank you, I will upgrade to the FXF. like a couple of you have said.
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March 20, 2014 10:42:44 AM

thats nice . . happy gaming
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March 20, 2014 10:51:54 AM

Yup, corsair cx series is made using chinese capacitors whereas XFX is made using seasonic OEM, which are the best in the industry. Corsair originally got their current good reputation by using seasonic OEM parts but they only do that on specific high end models now and use CWT (Chinese company, makes some bad psus) for their budget line psu

Also 430w is really cutting it close for the gpu. Only one I would recommend on a 430 would be the 750 ti (low power usage) but the 760 is much better in terms of performance.
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March 20, 2014 12:29:28 PM

numanator said:
Yup, corsair cx series is made using chinese capacitors whereas XFX is made using seasonic OEM, which are the best in the industry. Corsair originally got their current good reputation by using seasonic OEM parts but they only do that on specific high end models now and use CWT (Chinese company, makes some bad psus) for their budget line psu

Also 430w is really cutting it close for the gpu. Only one I would recommend on a 430 would be the 750 ti (low power usage) but the 760 is much better in terms of performance.


Sweet. Thank you for the information. I will be upgrading to the XFX TS 550W. http:// < The link works.
I hope that looks better for you guys.
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March 20, 2014 1:13:13 PM

Looks good. Enjoy!
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