Custom PC Build System Check, AMD FX-8350, Asus M5A97, Kingston *GB DDR3, CoolMax 600W ATX PSU, Radeon R7 240 2GB Video Card

Approximate Purchase Date:
Within this Next Month

Budget Range:
$500-$600 After Shipping w/o Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Multitasking, Web Development, Some Gaming, OS Virtualization (through VMWare) Graphic Design

Are you buying a monitor:

Parts to Upgrade:
I am upgrading everything (New Build from Scratch), so the parts I'm looking at for this build are as follows:

Parts I'm Buying Now:
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler
MOBO: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
RAM: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM (I already own this one and will use it until I upgrade)
PSU: CoolMax 600W ATX Power Supply
Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F8 31.0 CFM 80mm Fan

Parts I'll Upgrade to In the Future:
RAM: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (I'm going to buy another one and upgrade to 16GB)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (I plan to buy this later as well)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 240 2GB Video Card

Do you need to buy OS:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,,,, and accreditate sites like these (chain stores like BestBuy are okay too)

Sterling, CO, USA 80751

Parts Preferences:
AMD Processor
Min 8GB Ram

Maybe far along down the road, but probably not anytime soon

SLI or Crossfire:
I believe the motherboard supports Crossfire

Your Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments:
I want to use this computer for Multitasking (basic Word processing, browsing, research, school, etc) as well as Web Development and Software Enginneering. I also would like to use it to play games and some photoshop/graphic design on the side.

Software that I Use:
Adobe Creative Sweet
Microsoft Office
VMWare Tools

Games I Play:
The Call of Duty Series
NBA Live 2014

Why Are You Upgrading:
My Asus K53E laptop got stolen and I decided I wanted to give building a desktop a shot instead of buying another laptop.

Link for Parts:
This link has all of the parts I was looking at in one location:

My Question:
This is my first ever attempt at a build, so I just wanted to make sure that this configuration will all work together smoothly. I want this thing to run very smoothly while doing my programming stuff and I would like to be able to run games at decent settings. Also, are there any upgrades that I could use or downgrades that could save me money without losing power? Thanks
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  1. There is 4 RAM slots so get 2x4 GB for better performance.
    That's the worst Graphics card for Gaming, that one is made for PC's without Integrated Graphics.
    Use a 6300 instead or get an AMD Athlon.
  2. I would definitely not use an Athlon, as an Athlon uses the FM2 socket. The only good CPUs for an FM2 socket are the Richland A-series APUs and the Athlon X4 7xx CPUs. a FX-63xx is probably a better choice.

  3. Note that the FX 8350 doesn't have integrated graphics so even if you bought the parts now, you would still need a video card to display an output. For your budget, an apu can be used or an Athlon II 750k with a better gpu( like a 750ti / R7 265 / R9 270)
  4. Don't get that card, even a Pentium Dual Core will give better results with a better card than the 8350 and that card. Downgrade to 8320 or 6300 and get a better card.
  5. the 6300 is a great cpu and if your experienced and have a good cooler it can overclock well. i would get a 760 if you can afford your budget as i like nvidia better
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