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New Custom Build Questions From A Rookie Builder

I'm new to the PC building game and I'd like some advice!

I recently decided to build my own desktop for gaming/online and video entertainment, and I went to work doing research and building up a list of components i wanted/felt were appropriate. My real question is, do the parts I want fit well together, and if not, what should I change? My budget right now is $700, and this list meets that budget.

Tower:
Thermaltake Chaser Series A31 VP300A1W2N Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard:
ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 USB 3.0 HDMI uATX AMD

CPU:
AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX

GPU:
MSI R9 270 GAMING 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM:
CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMY16GX3M2A1866C9R (Red)

Hard Drive:
Western Digital WD AV-GP WD10EURX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM

I already have a Raidmax ATX12V power box I pulled off of an old computer. I found all these components on Newegg.com, and these are the item descriptions pull directly from the website.

In advance, I really appreciate any and all advice you guys are willing to take your time to give me!! Don't be too hard on me if I've made any rookie mistakes, haha. Thanks a ton!!!!

-Pyro-
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  1. I really need to caution you against using the Raidmax PSU's. They are a tear 4 PSU and can die really quickly because of poor quality. I have one as a spare that I picked up for testing PSU's with. They work but can cause bigger issues if they die.

    all the parts are compatible but do not forget you will need an OS also. Do you have an Optical drive to install programs with?
  2. bgunner said:
    I really need to caution you against using the Raidmax PSU's. They are a tear 4 PSU and can die really quickly because of poor quality. I have one as a spare that I picked up for testing PSU's with. They work but can cause bigger issues if they die.

    all the parts are compatible but do not forget you will need an OS also. Do you have an Optical drive to install programs with?


    Thanks for the quick relpy! As far as OS, i am planning and getting Windows 7.
    And as fars as the Optical drive, i hope you mean the cd-drive, because in all my research, i never heard that term.
    But yes, i do have one. it is from the same computer i pulled the PCU off of. I cant find any model number, but it does say X Series, and it is an ASUSTeK product.

    Thanks Again
  3. I very suggest that you should get a better GPU. I think you should drop one of your RAMs to 8 GBs and get a better card, like GTX 770 or R9 280X, (or even a better one if you can afford). You wouldn't need that much of RAM running unless you're doing some serious audio/video editing which you will also need a better graphic card anyway. You can buy another RAM when you got some bucks but you can't change your GPU because it's an expensive part of your PC.

    I think other parts are Okay! :) (except this power supply thing that this guy said, I have no Idea about it, but you should get a good one)

    update: typo, lol
  4. phoenixsb5 said:
    I very suggest that you should get a better GPU. I think you should drop one of your RAMs to 8 GBs and get a better card, like GTX 770 or R9 280X, (or even a better one if you can afford). You wouldn't need that much of RAM running unless you're doing some serious audio/video editing which you will also need a better graphic card anyway. You can buy another RAM when you got some bucks but you can't change your GPU because it's an expensive part of your PC.

    I think other parts are Okay! :) (except this power supply thing that this guy said, I have no Idea about it, but you should get a good one)

    update: typo, lol


    Thanks for the tip, i really wasn't sure about the RAM, but i figured why not? :P but yes, i probably will drop to 8 GBs, and I'm already looking for a better power supply. And i probably will try to upgrade the GPU to one of those now that you've mentioned it. :)

    Thanks Again
  5. Best answer
    PyrotekOTC said:
    bgunner said:
    I really need to caution you against using the Raidmax PSU's. They are a tear 4 PSU and can die really quickly because of poor quality. I have one as a spare that I picked up for testing PSU's with. They work but can cause bigger issues if they die.

    all the parts are compatible but do not forget you will need an OS also. Do you have an Optical drive to install programs with?


    Thanks for the quick relpy! As far as OS, i am planning and getting Windows 7.
    And as fars as the Optical drive, i hope you mean the cd-drive, because in all my research, i never heard that term.
    But yes, i do have one. it is from the same computer i pulled the PCU off of. I cant find any model number, but it does say X Series, and it is an ASUSTeK product.

    Thanks Again


    Yes I did mean the DVD/CD-drive. because it uses an eye to optically (visually) read the disk its technical term is Optical drive. Hey something new you learned today. LOL :lol:
  6. Well guys, thanks for all the tips. I changed up some stuff and now I've got everything i need for my new rig.
    As far as what i changed and whats the same:

    Tower: Same

    Motherboard: Same

    CPU: Same

    GPU:
    SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100363VX-2SR Radeon R9 280X PCI Express 3.0 TRI-X OC w/ Boost Video Card (UEFI)

    RAM:
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9B

    Hard Drive: Same

    PCU:
    LEPA MaxBron B450-MB 450W ATX CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    OS:
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    Optical Drive:
    Generic (its works haha)

    The only problem now is I've gone way over my budget, but thats okay, I'm in no big rush to make this build happen.
    Funny thing too is that this whole build seems to be color coordinated, and not on purpose LOL

    Thanks Again!

    -Pyro-
  7. Swap the ram to G.Skill Ripjaws X and you will get a much better set of ram with more OCing potential. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455

    The cost difference is $7.00

    I would not Buy that PSU either! besides My GPU requires a 550W minimum PSU and the 280X needs more power due to its higher clock speeds. they are the same card and can crossfire together.

    best to look for a 550w to 600w PSU.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016 <--- bad suggestion see below for reason.

    EDIT: this PSU wont work either Because your selected GPU needs 2 8 pin PCI-e power connectors. your looking at adding about another 20-30 dollars for the proper PSU you need.
  8. bgunner said:
    Swap the ram to G.Skill Ripjaws X and you will get a much better set of ram with more OCing potential. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455

    The cost difference is $7.00

    I would not Buy that PSU either! besides My GPU requires a 550W minimum PSU and the 280X needs more power due to its higher clock speeds. they are the same card and can crossfire together.

    best to look for a 550w to 600w PSU.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016


    Okay, thanks for the heads up, I'll definitely replace the RAM. and i guess i just have terrible choice in PSU's lol.
  9. XFX, Seasonic, Antec, Corsair execpt the CX series are all good brands.
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