Input on a Custom Build (Light Gaming)

-Howdy all and happy Monday. I put together this build from Newegg and was curious on any thoughts from the community. I want to make sure a couple things on this that i know y'all can help with.

#1: Will all this stuff fit the case and work together.

#2: Am i missing a better/more efficient choice for my money?

I want to stick with AMD processor, the rest is flexible. Thanks in advance, have a good one.

CPU: AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz (4.0GHz) Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor
Motherboard: ASRock 960GC-GS FX AM3+/AM3/AM2+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Storage: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250KW 2.5" TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100364L Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: Rosewill CAPSTONE-450 450W, 80 PLUS GOLD
Optical Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM
Monitor: ASUS VE278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD
Total: $1,191.89 (NewEgg)
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  1. You definitely want an fx-8320 (at least an fx-6300) and a better motherboard.
  2. Best answer
    This is what I would do:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($86.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($233.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.74 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VE278Q 27.0" Monitor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1161.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-05 20:33 EDT-0400)
  3. -Thanks for the input.

    Is the 450W power supply in my first post enough power? I want to stick with Gold or Platinum certified PS if at all possible, that one looked like a good deal.

    Thanks again.

  4. For that system you would want 550w minimum. FYI the gold/platinum rating is referring to the efficiency of the power supply from the wall through the psu so all a higher rating does is save you some money on the electric bill. I usually stick with XFX or Seasonic for quality but you wouldn't find a gold rated 550w for them under $80 or so.
  5. -Yep, i'm familiar enough with the ratings to know what they do, i prefer to not consume quite so much energy where i can save it.

    Thanks for the help, much obliged. Just got notice of a little bonus coming at work, looks like i've already got it spent!

  6. No problem, actually found a semi-modular 550w gold seasonic for about $80
  7. -Hmm, the PCPartpicker link above states something about incompatibility. Should i look for a different case or does it look fine?

    Maybe someday i'll stop asking silly questions.

  8. The first possible incompatibility is support on the 970 board for the fx series CPUs, I have already double checked on the board and the fx-8320 is officially supported out of the box so there should be no problems there (no need for a bios update before the cpu will run).

    The second is that the Antec three hundred Illusion doesn't have a front USB 3 port but the motherboard has a connection for a front USB 3. IF you want a fron USB 3 port then you should consider a different case, otherwise it doesn't matter.

    The third is just saying that they don't know if the cooler will fit in the case (that message is always there for coolers). Everything I have read indicates that the Antec 300 Illusion has enough space for the CM 212 Evo
  9. -Awesome, your input is appreciated.

  10. No Problem, enjoy your build!
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