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Need help with my parts choices for my first pc build please !

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May 25, 2014 11:17:46 AM

I am building my first pc but i have no idea if my choice of parts will work or if any of the parts could be cheaper ! can some take a look

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3QCF1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3QCF1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3QCF1/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.72 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£45.59 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£57.46 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£45.19 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.50 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£168.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.26 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.94 @ Dabs)
Total: £714.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-25 19:14 BST+0100)

My budget was 650 quid so if any of the parts are overkill feel free to mention.
cheers !!

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May 25, 2014 11:50:19 AM

For this build budget, I'd drop the SSD out of the build completely. Allows you to spend more money on what you'll notice performance wise the most, like the video card and a better motherboard chipset so you can overclock easier.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.72 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD65 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£79.58 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£57.79 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card (£203.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£63.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.84 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter (£7.91 @ Aria PC)
Total: £704.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-25 19:49 BST+0100)
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May 25, 2014 12:03:15 PM

When i was looking at performance tests etc there was not much difference at all between the gtx 760 video card and the 280x so i wasnt too bothered. Also i would like my pc to have an ssd because it will also be my pc for general use with programmes for studying etc.
But i do think i need to upgrade the motherboard.
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May 25, 2014 12:11:38 PM

Nah, for the budget the SSD is just something that is costing too much money. The only thing you'll notice is a decrease in load times or access times with programs that are installed onto the SSD instead of the HDD. So, 2 seconds for an access vs. 6? Not worth the money spent. I'm not sure what benchmarks you were looking at, but at 1080p the 280x is quite a bit better than the 760. Here is a review site and links for the 760 you wanted, and an equivalent 280x that uses the same benchmarks and hardware to test them out: 760: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_... and 280x: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/R9_280X_Gaming/1...

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May 25, 2014 3:02:53 PM

I do think that a ssd makes a difference so a system with a nice motherboard and still a ssd,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.72 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£68.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£50.15 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.58 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£168.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£62.69 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.69 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.94 @ Dabs)
Total: £749.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-25 22:55 BST+0100)

you could make the totall a bit less by using the next psu,not as good as the xfx,but it should do fine,
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-power-su...

The next ssd should be fine too,
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/mushkin-internal-hard-d...
the m500 might be better,but chances are that in real life you won't notice the difference in performance.

The corsair 300r would save some pounds too.

If you want a better gpu instead of the ssd is that of course up to you.
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May 25, 2014 9:20:47 PM

Get the Corsair 300R rather than the Design R4 like Vic40 said, it is a lot cheaper and it does not look bad at all.
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May 26, 2014 3:26:31 AM

Ive changed my build having taken things into consideration. How does this sound:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3R8v1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3R8v1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/3R8v1/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.72 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£47.48 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£57.46 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Mushkin 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£43.19 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.50 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£228.00 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.26 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£83.00 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.94 @ Dabs)
Total: £735.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-26 11:26 BST+0100)
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May 26, 2014 3:45:33 AM

To me the motherboard is the wrong choice.The psu also.

I would go for this if you want performance like a gtx 770,i chose the r9 280X for the lesser price/to keep it under £750,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.72 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£68.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£56.99 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Mushkin 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£43.19 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£40.58 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card (£203.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case (£64.13 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Fractal Design Integra R2 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.79 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.69 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.94 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £747.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-26 11:39 BST+0100)

With a case that has a window would i like to match the motherboard and ram for color,but that's me.

I would also go for windows 8,have it and have had no problems (not entirely true,a few driver issues,but by now should most things have drivers for it).I see a lot of stuff about 8.1.Also is there the update that you can do from w8->w8.1.With all of this is it the cheaper option as well.

I think that at least the motherboard in my build is worth the extra money.
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May 26, 2014 10:19:56 PM

By the way OP, an SSD is pretty much just to run stuff faster and isn't needed.
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