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Will this gaming machine do ok? Need quick advice!

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May 26, 2014 7:59:19 PM



Case - 49.99(79.99 before discount)
APEVIA X-TELSTAR-JR G-Type X-TSJGT-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU - 159.99(199.99 before discount)
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

Mobo - 84.99(109.99 before discount)
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU - 149.99(169.99 before discount)
PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DHEV2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM - 76.50(84.99 before discount)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL8D-8GBXM

Power Supply - 49.99(79.99 before discount)
Thermaltake SMART Series SP-550PCBUS 550W ATX 12V 2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power

SSD - 74.99(99.99 before discount)
Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD1

CD Drive - 21.99
SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224DB/RSBS

Wireless Adapter - 9.99(21.99 before discount)
Rosewill RNX-N150PCe (RNWD-11011) IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCIe 2.0 Wireless Adapter Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA/WPA2

Does everything look ok? Is there anything else that I can do to bring cost down without dropping performance? Been working on this all day and some input would be great before I hit the buy button!

Thanks for your time,
Freek

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May 26, 2014 8:21:51 PM

Okay here are some concerns/considerations:

* CPU would be more balanced if you bought the FX 8320 (if you want to stick with 8 cores) or even the FX 6300 to save some $.
* Mobo is probably on the low end for an 8 core CPU, so you might consider some other options.
* RAM should be at least 1600 mHz w/stock voltage of 1.5v and CAS latency of 9 or better (lower number 8, 7, etc.).
* I'm not sure about Thermaltakes PSU's, but I generally stick with Corsair, Seasonic, PCP&C, Antec, or XFX for quality PSU's.
* Apevia doesn't usually have too many good cases, but I know Corsair 200R is a pretty solid option and is usually around $40-60 depending on the week.
* Your GPU is good, but you have too much CPU and not enough GPU (if gaming is your desired use of this system). I would opt for the FX 6300 w/at least the R9 280/R9 280x if that still fits your budget.
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