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(UK) About the pull the trigger on my first build, any last minute changes I can make to save money/improve performance?

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May 30, 2014 7:19:55 PM

So I'm about to order the parts to my first gaming-oriented build. I have a £955 budget (includes the build, monitor, keyboard and mouse) and I am currently hitting £937.24.

Here is my part list for the build, with the prices from the respective merchants -

AMD FX-8350 (£133.69 Amazon UK)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler (£25.76 Amazon UK)
MSI 990FXA-GD65 Motherboard (£79.98 Ebuyer)
G-Skill Ares 8GB RAM (£63.61 Amazon UK)
MSI Radeon R9 280X Twin Frozr (£221.60 Scan w/Scansure)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD (£43.05 Amazon UK)
Aerocool Strike-X GT Case (£49.99 Amazon UK)
Corsair CX 600W Builder Series 80+ Power Supply ( £47.90 Amazon UK)
Samsung SH-224DB DVD Drive (£10.84 Amazon UK)

Total = £676.42 + £260.82 for peripherals/monitor

Some points to justify some of my choices -

I will be looking to overclock in the near future once I get settled in with the PC, but I want higher performance in the meantime, before I actually overclock. So that's why I'm going for the fx-8350 as opposed to the 8320.

I'm going for the MSI 990FXA MoBo for the two 16x PCI slots, because I may buy another 280x in the future, if certain games become more demanding. I can replace the PSU when the time comes, but I'd rather have a capable MoBo beforehand. I don't know how it handles overclocking, so I could use some advice in that department.

As for the case, I know there are better options out there. But I LOVE the look of the Strike-X GT, plus the Red LEDs/Design matches my keyboard backlight and mouse.


All in all, I just want to know if this build will be 100% good to go and if there are any other options (within budget) that I can change to better my build.

Thanks in advance!
May 30, 2014 7:42:37 PM

You should be good to go except the psu. It has cheap capacitors. I would recommend a XFX PSU instead
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May 30, 2014 7:52:55 PM

sonny8888 said:
You should be good to go except the psu. It has cheap capacitors. I would recommend a XFX PSU instead


Would an XFX 550w be enough if I decided to overclock? PartPicker is telling me I'll have a 484w output without OCing - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/HhkprH
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May 30, 2014 9:51:26 PM

Probably you might want to get a 650W-750W PSU just to be safe. In that case, i would recommend a Evga SuperNOVA 750G PSU
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May 31, 2014 6:33:53 AM

sonny8888 said:
Probably you might want to get a 650W-750W PSU just to be safe. In that case, i would recommend a Evga SuperNOVA 750G PSU


I don't want to go over my budget - I'll need a PSU for around £50, unless I can save money in another place.
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June 3, 2014 6:32:02 PM

I guess I'm a little late to the party.

Anyways, I suggest Corsair PSU's. They have good value for the price.
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