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Building my first PC, need confirmation that everything works properly

As a graduation gift, my family offered to pay for my new computer. I told them it wouldn't be much more than $700 and I would like to know if the parts I picked out were compatible with each other. I'm not sure if it's optimized either, so any recommendations would be helpful.

A friend told me to use this website to find parts, and this is the build I picked out:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NfBfhM

Hopefully everything checks out okay. Thank you in advance.
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  1. Hey,

    The motherboard you have might be ok, bu this one is cheaper and better.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128651&cm_re=GA-970A-UD3p-_-13-128-651-_-Product

    I get one of these PSU instead to.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438012
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    You should add a cpu cooler to that build since you have a CPU that can get hot. This one is recommended most
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2

    I'd pick up 1 or 2 of these instead of that HDD
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003

    Edit: I'm guessing you have spare RAM to use in this build?
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case: Raidmax ATX-502WUU ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $692.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 13:51 EDT-0400)
  3. I would avoid Raidmax PSU.

    Instead, consider Rosewill Hive 650w modular or an XFX 550-650w unit.. They are usually a good quality budget PSU option.
  4. jaraldo said:
    Hey,

    The motherboard you have might be ok, bu this one is cheaper and better.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128651&cm_re=GA-970A-UD3p-_-13-128-651-_-Product

    I get one of these PSU instead to.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438012
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    You should add a cpu cooler to that build since you have a CPU that can get hot. This one is recommended most
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2

    I'd pick up 1 or 2 of these instead of that HDD
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003

    Edit: I'm guessing you have spare RAM to use in this build?


    Yeah, the computer I currently use has 12GB of DDR-3 RAM. I'm not sure what the exact specifications are, nor the brand, but I was told that they would work in most desktop computers.
  5. If it's ddr3 it will work. If you wanted to get a r9 270x or a 7850 for the GPU they are all similar in spec. Whichever you can find cheaper :)
  6. @OP You haven't added any memory, you'll need that. And the FX 8320 is a good alternative to save some money, you'll still have plenty of cores in the games that use them all e.g BF4 or Watch Dogs.
  7. jaraldo said:
    If it's ddr3 it will work. If you wanted to get a r9 270x or a 7850 for the GPU they are all similar in spec. Whichever you can find cheaper :)


    A friend that I just spoke to recommended that I should change the GPU as well, so I went and did that. This is what it's looking like so far:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mLQCD3

    Thanks for the help so far!
  8. Better Motherboard and PSU

    You left off RAM and CPU cooler, so I added those

    FX 8320 has nearly the same OC potential as an FX 8350 with this cooler

    Added a decent GPU, though I'd try to swing an R9 270/270x if you can afford that.

    Case stays the same.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vDWndC

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax ATX-502WUU ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $720.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 14:01 EDT-0400)
  9. Best answer
    hehe, I think you gotta take that build, especially when you are at 699.75 :D , that's a good feeling! Looks good to me. Many people would recommend the r9 270 anyways
  10. Hey, just noticed that you took a different motherboard.
    https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgN1D79Joo7tdE9xMUFlMEVWeFhuckJEVF9aMmtpUFE&gid=3
    As long as you don't overclock with the DS3P it will be fine.

    The one I recommended had 8+2 VRM/Phase Count which put simply means less chance of overheating. Your system should be alright with that CPU cooler. They are pretty similar otherwise.

    I modified your build a bit so you could have the better motherboard while keeping everything the same. I prefer 1tb hard drives personally, but there is nothing wrong with the 2tb. I'm not sure how much room you need, but you could add a 120gb SSD for $80 and just have one 1TB HDD
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.97 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($152.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax ATX-502WUU ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $677.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 14:22 EDT-0400)
  11. IMO i wouldn't pay $179.99 for a GTX 660, when you can get a AMD R7 265 for $139.99 that isn't far behind it.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JJNQ8ZA/?tag=pcpapi-20
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