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June 4, 2014 10:32:18 AM

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.
June 4, 2014 10:41:58 AM

Hey,

The motherboard you have might be ok, bu this one is cheaper and better.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I get one of these PSU instead to.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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-r...

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

Edit: I'm guessing you have spare RAM to use in this build?
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June 4, 2014 10:47:08 AM

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)
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June 4, 2014 10:51:53 AM

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.
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June 4, 2014 10:53:24 AM

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=N82E168...

I get one of these PSU instead to.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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-r...

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

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.
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June 4, 2014 10:56:53 AM

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 :) 
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June 4, 2014 10:58:34 AM

@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.

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June 4, 2014 10:59:05 AM

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!
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June 4, 2014 11:01:59 AM

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)
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June 4, 2014 11:03:51 AM

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
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June 4, 2014 11:23:56 AM

Hey, just noticed that you took a different motherboard.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ag...
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)
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