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Advice needed: First Build - Budget Gaming PC (inc. FX-8320 + MSI GTX760 - OR - R9 280)

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June 13, 2014 2:46:45 PM

Please help me decide on my final component list.

I'm pretty much a newbie... but after a considerable amount of research I've come up with this:

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/4m4BhM


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£101.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.28 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£68.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£193.60 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.11 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.84 @ Dabs)
Total: £585.76
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-14 00:13 BST+0100


Basically I need any advice that I can get from experienced builders as to whether the list above meshes well together and is it good bang-for-buck?

Does it provide a measure of future proofing at all?

Please feel free to give alternative suggestions, looking forward to getting your input =]


Edit: I can't decide wether to get a GTX760 or a R9 280... or which specific brand of the two. Please help @_@

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a b 4 Gaming
June 13, 2014 2:57:12 PM

It is a good budget build. I wouldn't recommend the Corsair CX series though. A Seasoniv or XFX power supply would be a better choice.
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June 13, 2014 3:07:38 PM

terry4536 said:
It is a good budget build. I wouldn't recommend the Corsair CX series though. A Seasoniv or XFX power supply would be a better choice.



Thanks for the tip!

Out of all the parts I listed the PSU + Mobo + Case are the items I feel least confident about....

That and whether I should spend more on CPU and get an 8 core. Wether or not it would have any noticeable effect gaming at 1080p I have no idea =/


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a b 4 Gaming
June 13, 2014 3:18:35 PM

They are fine. That is always the question. Should I get the more expensive processor? Set your budget, and then go back and look what's available for $50 -100 more.
It is relatively easy to upgrade now as opposed to later.
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June 13, 2014 3:25:14 PM

Thanks Terry

Any other changes you would make apart from PSU? =]
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a b 4 Gaming
June 13, 2014 3:32:23 PM

If it were my build, I would bump up the RAM to CL9 1866 or faster.
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