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July 6, 2014 1:24:44 PM

I currently have an hp pavilion p6754y and I've upgraded the PSU and added a video card and some more memory. I figured why keep upgrading this setup when i can just create my own. I've done a lot of research so far, and I have a decent understanding of building computers, but I just want some other opinions my setup so far. I'm building this on a budget and I will not buy it all at once.

Corsair seems to be a quality brand and this case had a nice look to it, as well as fitting into a space I have built in a shelf. This case has several other spots for more fans, where would i get these fans?

Video Card:
I'm not sure on the quality of MSI, but this seems to be a great card for a low price. The memory on it is GDDR5, does that have to be compatible with anything else in the computer?

Once again i chose Corsair. I don't feel like I need any more than 8gb of memory, so two 4gb cards should work fine, and the have the red heat pipes that match the red led light on the case.

I was going to get a similar motherboard at half the price of this one to save my budget but i chose this one because it has crossfire capabilities. I currently have a Radeon R7 250 in my HP, and wanted to put it in my new build to boost performance a bit (plus I wouldn't have to buy a more expensive video card).

It fits with the motherboards socket, and is a newer processor for a low price. I'm not too sure on the performance though, would a better processor be needed at all? Should I get an aftermarket heat sink?

PSU: I have not chosen one yet, because i don't know what the correct wattage would be. I would prefer a module PSU to minimize the amount of cables in the case. What would be the correct wattage for this build? Does the PSU need to be crossfire compatible?

Storage: I will most likely take out the Seagate 1tb hard drive from my current computer and put in into the new one.

My last questions, I do not know what overclocking is exactly, could someone explain it to me?

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July 6, 2014 2:17:54 PM

Well it's not a bad build. But you can tweak it a bit.
Instead of the GA-990FXA-UD3 get the GA-970A-D3P
You will save money and use it for a better graphics card.

Something like a 270X is what you should be aiming for. It's better than the 750ti.

For the power supply go for a Seasonic M12II 520W, it's modular and has enough power for you system

Don't forget a cooler. Cooler Master Hyper212 Evo is a good cooler

Your ram heatspreaders are too tall for the cooler i mentioned above, look for the low profile edition of that ram

a c 148 V Motherboard
a b 4 Gaming
a b à CPUs
a b U Graphics card
a b } Memory
July 6, 2014 2:20:30 PM

And overclocking is boosting your CPU(or gpu or memory) by modifying their clock rates and voltages. By overclocking you will gain performance, but overclocking has it's issues too. When overclocking the component will become hot and you need a good cooler for that. Also when OCing you are doing something that's not guaranteed to work by the manufacturers. I'm not scaring you but OC'ing must be done correctly.