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This is the first time i am trying to build a new Gaming PC. i am not very sure if the parts I have chosen would work for this particular build and also if i need to replace any of the parts.
Here is the list:
1) Processor-- AMD FX-8350 with stock fan
2) Motherboard-- MSI Extreme Gaming AMD 970 AM3+ DDR3 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (970A GAMING PRO CARBON)
3) Memory-- Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB DDR4-2133
4) Graphics Processing Unit-- EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC GAMING ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5X, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 08G-P4-6183-KR
5) Storage (SSD)-- SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB SSD SATA III
6) Storage (HDD)-- WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX)
7) Power Supply-- CORSAIR CXM series CX650M 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
8) Case-- NZXT S340 Elite ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Matte Black/Red (CA-S340W-B4)
9) Cooler-- NZXT Kraken X61 280mm All-in-One CPU Liquid Cooling System (RL-KRX61-01)
10) Optical Drive-- Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
11) Operating system-- Windows 10 Pro
12) Wifi Card- Rosewill 802.11N, N300 PCI Express Wireless Adapter/Wi-Fi Adapter/Network Card (RNX-N250PCe)
i hope that the community would be able to advise me on the best choices. Do note that I am on budget and do not expect to have any high-end Gaming Parts.
I also have not chose my monitor, mouse and keyboard. Would greatly appreciate if you guys can recommend me a good monitor, Mouse and keyboard. ( Budget of $450 -500) on this area.

Again,thanks for the help guys.
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    Your CPU is very weak and is outperformed by newer i3s
    Pairing it with a 1080 is just wasting money in all directions.

    You'd want at least an Intel i5 or an AMD Ryzen 5 for that build (with an according Motherboard & DDR4 RAM, also note that the ram you've picked is DDR4, which the old FX CPUs don't support)

    If you're on a budget (which is weird choosing such a high end GPU) drop down to a GTX1070 or if you're still limited budgetwise to a GTX1060 / Rx580

    Unless Win10 Pro costs the same as Win10 Home, go for the home edition. Pro is a waste of money for the most part.

    Instead of the 650W CXM, the 550W will do (do not get the 500W or 600W though, older way worse design)

    Hope that was somewhat helpful
  2. Isokolon said:
    Your CPU is very weak and is outperformed by newer i3s
    Pairing it with a 1080 is just wasting money in all directions.

    You'd want at least an Intel i5 or an AMD Ryzen 5 for that build (with an according Motherboard & DDR4 RAM, also note that the ram you've picked is DDR4, which the old FX CPUs don't support)

    If you're on a budget (which is weird choosing such a high end GPU) drop down to a GTX1070 or if you're still limited budgetwise to a GTX1060 / Rx580

    Unless Win10 Pro costs the same as Win10 Home, go for the home edition. Pro is a waste of money for the most part.

    Instead of the 650W CXM, the 550W will do (do not get the 500W or 600W though, older way worse design)

    Hope that was somewhat helpful


    This is my new updated list of items, im still not sure about the wifi card and if the mother board ius compatible with all the parts that i have chosen. please help to advise again.
    Also, i ask of you to advise me on what keyboard(preferably mechanical) , mouse and monitor to get based on my budget of ($450-$500)
    One last thing would be to check the cooler, im not sure if this is the best choice or should i go with the standard fan based cooler. im afraid of the fan base cooler due to the thermal paste. From what i understand, ill have to apply it when building the PC, however im not sure if i have to regularly apply the thermal paste and if i apply it wrongly, would it kill my computer.

    1) Processor-- AMD YD170XBCAEWOF Ryzen 7 1700X Processor
    2) Motherboard-- ASUS PRIME X370-PRO Motherboard
    3) Memory-- Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB DDR4-2133
    4) Graphics Processing Unit-- EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition, 8GB GDDR5, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) 08G-P4-5173-KR
    5) Storage (SSD)-- SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB SSD SATA III
    6) Storage (HDD)-- WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX)
    7) Power Supply--CORSAIR CXM series CX550M 550W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
    8) Case-- NZXT S340 Elite ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Matte Black/Red (CA-S340W-B4)
    9) Cooler-- NZXT Kraken X61 280mm All-in-One CPU Liquid Cooling System (RL-KRX61-01)
    10) Optical Drive-- Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
    11) Operating system-- Windows 10 Home
    12) Wifi Card- Rosewill 802.11N, N300 PCI Express Wireless Adapter/Wi-Fi Adapter/Network Card (RNX-N250PCe)

    Thanks for your help!
  3. The 280mm kraken cooler is a beast for highest overclocks

    But probably severe overkill. The stock cooler is sufficient.

    Applying thermal compound is actually pretty easy. Put a drop of it on the center of the cooling surface and mount the cooler on the CPU. Just don't use too much. It's actually not too hard.

    Thermal compound should be renewed every few years. But honestly I renew it like all 5-6 years and haven't had any troubles with that.

    For a Ryzen build, I'd suggest you get DDR4-3000 RAM instead of the 2133MHz you've picked.
  4. Yeah the guy above is right, the Kraken is overkill... The stock cooler should be alright.

    And yeah thermal compound "should" be renewed every few years but it really doesnt, I have an old computer with an old processor, its had its orignal paste for about.. 8 or more years and havent had ANY problems with it.

    Definitely, go for higher speed ram if you are using Ryzen, its alright if you have the 2133MHz ram but it would most likely be better with 3000.
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