Concerns on making my new PC, help please!

I've been looking into making a computer for a while and now I have the money to do it please tell me what you think of the stuff i am looking into and your concerns thank you in advanced!

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

LOGISYS Computer PS575XBK 575W ATX12V SLI Ready Power Supply

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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  1. What is the purpose of your build? If it is gaming, i urge you to consider an intel build as they blow the AMD processors out of the water.

    Also, that PSU is not a very stron model. It is not certified and has no PFC.

    what is your total budget for your build?
  2. my total build budget is 700$ and i am doing video rendering and gaming are my plans mostly rendering tho.
  3. My first thought is to ditch the psu quick and get a quality 600+ watt psu. The second thought is to junk the amd rig altogether. An ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 and a Core i3 2120 or 2125 and save 30 bucks towards a better psu
  4. Because you included a strong graphics card, let me assume your primary purpose is gaming.

    1) Games rarely use more than 2 or 3 cores, so an 8 core cpu is largely wasted. That, coupled with the poorer performance per core from amd, makes then a poor choice for gaming.
    Read this article, and particularly look at cpu intensive games like starcraft:,3120-6.html

    2) DO NOT use a cheap psu. It will not deliver the power it advertises, and if it fails, it can damage other components.
    Stick with a known quality brand like Corsair, XFX, Antec, Seasonic, or PC P&C.
    Here is a corsair 500w unit for $40 after rebate. If you look at the specs, it delivers 34a on the 12v rails, which is where you need it.
    The logisys 575w unit only delivers 25a!
  5. I was hoping on at least a quad core processor if possible. And any advice or suggestions for the new mobo and psu?
  6. The AMD CPU seems to be better for video rendering and worse for gaming than the i5 2500k/i5-2600k, so since you mentioned you are mostly rendering, go with the bulldozer chip.

    Switch the PSU for: you don't want to put your brand new machine in jeopardy by providing it with the unreliable power provided by the model you selected. That puts you over budget a little, but the stability and reliability of this PSU would be better than the alternative. Are you set on your case? Have an old computer you could rob of the optical driver or hard drive?
  7. so just upgrade my psu to a corsair psu and i should be ok?
  8. Sort of. when i look at a psu for myself, i look for one that is 80+ Certified Bronze or higher, and that has active PFC. These two things signify that the PSU is reliable when put under full load for long periods and that it is efficient. I myself prefer corsair, but if you find a good deal on a psu, Seasonic and Antec are good as well.
  9. that extra little bit for that isn't truly going to hurt me that bad i thank you for your advice i think my build should be alright with that corsair psu. at least i hope....
  10. The corsair PSUs have never let me down once. :) enjoy your new machine.
  11. I thank everyone for there input, it is greatly appreciated!
  12. Nice choice on the case. If you do it right, they have great cable management. Definitely agree with the stronger power supply. I once fried a board with a cheap power supply. If you are going to OC, maybe put a hyper 212 cooler in there for a little more.
  13. Maybe one other thing to do, maybe look at a smaller hard drive and pick up an ssd for a boot drive.
  14. OC'ing will not be necessary for me and I fell much safer now with the trusted PSU. The case looks sweat in my opinion as well and I am a little obsessive about my cable management... which led me to this case....
  15. You will love the case, I got mine from a friend used for 45 and I love it. It looks like a tank though. But tons of room. Lots of room on the back panel to run cabling.
  16. :) glad we could help!
  17. ok,you guys are not paying attention. He said he wants to do rendering. In that case more cores=better rendering times. And the benchmarks between the new fx model and the i3 are soo slim, it's not even funny. Go ahead and get the amd 8 core or 6 core fx model. Your graphics card will make up for the 3 frames that were lost to your cpu
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