Building a machine, can someone review my specs

Hello all,

I'm building my first PC from parts and was hoping someone could double check my parts list for me and let me know if I'm going down a wrong path, or if it looks ok.

This will be a desktop that I plan on running Windows Server 2012 on and using Hyper-V to run virtual machines on. I'm most concerned with the CPU, Motherboard, and RAM.


CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX

MBoard: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-1333C9Q-32GAO

Video: EVGA 01G-P3-1302-LR GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power: LOGISYS Computer PS575XBK 575W ATX12V SLI Ready Power

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
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    Having never built or run a server I have little to contribute. Having reserched the crap out of power supplies, I do have this though... Dump the Logisys PSU. Your PSU is not the place to cut corners since the rest of your machine is dependant on it producing clean, reliable power.
    Here's why I say dump it, 1) It is being sold as a 575W PSU but can only sustain 450W. It has a max output of 575 - if the rails are loaded right and that may not be for more than a few seconds. 2) It's way heavy on the lesser rails which is old design. 3) I can find no legitimate reviews for that unit (or any Logisys PSU) and that in itself signals a red flag to me.
    I will suggest this unit for a 24hr operating computer; Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-450
    even though it has less rated wattage, it is heavier on the 12v rail (37A vs 25a) and gets a high rating from AnandTech found here (linked to the conclusion page)
    Hope it's of some help
  2. Why not use an FX-8350? Its a newer generation, performs a little better and is around the same price as the FX-8150. Other than that, yea, the power supply quality or lacktherof is a cause for concern. I would invest in a better quality one. But yes, it should run virtual machines quite sufficiently.
  3. Thanks for the replies.

    I will definitely heed the advice on the power supply.

    I chose the FX-8150 because of the reviews and the price point, but I will definitely look at the FX-8350 before I go to purchase all the parts.
  4. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  5. Best answer selected by tehremo.
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