First time builder seeking opinions

I plan to build a computer over the summer, and I'd like for peoples opinions on the parts I've picked.
I'd like to play graphics heavy games, such as Skyrim, and possibly render some videos and such. I'm most certainly NOT new to the gamer community, but for years I've always had a computer that can just barely handle the things I throw at it.
I have educated myself about these parts, and have decided to go with these parts:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AbUG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AbUG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AbUG/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($193.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Smilodon ATX-612WBP ATX Mid Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $748.54

Since there is quite a bit of time between now and summer, I'd like to ask for your opinions on this, be it positive or negative, and maybe recommend something else.
Just don't hate on it, like I'm sure a lot of people will (AMD, not enough RAM, etc.)
Oh, forgot to mention, I already have 2 monitors, a keyboard and a mouse.

Thanks,
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  1. Hi. If you're going to buy the parts over summer, you will have next gen parts to consider. The build looks good but you can get faster RAM for a little more, a better case for that price and you shouldn't use the PSU that comes with the case.
  2. johnsonjohnson said:
    Hi. If you're going to buy the parts over summer, you will have next gen parts to consider. The build looks good but you can get faster RAM for a little more, a better case for that price and you shouldn't use the PSU that comes with the case.
    I'm not saying your wrong, but why not go with the PSU from the case? I know raidmax is a somewhat reputable company. But otherwise, I think I will go with your suggestions, can you show me some faster RAM thats cheap? I'm kinda lazy. :ange:
    And yes, I do plan on checking for better parts before I buy it.
    Thanks for your input.
  3. psus included with cases are usually mediocre at best, and Raidmax psus have a bad reputation. Personally, I'm not sure I'd even trust a case from Raidmax.
  4. I can't find that PSU on their website but I used to have a Raidmax 450W PSU with the Sagitta case that looked similar to the one included in your case. It listed 21A on its +12V and didn't even have a PCI Express cable or enough cables for an adapter. So I doubt that 500W one would or should be powering your system. Get one from Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, XFX instead. Any DDR3-1600 RAM should do like this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8gbxl And you're welcome.
  5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133196
    MauveCloud said:
    psus included with cases are usually mediocre at best, and Raidmax psus have a bad reputation. Personally, I'm not sure I'd even trust a case from Raidmax.

    Would this case be good? I like the way it looks. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133196
    And also, what do you guys think of these casefans? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103022
  6. johnsonjohnson said:
    I can't find that PSU on their website but I used to have a Raidmax 450W PSU with the Sagitta case that looked similar to the one included in your case. It listed 21A on its +12V and didn't even have a PCI Express cable or enough cables for an adapter. So I doubt that 500W one would or should be powering your system. Get one from Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, XFX instead. Any DDR3-1600 RAM should do like this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8gbxl And you're welcome.

    I think I'll go with that RAM or maybe Corsair Vengeance or something.
    And for the power supply, if I get the case listed above, I'll go with a 500 watt Corsair Builder series.
    By the way, if I overclock this to 4.2 - 4.5 ghz, how many watts would it use under full load? (The Vcore when its around there is about 1.5v)
  7. UsernameWithheld said:


    I don't share your aesthetic tastes, but Thermaltake and Cooler Master are good brands for cases and accessories.
  8. UsernameWithheld said:
    I think I'll go with that RAM or maybe Corsair Vengeance or something.
    And for the power supply, if I get the case listed above, I'll go with a Corsair Builder series.

    There may be better PSUs for less to choose from when you are ready to purchase one but the Corsair Builders series isn't bad.
  9. MauveCloud said:
    I don't share your aesthetic tastes, but Thermaltake and Cooler Master are good brands for cases and accessories.

    Alright, I'll go with it. The only reason I hesitated is because there are quite a few reviews saying its flimsy.
  10. johnsonjohnson said:
    There may be better PSUs for less to choose from when you are ready to purchase one but the Corsair Builders series isn't bad.

    Like I said before, I'm definetly overviewing it a couple more times before I buy it, especially for prices and new technology.
  11. johnsonjohnson said:
    I can't find that PSU on their website but I used to have a Raidmax 450W PSU with the Sagitta case that looked similar to the one included in your case. It listed 21A on its +12V and didn't even have a PCI Express cable or enough cables for an adapter. So I doubt that 500W one would or should be powering your system. Get one from Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, XFX instead. Any DDR3-1600 RAM should do like this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8gbxl And you're welcome.

    And thanks, didn't see your "You're welcome" at the end.
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