First Build Advice

Hi everyone,

I am looking to build my first PC and I was looking for some input regarding my components. I just want to make sure that I am looking at the right stuff and would be interested to know what you all think.

CPU - AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz ($199,

Motherboard - MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 Desktop Motherboard - AMD 990FX Chipset - Socket AM3+ ($123,

Video - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB ($175, OR a EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB ($220,

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL ($50,

Power Supply - Corsair CX600 600W 80 Plus Bronze Certified ($80,

For a HDD and Optical Drive, I am just going to grab a 500GB or 1TB HDD and a standard DVD burner drive for now.

I would like to know if all these components are compatible. As far as I can tell they should be but I am new at this and would like a second opinion. I would also like to know if there are any areas of this list that I could cut back on to save some money and still maintain the CPU and the video card. With the motherboard, I am not sure if I am making the right choice, so input regarding that would be very much appreciated. Same for the power supply, I would like to stick with a modular, 80 Plus certified model but I do not fully know the power requirements of all these components.

I hope to get some good advice from this. Thank you all in advance.

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  1. You can get an i5 3570k for just a few more dollars. I would look into that, the 8350 is a good cpu though.
    If you do get an i5, you can get a z77 mobo, check if it does sli/cfx if you want to do that.
    That 650ti is a ripoff. Look at this one
    Or get the 7850, which is two tiers high than the 650ti
    which is on the same tier as a 660, but still a little weaker.
    Or you could get the 7870 which is a tier higher than the 660
  2. ^ Good advice. The 7850 is a great value. Intel cpus will use way less energy and for the money, are faster at most tasks. I would also recommend an SSD for your boot drive. They relieve the storage bottle neck that hard disks have. If you must go the AMD route, yes your parts will work fine, but there are better choices out there.
  3. +1 3570k and a Z77 mobo (you can easily get 4.5+ghz out of it)

    +1 for the 7850, for the price, it's unbeatable... (the 7870 too)
  4. i5-3570k with a 7850.

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