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First PC build parts finalization... any critics willing to help me out?

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November 13, 2013 5:17:56 PM

Alright. I will be building my first PC this Christmas to replace the 20-year-old hand-me-down I am using at the moment. My budget is tight, so I couldn't pick every part I wanted, but I think I did really well for a first time. Here are my specs:

Case:: Cooler Master 431 Elite
CPU:: AMD FX-6300
CPU cooling:: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
GPU:: ASUS Radeon 7770 2GB GHz Edition
Motherboard:: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
RAM:: G.Skill Ripjaws Ares Series 1866 MHz 8 GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3
PSU:: Corsair CXM 500M
HDD:: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (Wasn't sure what to go for; do I really need the CUDA?)
Optical drive:: some random drive from ASUS I only plan to use for installing an OS
I will be throwing in some cold cathodes and the odd LED fan here and there if that matters.

Total build cost: $554 USD
Budget: $625 USD (What should I do with the extra money?)
This rig will be for medium levels of gaming, video capture/editing/production, music production, and general use, in case that matters as well.

If you can help me super fine-tune my parts or just give me a tip about building in general, I would truly appreciate it!
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November 13, 2013 6:07:31 PM

There's absolutely no need for 2Gbs on a 7770, it's not near powerful enough to use that much VRAM. I would either spend left over money on a better GPU, like a 270x, or a 7850. The 7850's are much better than a 7770 and cost almost the same.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or you could get a better PSU with some extra power right away for any high end cards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: actually if gaming isn't your primary objective here that PSU I linked is pretty overkill, the Corsair Builders series isn't bad, ones below 600w are fine for the money, but these units are just a bit better, and you'll still have more than enough for any single card setups. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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