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I really don't have any idea what I'm doing, but here you go.

Solanstusx
  • 70 months ago

My friend the computer genius has offered to build a PC for me since my affair with Mac products is fading off and now I'm ready to join the PC world. Problem is, being a Mac person for so long, I'm used to prebuilt stuff, so I don't know much about PC parts; all I know has come from circumstantially listening in to conversations on Teamspeak and using common sense when thinking of things like speed and size.

Is this...passable?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Solanstusx/saved/ZNzhP6

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/zWWtLk Add the monitor and keyboard of your choice

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks ok for a first attempt, 2 question tho, what are you using it for & what's the budget?

For a gaming build there's a few things I'd change -

you don't need 16gig of such fast ram

cpu cooler has an update for the same price

psu wattage is a little low, personally I wouldn't drop over a grand on a rig then throw a budget psu in it, if only for my own peace of mind... and if you pay your own electricity bill I usually recommend a gold rated unit, costs more upfront but you save back the upgrade cost vs bronze in about a couple of years via a cheaper utility bill then it's all money in the bank (and a better quality psu into the bargain).

You don't need a soundcard as these days mobos have decent circuitry for that already

radeon 280x has the best of the 770 in most gaming situations, but you should google for fps benchmarks for games you play as it does vary from game to game

That mobo is not recommended for 8 core overclocking - http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database

A bigger monitor prolly wouldn't hurt, I like ips panels for better colour reproduction & viewing angles

Do you need a case or mouse?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $179.98 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $99.99 @ NCIX US
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $73.95 @ Newegg
Storage PNY Optima 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $169.99 @ Newegg
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card $309.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $12.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer G226HQLBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $99.00 @ Newegg
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Wired Gaming Keyboard $72.30 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1193.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-11 17:41 EDT-0400

case - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4bl

monitor - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vn248h

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Get an 8320, save money then just overclock it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I have a case :D

Wasn't planning on over clocking, is it recommended?

Thanks for all the detailed help, brother!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

NP, overclocking's an option if you wanna boost your cpu/gpu performance a little, it varies from chip to chip due to the manufacturing process but it's usually good for a 10-15% increase, if you push em too hard without adequate cooling you can shorten the chips life tho, 212 evo is prolly good for a moderate oc.

If you're not gonna oc the cpu you could drop the cooler as you get one in the box that works ok at standard clock speeds.

If the case is being resued from an old hp/dell/gateway/etc etc etc pre built pc it's a good idea to hit google and check if you can replace mobo, some of the pc manufacturers have been to know to slightly alter their cases to make them useless for another build. If it's just a regular empty case you bought from whoever then it'll be fine.

edit. damn what happened to the price on that asus monitor!? It wasn't like that the other day...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, update: I dropped the monitor as I've acquired a good one from a friend that upgraded. It's nice enough that I won't worry about one.

I added the case I have and switched around my mobo and video card.

New link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9G4TZL

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Well... I still stand by my comments above about ram & psu but if that's what you want...

You can save a few bucks on the optical drive but if that's not a concern I'd say the rest looks fine.

Oh wait, mobo only supports ram up to 2133mhz so you prolly wanna change ram/mobo again.

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