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First build, looking for suggestions

newmanch

62 months ago

Been working on this build over the last few weeks. It is a gaming computer, but I also plan on using it for school. This is what I have come up with: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $139.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $119.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $57.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 270X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card $200.98 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $53.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $18.88 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $691.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-30 22:34 EST-0500

An explanation why I chose these parts (I am new to PC building and learned most of my facts from the internet and friends. If I am wrong on anything please call me out on it, I am always wanting to learn more):

CPU + Mobo: Went with the AMD 8350 instead of Intel i5 4650K to save more money for the GPU. $60 saved on a CPU should go farther with a better GPU from what I have read.

Memory: Best deal I could find for the speed.

Storage: I have been using a gaming laptop for the last few years, and I only used up 600GB that entire time. 1TB should be more than enough, and this is the best deal I could find for the quality. I plan on getting an SSD down the road.

GPU: R9 270X 4GB is a very powerful card for the price, but if there are any better deals for the price please let me know. I do not plan on overclocking for the time being.

Case: Has plenty of room for upgrading, 2 front USB 3.0 ports, looks could be better but for the price I think this is a bargain.

PSU: Has enough Watts for my setup and is cheap.

Optical Drive: Does not play blurays (got a ps4), but does everything else.

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