First Gaming Rig EVER

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#1 csadhoo
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So I am building my very first PC (hooray) and it's costing me a little over $800 which i didnt think was bad. Here are the specs for the machine, lemme know what you guys think! Feedback will be greatly appreciated :)

  • AMD FX-8350 8-Core Processor Black Edition
  • ASRock Z77 Pro 4 Motherboard
  • 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
  • Zalman Z11 Plus Case
  • EVGA GeForce GTX670 2048MB GDDR5 256bit, 2x Dual-Link DVI, HDMI, DP, 4-Way SLI Ready Graphics Card (02G-P4-2670-KR)
  • Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory 
  • Corsair Hydro Series Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler H100i
  • Corsair Professional Series  HX 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Gold (HX750)

This is my first build so I wasn't going to go over $1000. Let me know what you guys think? I'm getting really good deals for these parts at Microcenter hence why the price :). 

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#2 MlauTheDaft
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Try to fit a 770 instead of a 670 in there.

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#3 MonsieurX
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Mobo and cpu won't work together,different sockets. Don't need 750w for a single gpu,unless you plan to sli. Don't need 16gb for gaming,unless you plan to do video\photo editing
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#4 gp19
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CPU and Mobo are not compatible. Either change that CPU for a i5 3570k (my recommendation) or change that MoBo for an AM3+ that supports 125W CPUs. 750W PSU is overkill. 600-650w is more than enough. 8Gb of Ram is more than enough for gaming. For novice builders it's good to use http://pcpartpicker.com/ because it grays out the parts that aren't compatible.
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#5 mastershake575
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The main advantage of Microcenter versus any other store is there CPU/motherboard bundle (prices are cheap). The CPU/motherboard are together in a bundle so im really confused as to how you got a Z77 motherboard with an AMD CPU (see the links below)

http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx

http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx

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#6 Hawkeye747
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I built my first PC a few months back so I know it's exciting!  Congratulations.  Don't forget to budget for an OS!  I did. hahah

The guys here all gave me great advice so I'd say to listen to their suggestions like the PSU (I have a 650W) and RAM (I have 8gb, more wont hurt, but not necessary unless you know you need it for certain programs).  I also went with the i5 3570K that was recommended to you.  I knew next to NOTHING about computers a year ago (don't know much more now) but I still managed to Overclock that CPU to 4.2 Ghz.  I don't notice any real difference for the tasks I do on my computer, but it's awesome knowing I did it hahaha

I'd also suggest an SSD.  I have Windows on mine and my computer boots so fast compared to what I have had in the past and what I have to use at work.

Good Luck.

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#7 csadhoo
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Interesting, they sold me the motherboard and CPU as a bundle from there

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#8 csadhoo
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thanks for the tips guys, im heading there now to swap to the 3570k 

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#9 CptJSparrow
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spend the extra $100 for an i7 3770k.
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#10 mastershake575
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spend the extra $100 for an i7 3770k.CptJSparrow
He's getting it from microcenter so it shouldn't be $100 extra (it should be like $50 extra). I got my i7 3770K there for $230
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#11 CptJSparrow
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[QUOTE="CptJSparrow"]spend the extra $100 for an i7 3770k.mastershake575
He's getting it from microcenter so it shouldn't be $100 extra (it should be like $50 extra). I got my i7 3770K there for $230

Even better :o
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#12 mastershake575
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] Even better :oCptJSparrow
lol pretty much. I was originally going to buy the i5 3750K from micocenter but when I saw the price for the 3770K I knew I couldn't pass it up

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#13 csadhoo
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well i got the 3570k. I'll look into the gtx 770 and see if it'll be in my budget, i mean christmas and my birthday are right around the corner too :D so i could always get some more parts eventually. i really appreciate the advice everyone. Im tired of gaming on my alienware M14x...I'll be using that as a second gaming pc for my roommate the upcoming semester.

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#14 kraken2109
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No point buying a 670 unless it's much cheaper than a 760 since the 760 is cheaper and generally matches it in performance (most 760s are overclocked). Or get a 770.