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Feedback for my first computer build; also help with case

By Joshua Minett · 8 replies
Aug 13, 2015
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  1. I am building my first PC, and have chosen these parts:

    Power Supply: Corsair CX750 ATX 80+

    Mobo: MSI ATX DDR3 2133 970

    CPU: AMD FX 4350

    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2 x 4gb) DDR3 1600 MHz PC3 12800 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel

    Video Card: MSI GTX 960 Gaming 4G

    Hard Drive: WD Black 500GB SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache

    Optical Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM

    So are these parts good, compatible, and somthing I would want for a gaming PC?

    As far as a case goes, I have a budget of $50 for this. I want something with decent ventilation, and a design thats not just a big block. So like somthing with some angles or somthing. If it has a window or glow that would be even better.
    Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Joshua Minett

    Joshua Minett TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 70

    Also, will I need to buy anything else for the computer aside from these parts? Like cables or anything? I intend to run 4 monitors on this computer.
  3. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 991   +37

    Addressing only the case question...
    If this satisfies your aesthetic,
    it may be one to consider in your price range.
    It can accommodate a larger graphix card than you have
    And it looks to offer plenty of cooling solution options.
    You would add your fans and filters, per need.
    Most in this price range I would consider "big block"
    or I would be concerned about the durability of the plastic. (or both)
    read the reviews before you make up your mind.
    Again... depending on aesthetic...
    Maybe the Thermaltake Commander. (Link Changed, to offer the color options)
    Also the Apevia X-Hermes seems to have good cooling, and some lighting color options, and comes with more fans than most. You will likely swap the fans out though for better quality fans... if not immediately then down the road... quieter and more efficient fans than are usually provided as stock fans. Also this one is a bit "blocky". So with this, you are paying about $10 more for your lighting scheme.
    So ... hard to provide more specific recommendations
    without knowing more of what you like and don't.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2015
  4. Maishapool

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  5. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 991   +37

    I was trying to pay attention to...
    "As far as a case goes, I have a budget of $50"
    Budget ... and personal aesthetics ...
    Depending on the model of the "NZXT Phantom"
    prices start at about $100 and go up from there.
    Worth considering for "flashy-ness" ... angles, windows, red exterior...
    a Phantom model comparison of features can be found here.
    (About midway down the page.)
    Pay attention... the Phantoms are not created "all equal".
    And... if you want a "more expensive" case,
    then there are many options out there;
    There are also more options within the stated price range.
    Just use Newegg's search tools to get started;
    Then see what the reviewers say.
    If it were me building a new one...
    and if I had the money to burn...
    just for the heck of it, I might consider
    the In Win D-Frame (for a mini-itx)
    or the S-Frame for an ATX build. :D
    But then, a few years ago I sprung for the Silverstone Fortress FT02s.
    So... no accounting for taste! :)
    Budget ... and personal aesthetics ...
  6. Joshua Minett

    Joshua Minett TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 70

    Awesome, thanks guys! I think I'm gonna go with B00kWyrm's suggestion of the In Win GT1. Thanks for the help guys!
    B00kWyrm likes this.
  7. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 991   +37

    I've not checked compatibility on your parts.
    I like some of your brand choices...
    Corsair for PSU and Memory...
    For my own PSU I chose the Corsair AX760
    (Platinum, higher efficiency, near silent under low loads, totally modular)
    Nothing wrong with the CX choice, I just chose to spring for the AX.
    I also like the choice of the Black series for the hdd.
    I would probably steer away from the Blue.
    Green and Red each offer interesting unique strengths.
    If you should choose to add an ssd, I would suggest the Samsung.
    I have tried others... no major quibbles,
    but it seems to me that Samsung has a really solid game going.
    Most would probably go with a 250/256 gb capacity.
    Some would suggest the 120/128 reserving it for os.
    I would lean toward the 250/256 and use it for programs as well.
    Some would go larger and make it for all use.
    Bear in mind... some uses are r/w intensive,
    and would shorten the life of the drive,
    but for most people that would not be a significant factor.
    They will be ready for the next gen of hardware before the drive is worn out.
    As for building a gaming rig...
    most advice I have seen is pointing to the I5 as the "sweet spot".
    With the AMD you may be able to save a few dollars to put somewhere else,

    Also... check your your video card gaming compatibility.
    Some games prefer one over the other (Nvidia vs AMD)
    AND... if you think you might ever wish to SLI/Crossfire,
    then make sure your cards and mb will do what you wish to do together.
    Your mb will handle either, assuming I looked at the right one?.
    Your card GPU is Nvidia (built for SLI)
    This particular card does specify it will handle up to 4 monitors,
    so that use which you specified looks good.
    You did not specify monitor configuration
    (2x2?, v. 1x4, nor whether portrait v. landscape.)
    Depending on your configuration, and your monitors,
    you may be more or less pleased with the results.
    Unless each monitor is for a discreet application,
    you will want/need very narrow bezels for optimal results.
    And with this kind of expensive monitor configuration,
    I would wonder why amd vs intel cpu.
    This offers a performance comparison to the I5-4670k, for example.
    I thoroughly expected others to hop on these questions by now.
    Some of them can advise in this arena better than I can!
    But I hope my observations are helpful.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,205   +4,867

    Nah, you are doing good. There is nothing I could add to what you have stated. Some of us need to restrict ourselves to only Intel help topics.
    B00kWyrm likes this.
  9. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 843   +344

    Idk if your buying from in the USA but the price difference here on the FX 4350 to a FX-6300 is around $20 and I would consider it. The FX-6300 will have no problem being pushed to 4.2ghz on all 6 cores and it gives you greater multitasking/ system off load while gaming.
    B00kWyrm likes this.

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