First build $650ish Feedback needed

So the time for my first pc build has come. Looking for advice/ Feedback. Currently I'm posting this from  a Dell Dimension E310, Windows xp 2003 1gb ram ect ect...

I'm Shooting for a mid range gaming computer. Something not way way over the top but something that I can play most games on about mid settings at a decent fps. I would like to play a wide range of games from World of Warcraft to FPS like battlefield, league of legends, you name it, I will probably like it. Thus, I put together the Build below and was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of feedback as to how I did and how the system will run. Feel free to suggest something else But if you do please explain why and try and keep it in the same price range. Extra info Posted at the bottom.

PCPartPicker part list:

  • CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor  ($109.99 @ Newegg)
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
  • Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($59.99 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($64.99 @ Amazon)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
  • Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card  ($125.66 @ Newegg)
  • Case: NZXT Source 210 Window ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ Newegg)
  • Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-120-RL 74.5 CFM 120mm  Fan  ($5.99 @ Newegg)
  • Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
  • Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer  ($16.99 @ Newegg)
  • Keyboard: Perixx PX-1000 Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($24.99 @ Newegg)
  • Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6800 Wired Optical Mouse  ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
  • Other: 8" Cold Cathode  ($6.99)
  • Total: $597.52

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 05:45 EST-0500)

  • I do not plan to overclock at this time but may in the future.
  • Current monitor has a 1440x900 resolution
  • The main things that concern me as far as actually building it are:
  1. Applying thermal paste to the heatsink. Being a HDT design the bottom has gaps between the pipes so from what I'v read the dot in the middle method wont work. Instead I saw that it was suggested to fill the gaps with thermal paste and used two lines between the pipes. My question is. how do I go about filling those gaps?




Maybe Change the MB because at newegg it out of stock maybe try this MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS @ 80$  @newegg and try a 600 watt PSU for future upgrades if you went to but more HDD or SSD and about thermal paste Logan on the channel made a video about it and put the paste on the CPU :)

I dont see where it says the mobo is out of stock. In fact it says "in stock" under the reviews.

Try this...

Far better for gaming.  It has a pretty solid upgrade path as well.  You can easily drop in a quad core i5 later, once you get the cash.  You also do not need to worry about the HSF, since this one has a smooth bottom.  Just use the pea method, and mount the HSF.  The pressure from the HSF will spread the thermal paste for you.

The duel core CPU is plenty for gaming.  The HD 7950 will be doing most of the work.  It may bottleneck your GPU a little, but you'll get better performance out of this than you will the HD 7850 build.

I also changed a couple of things for better quality parts, such as the PSU.  Oh and if you're going to get a rubber dome keyboard, just get something cheap like the Logitech K120.  Save the big bucks for a mechanical keyboard.  I used this particular keyboard until I could afford a better keyboard, and it did a good job.

You can also drop the CPU cooler to save some money if you want.  The Pentium CPU already comes with a HSF of its own.  The 212 Evo will perform better though.  It's also quieter.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.

CPU - Amazing bang for your buck. Performs similarly to some low-end i5s in most games and will out perform them by a large margin if mantle takes full advantage of all the extra threads like advertised.

Motherboard - Great motherboard from ASUS, but if you can stretch I advise you get the M5A99X or M5A99FX, but I didn't think you'd need them as you are not overclocking. Great warranty and packed with features.


RAM - It's cheap, dual channel and there's 8GB of it. Also G. Skill are good so yeah...


Storage - 1TB 7200RPM with 64MB buffer. Didn't get an SSD as well as it got a bit out of the budget, but if you can stretch an extra $10-30 then grab an SSD such as the Kingston SSDNow V300, Kingston HyperX 3K or any other SSD that has good reviews and is recommended by Logan (he mentions his recommended SSD list in almost every build video so won't be too hard to find).


GPU - HD7870 is an amazing card. It plays most games at high-ultra at 1080p so it won't have any trouble with games at your resolution. The price is also very low atm so I'd grab it as soon as possible.


Case - Can't really beat this case for the price. Great airflow, decently quiet and pretty good aesthetics, though that's just me personally.


PSU - 550w is more than enough to power this system and XFX use the same components as seasonic so this is the best quality you can get.


Optical Drive - It works. You don't really need an optical drive but I included it anyway.


Total - $575  I left a lot of the budget as this is really the best bang for your buck around this price point and you might wanna use the extra 75 from the pc budget to get higher quality peripherals (Laser Mouse, 7.1 Hewadset, etc.)

Mouse I recommend: great mouse, feels great and has very good build quality.

or also very good, a bit more comfortable but doesn't feel as precise


Headsets I recommend: feel great, work great, good mic and excellent sound quality. Only drawback is that other people in the room can hear the sound almost as well as you can :L

or very comfortable, better mic than the 780 i listed above but very similar sound quality, though this is better with the whole noise bleed thing (oother people can't hear the sound, unlike the 780)

Hope this helps. Sorry about my poor english, you can probably tell it's not my first language.

people seem to wanna suggest a better PSU, I'd say just stick with the 500W, you wont need more than that as long as you're not going crossfire in the future. 

It isn't so much about wattage as it is about quality.  The XFX unit is much better than the Corsair CX series.

Personally I'd stick with Corsair. Mostly because I am more familiar with their PSUs and because of the cables which are better for cabel management.

XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic.  They're better than Corsair's CX series.

Kind of subjective, but replace that case with a Source 210 Window + Fan and I'm happy with the build.  The black/blue type of color scheme would be nice to look at.