First Gaming Rig Build (Suggestions Welcome)

Here is the link to my pcpartpicker list:

For those of you too lazy to clicking links, here's the rundown:  

CPU:  AMD FX-8350

MOBO:  Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3

GPU:  Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 4GB DDR5

PSU:  NZXT HALE82 V2 700W 80+ Bronze, fully modular

Case:  NZXT Phantom 530 (white)

CPU Cooler:  Zalman CNPS5X Performance CPU Cooler

The hard drive(s) and RAM will be whatever is the best value when I go to buy.


This is my first custom build, funded by Uncle Sam (aka tax returns)!  I have a 24" 1080p HDMI monitor that I plan to run this through, and I plan to run Win8.1 on this build.  I plan to tweak voltages a bit to OC, but water-cooling probably won't be in my near future.  I play a few triple-A FPS's and racers, and way too much Minecraft.  I feel this build is fairly future-proof, so I won't have to re-build anytime soon.  

This rig is going to cost about $1k (sans OS).

Let me know what you think!  Any suggestions and (constructive) criticism are always welcome.  I might do a build overview video for fun if I can get a better tripod for my camera.

+1, stronger video card and a mobo with digital VRMs and no shitty bios.

Keep in mind that your fully assembled machine will look a bit empty when you build it. A mid tower is plenty big for your components. It's not really an issue with your built but it's something to consider. I also agree with ragingh4vok with his suggestions. The GTX 770 will run everything right now at 1080p max settings.

Looks like a good build but that PSU is a bit excessive. A 600W unit would be cheaper and easily power your system.

So the PNY 770 2GB would out-perform the Sapphire R9 270X 4GB?  I like the amount of VRAM on the Sapphire, personally.  And I like the case because there's plenty of room for expansion later.

Yes, the 770 will out perform it. 

Really unless you are playing at 1440p you won't use more than 2GB of VRAM. I'm not even sure if the bus is wide enough on the 270X to actually take advantage of all that VRAM anyway. Just because it is a bigger number doesn't mean it is better. 

The 770 is a re-branded 680 and the 270x is a re-branded 7870 Ghz. I can tell you this, I own a 760 2GB and playing BF4 and Titanfall in 1080p made be rethink of my purchasing choice. It's getting close to where 2GB of VRAM is not enough.

I chose most of these components because I want to somewhat future-proof the build.  4GB of VRAM may not be utilizable now, but in the future it may be.  Same with the 8 cores in the 8350 and the extra space in the case and PSU.

Well, adding more RAM to a GPU doesn't directly correlate to performance increases.  More RAM will help with higher resolutions, but the GTX 770 is much, much faster than an R9 270X.  I would go with the 770.

Thanks for the advice!  I'll take it to mind.

Have a look at this just a little over 1k but you will be able to play most games at 1080p on ultra

Here's an updated list based on suggestions and some more research:

My only real question at this point is, should I go with a Fractal case or stick with the Corsair 200R I have now?

Switchin some stuff around to get it cheaper.

As for the case, it depends if you want to spend the extra money or not.

+1.... was waiting for somebody to do something with that overpriced NZXT PSU

Jamie - Everything I have read in here is good advice, but no one has come right out and said a couple things. The links that you post to your build keep using the NZXT power supply and the Zalman CPU cooler. The reason that everyone keeps linking builds that don't have those components are because the NZXT power supply is more expensive than it needs to be for what it does, and the Zalman cooler, although cheap, is not a great CPU cooler. If you're buying an FX-8350, it deserves to have a quality cooler attached to it. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo (which everyone keeps recommending) is a few dollars more, but it performs so much better that it competes with coolers that are 2 to 3 times more expensive. If you ever decide that you want to overclock, the Zalman cooler is going to leave you hanging out to dry. Please please please drop that cooler off your build list! I know the power supply is white, and that is cool, so if that is all you're considering and you're willing to shell out $20+ for that, fire away.

Thanks for the advice.   I did change the PSU in my final build list because the NZXT was more than I needed.  I dropped the CPU cooler altogether because of money, but I will buy one soon.  

Final build list:

I dropped the disc drive and CPU cooler for money reasons, but they will be added later,along with an HDD and some case fans.