My First Build!

So I took inspiration from the $650 PC Build video and came up with this for my first PC build

Case: Corsair Carbide 200R

Mobo: MSI 970A-G46

CPU: AMD FX-6300

Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

GPU: EVGA GTX 760 SC w/ ACX Cooler


SSD (For Windows): SanDisk 64GB

Hard Drive (For Evvvverything else): WD-Blue 1TB



Is there anything I should change? Any advice for first time PC builders? Anything useful would be highly appreciated! 

Thanks in advance!


If you have an extra $35 I would recommend this ssd instead. It is twice the size and slightly faster. 

What will you be using this for?

Gaming, and some VERY basic photo/video editing 

Ok! I've heard good things about those. 

As an owner of the same motherboard I can say the it's a great board for the price, the CPU is on sale on newegg right now for $109. The SSD he recommended is a great value also, I set my friend up with one for her build and it works great.

"Evvveerryything else" can go a lot faster with black for $20 more.

8gb 1600mhz for $80? Screw that, 8gb 2133 for $58!

GTX 760 is a fine GPU, but I'll leave this to you, for $200 you can get an HD7870, you tell me if PhysX and less GPU power is worth $100?


That Nvidia card is 4gb I just noticed, if you're going multi display then it may be a good option, but the AMD R9 280x may be a good alternative @ 3gb of RAM

It's out of stock currently with newegg, but out performs the 760 quite a bit.

Um, their tests show the 760 as winning in gaming which is what I need a decent GPU for. And I don't really understand what PhysX does. xD

View my edit, I wasn't aware it was a high end model of the GTX760, it's better than the HD7870 by a long shot, the competitor to it is more the R9 280x in this case. PhysX is a software driven physic calculator exclusive to Nvidia GPU's (is available to AMD via CPU but runs terribly.) that simulates fluid, cloth, and particle calculations in very large quantity, it's not used in many games. Borderlands 2 is a good example of it however.

The R9 280X looks like an attractive alternative but will the 600w PSU be able to support it?

Of course it will LOL 

Your 600w PSU can handle any single card solution pretty much, it's actually kind of overkill, but that's a good thing.

Alright! Thanks for your help, I'll definitely go with the 280x once it comes back in stock.

Actually I have one more question.

I know AMD chips tend to run hot, so will the included heatsink be enough to get it running without any unexpected nuclear reactions? And then I can switch to the 212 EVO to OC a tiny bit.

It was the complaints with the stock AMD models running 90-95C as they intended, but MSI's Twin Froza IV is significantly better than AMD's original stock cooler however, it should run 55-75C like most traditional cards, I'm sure there's room to OC the core clock a bit, but the R9's will overclock automatically "boost clock" depending on what temp it's running at.

AMD cpu's dont run hot the FX cpu's will start to throttle at 62-65c the problem with stock amd cpu coolers is thay are shitty with tiny fans that spin up to 3500rpm and are loud you will find haswell cpus run upto 100c on there stock coolers.

The only new AMD chips at the moment that can run at 95c are the new AMD R9 290/ R9 290X gpus and thay will be fixed with aftermarket cooling.

The hyper 212 evo is perfectly capable of cooling and overclocking a FX6300 people use them on 8 core cpus for high overclocks.

BUT i wouldn't do any overclocking on a crappy MSI AM3+ mobo (in fact i'd stay away from all AM3+ MSI mobos)

Ok thanks!

Would it be a better idea to get a FX-6350 then?

They don't benchmark much different, the 6300 is 95w, 6350 125w, the 6300 easily OC's up to the 6350.

Price difference is about $30, so I'll leave that to you.

No i'd just spend a tiny bit more on the mobo (extra $10 )

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.99 @ NCIX US)

Total: $92.99

(4+2 digital power phase with heat heat sink)


Well then this will be just fine