Girlfriend's Gaming PC Build

Hi everyone! Long time no see.

I have been asked to create a computer for my girlfriend and her brother for Christmas. She does some casual gaming (Sims, Minecraft, Bioshock), but I believe he will be a big gamer in the future. He literally never gets off his family’s Mac. I think I have a pretty good build, but I would love your advice before I purchase the parts. (Specifically Chris’s advice)

I have attempted to keep the price under $650. I have also tried to choose quality parts that will work. Please post if you feel that is a better decision that I could make considering the budget and the components.

Here is a link to the parts list: Parts

Link is dead, here is the list:

[details=Open Me]CPU

AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
$169.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $169.99 Amazon Buy
Motherboard

MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard
$46.99 $5.67 $52.66 Newegg Buy
Memory

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
$84.99 -$10.00 FREE $74.99 Newegg Buy

  • USD $10 off w/ promo code EMCWPPH78, ends 10/8
    Storage

Kingston Fury 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
$69.99 -$6.99 FREE $63.00 Newegg Buy

  • 10% off w/ promo code RMNEXSAVE10, limited offer
    Video Card

MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
$214.99 -$30.00 FREE $184.99 Newegg Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
Case

NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
$39.99 -$10.00 FREE $29.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply

Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
$49.99 -$20.00 FREE $29.99 Newegg Buy[/details]

Link doesn’t load and there are a lot of people that know just as much about computers here as me so don’t just take my advice. I can only offer my suggestions.

It may be because I’m logged in on the site. I’ll just give you the specs now. And I only said that because you helped me a couple times when I was choosing hardware for a couple builds.

CPU

AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
$169.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $169.99 Amazon Buy
Motherboard

MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard
$46.99 $5.67 $52.66 Newegg Buy
Memory

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
$84.99 -$10.00 FREE $74.99 Newegg Buy

  • USD $10 off w/ promo code EMCWPPH78, ends 10/8
    Storage

Kingston Fury 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
$69.99 -$6.99 FREE $63.00 Newegg Buy

  • 10% off w/ promo code RMNEXSAVE10, limited offer
    Video Card

MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
$214.99 -$30.00 FREE $184.99 Newegg Buy
$30.00 mail-in rebate
Case

NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
$39.99 -$10.00 FREE $29.99 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Power Supply

Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
$49.99 -$20.00 FREE $29.99 Newegg Buy

(Sorry if it’s long and cluttered, I just c&p’d.)

That PSU wont work, it only has a single 8 pin connector and that GPU requires 1 6pin and 1 8pin I believe. They are great cards though, I did some benchmarking with a pair of them a while ago.

I didn’t even notice that! I had a different GPU in there at first. Thanks for pointing that out.

That would be a killer build. But why a 120 SSD? I would go with a 1.5TB HHD. Besides they last longer.

What OS would they be running? Windows 7, OS X, Linux?

Here you can find a 2TB for the same price as your 120 SSD. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5AD1S75498

Why do you think conventional hard drives last longer than SSDs? Everything I’ve read insists that solid state drives should last at least twice as long as hard drives considering they have no moving parts and produce much less heat.

If the build was for me I would go with both an SSD and something like the 2TB HDD you recommended.

If you are going to get an SSD at least get some kind of HHD with it also. 120gb will fill up stupid fast.

Also it’s a little more expensive but I would get this mobo instead.

SSD’s boot and load faster then HDD’s and last longer.

I’d recommend getting a SSD for your OS/programs and a HDD for general storage.

I forgot to mention on the thread that I have a 1TB storage drive for her. :smile: Thanks for your suggestions though!

The motherboard I selected only supports 2.0, but the GPU supports 3.0. I didn’t know if 2.0 would have sufficient bandwidth to support the GPU’s speed. Thanks a lot in advance, you guys!

In response to this no it wont be a problem. However, I strongly suggest getting a 900 series board and completely leaving MSI for another brand on the board because for some reason MSI took shortcuts on there AM3+ boards

Why would you have an eight core processor? Most games handle quad max with a slight few doing six core processing. I’d definitely have a separate storage device besides the SSD that has more memory to it.

Good video card choice, but if he gets into mod heavy games (think Skyrim) his resources will be used up more, so more RAM would be useful then.