First Gaming Rig Completed, Need Tips and Advice to Possibly Make Minor Changes

I am a first time PC Builder and I have worked hard on this build that I have just created. Please comment on the build and voice out any improvements I can make. I will appreciate any and all advice and tips. Thanks.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h6cG23
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h6cG23/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB Single DDR3 ($37.99)
Other: Gigabyte R9 270X ($145.99)
Other: Sentey® Power Supply 625w Pc ($34.99)
Other: Rosewill Micro-ATX Mini Tower Computer Case with Dual USB 3.0 ($32.85)
Other: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003 ($53.99)
Total: $505.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-13 16:19 EDT-0400

Note: The GPU, Gigabyte R9 270x could be substituted with an R7 260X.
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  1. The power supply is god-awful.
  2. 2 Big issues. 1st the psu is not good. It is only rated for 480w on the 12v rail which is very poor for a PSU sold as a 625w unit. While it may power that system it it may not do it for very long. 2nd that motherboard uses a 960g chipset with weak vrms , these do not work well with the 125w processors. The motherboard weak vrms will usually cause the cpu to throttle when under a load.
  3. bignastyid said:
    2 Big issues. 1st the psu is not good. It is only rated for 480w on the 12v rail which is very poor for a PSU sold as a 625w unit. While it may power that system it it may not do it for very long. 2nd that motherboard uses a 960g chipset with weak vrms , these do not work well with the 125w processors. The motherboard weak vrms will usually cause the cpu to throttle when under a load.


    Thanks for pointing that out. I had no idea. It's my 1st system so I am kind of new to this. Can you please go into the problems more into depth and help me understand so that I can improve upon this and replace the parts with better ones?
    Thanks. I really appreciate your feedback.
  4. I put this together it's $50 more but has a better motherboard and PSU. It has a 6 core cpu but in gaming the difference will be minimal to none. There are no matx 970 or 990 boards, so i had to swap out the case aswell. I upped the ram to 8Gb of dual channel memory.
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vsVf7
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vsVf7/by_merchant/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($106.02 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($145.99)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $565.94
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-13 20:05 EDT-0400
  5. bignastyid said:
    I put this together it's $50 more but has a better motherboard and PSU. It has a 6 core cpu but in gaming the difference will be minimal to none. There are no matx 970 or 990 boards, so i had to swap out the case aswell. I upped the ram to 8Gb of dual channel memory.
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vsVf7
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3vsVf7/by_merchant/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($106.02 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($145.99)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $565.94
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-13 20:05 EDT-0400


    Thanks. The system looks better than it used to. I have a couple of questions though. Is the system upgradable in the future? If I wanted to upgrade to a better CPU later on when I have the money, would I be able to upgrade?
    One more thing if you don't mind. Would I be able to get decent frame rates out of this for current games? Would this build use up a lot of power?
    Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks a lot for helping me out. I'll select your answer as the best answer later. Thanks again.

    P.S.
    Which system do you think would be better?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8TQfVn
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/8TQfVn/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($110.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($51.38 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.80 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon R7 260X 2GB iCooler Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $433.13
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-13 23:08 EDT-0400

    or
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FWkgZL
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FWkgZL/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon R7 260X 2GB iCooler Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($12.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $444.93
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-13 23:08 EDT-0400

    vs my system that you've helped fix up?
    Sorry for the long post but thanks again.
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