I have a friend who helped me pick out the parts and is going to help me build it, and I'm just wondering just how good this is:
1 x ($419.99) GIGABYTE GV-R928XOC-3GD REV2 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 38 1 x ($199.99) AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket A 1 x ($149.99) GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s U 1 x ($119.99) NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enth 1 x ($99.99) CORSAIR GS series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready 1 x ($89.99) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR 1 x ($49.99) XIGMATEK Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 1 x ($19.99) ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X - OEM 1 x ($12.99) Tuniq TX-4 Extreme Performance and Exceptional Rel
Unless you are going to be mining e-coins, a 280X for $420 was a terrible idea. Either dropping down $100 to get a 770 or spending like $80 more to get a 780 would have been the things to do (both are better cards). RAM is overpriced by like $30 as well. And I would have recommended a 4570K for the CPU.
Of course, I should mention that it's a solid computer, but you're leaving performance/money on the table. Really though, the card is the main thing. You should slap your friend for having you pay that much for that card.
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Do you think adding a 120 GB SSD for Windows would be worth it? If so, what would be good?
Well, it will decrease boot times, I mean with my SSD I literally go from turning the power on to being able to browse/play games in about 20 seconds. So if that interests you, then sure get a SDD. It most likely isn't going to improve performance in games, other than load times in certain games like Civ V.
Your system will outperform the consoles and prob the next generation of consoles as well.
My 470 GTX still plays games better than the PS4 and X1, although it's 4 years old now.
I went ahead with the SSD. A 250 GB Samsung for $160. I can't stand how long it takes Windows to start on my current computer to the point I never turn it off. I'm sure this new setup would be faster regardless, but the faster the better. I read programs and things would start faster as well. I like the two drive setup anyway. My current has two 300 GB drives with one for Windows/programs and the other for media.