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  1. Honestly, any Xbox 360 controller with a wire will be plug and play. If you want a wireless 360 controller for PC you'll need an adapter, but with the wired version all you need to do is plug it in and you're good. I'd recommend getting a wired 360 controller since you said it's what you're used to.
  2. Always get one more powerful card instead of two less powerful cards. It will always work out better, and if you end up wanting more power down the road you can just get another GTX 980 after the price has dropped. That being said, it depends on what you want the card for. If you're just playing games at 1080p, a GTX 970 is more than enough to be honest. If you're playing at higher resolutions (1440p/4K) or higher refresh rates (though you could argue that for higher refresh rate gaming the two 970s would work fine) you'll want to go for the single 980 for now and another one down the line if you feel you need it.
  3. I did notice that, but I honestly still think that 1440p is just a better resolution at this current point in time. It's not as small as 1080p, which allows a pretty nice amount of workspace and such, and provides a more crisp gaming experience. If I had a budget like that I would still be looking at the ASUS PG278Q ROG Swift monitors with G-SYNC and 144Hz to top it off.
  4. CoreTemp is my personal favorite when it comes to monitor CPU temperatures. If you're using the stock heatsink on that comes with the 8350 noise is an extremely common issue. Since the 8350 puts our a decent amount of heat, the stock fan will go to extremely high RPMs to keep cool, resulting in your noise. The easiest solution for you to get rid of noise is to pick up an aftermarket heatsink. The Hyper 212 EVO comes to mind as one of the most solid CPU heatsinks for the price. If you want to spend more you can always get something better like a Noctua HD-D15 or Corsair H100. The Noctua and Corsair solutions are noticeably expensive, but they would allow you to really overclock that CPU, upwards for 5.0GHz, which would net you a nice boost in performance and keep your system running quiet.
  5. This is most excellent news! =D
  6. Well, at that price point there's not a whole lot I would change. As for 780 Ti versus the 980, you should get whatever you can find that's cheaper. The performance of both are very similar. I also noticed you chose a 5400 RPM drive as your mass storage hard drive? I would recommend you get a 7200 RPM drive instead. Something like the Seagate Barracuda or WD Caviar Blue should both be cheaper than the drive you have listed there. There was also a much cheaper 780 Ti available than the one you chose. This is my quickly edited build.
  7. I'm not sure what you mean by PCI 3 slots. Do you mean PCI-E 3.0? If so, then all of the motherboards I listed have them. The ASUS M5A97 R2.0 is around 70 USD on Newegg, but it won't be the best when it comes to overclocking that CPU, however, it will still provide a very solid platform. You don't need to worry about the PCI slots on any of the motherboards I listed.
  8. You're going to need a motherboard to go with that CPU. I would recommend the ASUS M5A990FX PRO R2.0 or the Gigabyte GA-990FX-UD3 as pretty solid motherboards that would allow for pretty good overclocking. If you're on more of a budget you could get the ASUS M5A97 R2.0, though you will definitely want to update to the most recent BIOS, which isn't very hard. I could walk you through it if you end up getting that board and need the help.
  9. I could walk you through the basics and any questions you have. Feel free to start a PM with me or add me on Steam.
  10. That's incorrect. A PCI-E 3.0 GPU can still be used in previous generations of PCI-E. Most GPUs these days, even the most powerful ones, will not use all the bandwidth of a PCI-E 2.0 slot.
  11. Forgive me, as I didn't look through every comment, but why did you upgrade to the i7? If this build is simply for gaming there is essentially no reason at all to be getting an i7. Any benchmark you find that compares an i5 to an i7 has almost no difference in FPS in just about every scenario. Seeing as the 4770 can't be overclocked you can also save the money and not get a heatsink. Finally, I always like to mention that you should be using an ethernet connection to your PC over wireless when possible, it's simply more reliable and will generally give less latency. That's also a lot of money for a wireless card.
  12. The GTX 660 is still quite a good card. It will play most things on high settings, mixed in with medium on some of the more demanding games. As you said you're new to PC and want something to start with. What you have selected here is pretty good, though if you do plan to overclock I would get a slightly better motherboard. Something like the ASUS M5a990FX or the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 board would allow for a nice overclock on the AMD 8-cores. You'd also want to get a better heatsink, something like a Hyper 212 EVO is relatively cheap and will alloy you to get a decent overclock. The 8320 is a pretty solid CPU, and if you can get it to 4GHz stable the difference in performance between the 8350 and the 8320 will be very similar. All in all, what you have chosen will be a very solid gaming rig.
  13. Myself, and just about every person you talk to that knows their stuff about computers will tell you to build the PC yourself. It is honestly not as sisyphean a task as many people would probably believe it to be. If you can put together a decently difficult Lego kit, you can put together a PC, not to mention that there are hundreds, probably thousands, of fantastic guides available all over the internet that will give you instructions on how to build a PC. Whether it be Intel or AMD based. You're also going to be looking at saving quite a bit of money if you up and build one yourself. If you're lucky and shop sales well enough you can find yourself an i3 and a 280X to fit inside a 500 dollar budget. If you do end up deciding to build your own computer, but get hung up on what parts you should get or what certain things do, please feel free to ask. Finally, I'll link you a few YouTube channels that have some fantastic guides on how to build a PC (You can also check out /r/BuildaPC for even more help): LinusTechTips JayzTwoCents Tek Syndicate
  14. I basically have the same questions Puntosmx has: What is this build for? What's your budget? Do you already have any components we should know about? Will you be overclocking? Please answer these question so I can give you a more informed opinion. =)
  15. Sticking with just one GTX 970 is the smarter option here, it powers through almost anything at 1080p 60Hz. There's no need to upgrade to dual cards later, but if you plan on doing something like that, just get a single 980 now and if you REALLY need the extra power down the line go for a second 980 after the price has come down substantially. Based on your list of parts you have there you will definitely have enough room for any of the GTX 970 models. If not, I'm fairly certain the Phantom cases from NZXT have a removable hard-drive cage that you can take out, and still have three slots in the bottom for SSDs or HDDs. Since you said you do not plan on overclocking at all, you definitely shouldn't get a motherboard that expensive, you should get something like the ASUS M5a97 R2.0 (note that with the 8350 you will want to update the BIOS to the most recent BIOS for the best system stability, it's also very easy to do with that motherboard). At that price you can't really beat the 8350 for performance. As for the GPU you'll be reusing it will be good enough for the time being, you're not going to blow anyone away with the performance but it should ok at best. It will work just fine with the motherboard you picked out, and the one that I recommended. Finally, apart from the few things I mentioned the build looks quite good.