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May 10, 2013 4:32:50 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.55 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 12g Thermal Paste ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.35 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($187.98 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Linksys WMP600N 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower Case ($152.94 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans ($27.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($625.82 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($70.86 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00780100-R3U1 Wired Laser Mouse ($72.99 @ Mac Mall)
Speakers: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 232W 2.1ch Speakers ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $3039.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-10 20:43 EDT-0400)

I have gone through and looked at ever last detail of this build, I'm just simply looking for some finalized advice.

I will be using this build for Video Editing, Music Production, Programming, Server Hosting, Website design and construction, and finally Gaming.

Since AMD is out standing for gaming I went with this build.

The case I have is obviously a lot bigger than needed, why do you ask? I'm also looking to (in the future) build a entire water-cooling build with a Intel based system. My next build will include 3 graphics cards, most likely the best of the best available at the time, along with the Rampage IV Extreme motherboard.

But, that is in future matters so I don't wish to go on about that.

My hears are all open and I'm ready to discuss anything.

Thank you, for future reference.



Sincerely,



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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 4:37:15 PM

great build. however i would get the razor deathadder mouse. I use it and it is amazing.
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May 10, 2013 4:40:28 PM

guitargod213 said:
great build. however i would get the razor deathadder mouse. I use it and it is amazing.


Haha, thank you.

I was originally going to get that mouse but I wanted to stick with a simple green theme for my accessories.

Thank you for your response. :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 4:49:48 PM

You're severely underinvesting in your GPU. With a $2,500+ budget, a 7970 should be your minimum. Personally, I would advocate the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 Ghz. Edition.
I would also go up to an Intel i7-3770k, in your shoes. Most if not all of the merits of the 8350 and the 3750k together.
On the savings side, you're spending an extremely large amount on cooling options. Are you going to be overclocking heavily? If not, you could easily knock $150 off the price tag by dropping the extra fans (which won't necessarily help, given that adding fans without a specific configuration in mind can disrupt airflow) and taking the CPU cooler down to a more reasonably priced air cooler.
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May 10, 2013 4:57:41 PM

Jack Revenant said:
You're severely underinvesting in your GPU. With a $2,500+ budget, a 7970 should be your minimum. Personally, I would advocate the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 Ghz. Edition.
I would also go up to an Intel i7-3770k, in your shoes. Most if not all of the merits of the 8350 and the 3750k together.
On the savings side, you're spending an extremely large amount on cooling options. Are you going to be overclocking heavily? If not, you could easily knock $150 off the price tag by dropping the extra fans (which won't necessarily help, given that adding fans without a specific configuration in mind can disrupt airflow) and taking the CPU cooler down to a more reasonably priced air cooler.


Thank you for the amazing suggestions, and I truly do know where you're coming from but I'm also not trying to go completely 'all out' persay, the thing is I want an amazing rig, but at the same rate I'm not trying to spend an extreme amount of money at the same time for I'm only 18 still trying to make pay.

That is currently why you see that I do not have a bottlenecked system because of the perfectly great lay-out of the pricing in my CPU and GPU, making sure that they will certainly work great together.

I do plan to OC, that's something I find a huge need, also I'm most likely going to buy even more fans for this for a positive air pressure in the with-in the case itself. I do wish to include a touch-screen fan controller for most of the fans I will install.

slomo4sho said:
Switch the PSU to a Corsair AX850


That completely slipped my mind haha, good choice my friend, good choice. [:

Thanks for your response. ;D
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 5:08:31 PM

Affiliated said:

That completely slipped my mind haha, good choice my friend, good choice. [:

Thanks for your response. ;D


If you prefer to stick with Asus, go with the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 5:19:26 PM

Affiliated said:
Jack Revenant said:
You're severely underinvesting in your GPU. With a $2,500+ budget, a 7970 should be your minimum. Personally, I would advocate the Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 Ghz. Edition.
I would also go up to an Intel i7-3770k, in your shoes. Most if not all of the merits of the 8350 and the 3750k together.
On the savings side, you're spending an extremely large amount on cooling options. Are you going to be overclocking heavily? If not, you could easily knock $150 off the price tag by dropping the extra fans (which won't necessarily help, given that adding fans without a specific configuration in mind can disrupt airflow) and taking the CPU cooler down to a more reasonably priced air cooler.


Thank you for the amazing suggestions, and I truly do know where you're coming from but I'm also not trying to go completely 'all out' persay, the thing is I want an amazing rig, but at the same rate I'm not trying to spend an extreme amount of money at the same time for I'm only 18 still trying to make pay.

That is currently why you see that I do not have a bottlenecked system because of the perfectly great lay-out of the pricing in my CPU and GPU, making sure that they will certainly work great together.

I do plan to OC, that's something I find a huge need, also I'm most likely going to buy even more fans for this for a positive air pressure in the with-in the case itself. I do wish to include a touch-screen fan controller for most of the fans I will install.


What you're missing, to my view, is that you're losing more than you gain by setting up all this cooling and then getting sub-par components. Even if you OC to a huge degree, you're going to end up with less performance. If money is too tight for a powerful GPU in your gaming machine, money is surely too tight for over $200 of cooling in a case which has excellent cooling stock.
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May 10, 2013 5:36:13 PM

slomo4sho said:

If you prefer to stick with Asus, go with the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0


Thanks! ;D Great find.

Jack Revenant said:

What you're missing, to my view, is that you're losing more than you gain by setting up all this cooling and then getting sub-par components. Even if you OC to a huge degree, you're going to end up with less performance. If money is too tight for a powerful GPU in your gaming machine, money is surely too tight for over $200 of cooling in a case which has excellent cooling stock.


Understood completely.
How does the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition sound then in this rig?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 5:36:14 PM

This is my recommended build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($112.63 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($168.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($625.82 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($70.86 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00780100-R3U1 Wired Laser Mouse ($72.99 @ Mac Mall)
Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 120W 2.1ch Speakers ($149.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $2771.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 5:39:44 PM

Affiliated said:
slomo4sho said:

If you prefer to stick with Asus, go with the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0


Thanks! ;D Great find.

Jack Revenant said:

What you're missing, to my view, is that you're losing more than you gain by setting up all this cooling and then getting sub-par components. Even if you OC to a huge degree, you're going to end up with less performance. If money is too tight for a powerful GPU in your gaming machine, money is surely too tight for over $200 of cooling in a case which has excellent cooling stock.


Understood completely.
How does the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition sound then in this rig?


The Gigabyte Ghz. Edition is quite well viewed. I personally prefer Sapphire's Vapor-X model, but you would be in fine shape using the Gigabyte.
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May 10, 2013 5:41:58 PM

slomo4sho said:
This is my recommended build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($112.63 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($162.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X Blue ATX Full Tower Case ($168.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DVDE818A7T/BLK/B/GEN CD Reader, DVD Writer ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($625.82 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($70.86 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00780100-R3U1 Wired Laser Mouse ($72.99 @ Mac Mall)
Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 120W 2.1ch Speakers ($149.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $2771.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Great recommendation, but no thank you.

Very kind of you, but no thanks. ;D
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May 10, 2013 5:43:17 PM

Jack Revenant said:

The Gigabyte Ghz. Edition is quite well viewed. I personally prefer Sapphire's Vapor-X model, but you would be in fine shape using the Gigabyte.


Thanks very much. ;D All I needed.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 5:46:38 PM

Affiliated said:
Jack Revenant said:

The Gigabyte Ghz. Edition is quite well viewed. I personally prefer Sapphire's Vapor-X model, but you would be in fine shape using the Gigabyte.


Thanks very much. ;D All I needed.


My pleasure. Do you have any other questions or issues?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 10, 2013 5:55:43 PM

Affiliated said:

Great recommendation, but no thank you.

Very kind of you, but no thanks. ;D


This would be better build for your indicated tasks and is at the same budget but ultimately it is your dime. The Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX provides a high quality sound solution as well as built in WiFi so it removed the need for the sound card and wifi adapter.
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