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Is this a good set-up to build a gaming computer? Also, are all these parts compatible with each other?

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May 26, 2013 5:21:58 PM

My newest project is to build a gaming computer for myself. However, since I'm mostly a novice when it comes to things like this, I decided to go online and ask if all the parts I am planning on buying will make a good computer and if they are compatible with each other. I have checked the compatibility on a few of the parts, but I'm not sure about the rest. Any help would be greatly appreciated. (NOTE: My hard drive is 4TB because I plan on doing a lot of video editing.)

The Components:

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950
CPU: AMD FX-8350
Hard Drive: Seagate Desktop 4TB
DVD/CD Drive: Samsung 24x SATA
RAM: Kingston HyperX 8GB
Motherboard: Sabertooth 990FX
PSU: Antec HCG-620M 620W
Case: Antec 900

If you believe any of these parts are not the ideal component for my computer, it would be greatly appreciated if you suggested a replacement for that component. Thanks!
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May 26, 2013 5:36:44 PM

Video editing is one thing that will benefit from Piledriver's extra cores. I mention that just to head off the inevitable suggestions from some that you build an Intel-based PC.
Now that's out of the way, the rest of your build looks good. I will make some suggestions though.
1. You will probably want to overclock your processor, at least some. For this, you will want an aftermarket cooler. I use and recommend the Xigmatek Gaia. It cools within 1C of the more commonly-mentioned CM Hyper212 EVO, but is up to 6db quieter, and for $20, costs significantly less.
2. If your budget allows, add a SSD to your build. Get 240GB-256GB if you can afford it, or 120GB-128GB for somewhat less. The Samsung 840 PRO or Crucial M4 would be good choices. The vanilla Samsung 840 was found to be a poor performer by HardOCP though, so it is especially important to get the PRO or M4 in that size.
3. Since you will be editing video, find out if either AMD or nVidia cards can accelerate that process (my apologies if you've already done this and it's why you've chosen AMD).
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May 26, 2013 6:12:47 PM

Your setup is more geared towards video editing then gaming. FOr gaming go with the Intel i5 and 1155 mobo. Something like this:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop $209
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO's:
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $164
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA $154
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb $179
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 26, 2013 6:30:21 PM

avenseth12 said:
Your setup is more geared towards video editing then gaming. FOr gaming go with the Intel i5 and 1155 mobo. Something like this:

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop $209
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO's:
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $164
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA $154
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb $179
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The guy just said he wants to do video editing not gaming.


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May 26, 2013 6:34:48 PM

Thank you so much for replying to this! I'm really a noob at choosing components to build a computer, and this helped a lot. I am now adding a few parts to make it better! Thanks!
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