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First build - Am I missing anything in terms of compatibility or optimization?

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June 27, 2013 9:08:58 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sphere7/saved/1QMp

Using it primarily for gaming, also plan to hook it up to my TV so that I can use my xbox 360 controller at times as well as stream movies. The PSU is overkill for now so I can add another 7970 at some point. Any feedback is much appreciated.
June 27, 2013 9:24:18 AM

Well, pcpartpicker will tell you about any compatibility issues, nice built-in feature.
Depending on how far you want to OC that i5, may want a better cooler. More and more OC sites say the 212 EVO just won't do the job for Haswell like it did for Ivy Bridge. I've seen the Noctua D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow highly recommended, or liquid cooling.


Smart move getting a PSU that will allow for the future, but a better brand like Seasonic/XFX or Corsair is recommended over Cooler Master.
June 27, 2013 12:26:23 PM

the silent series of CM psus arent bad. just the ones below them suck horribly

as for the build id get this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aU5D

i would not crossfire 7970s. crossfire is still full of runt frames
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June 27, 2013 12:50:19 PM

Although that isn't the worst of CM supplies, I think it is better to go with a brand with a better reputation.

MSI is kind of marginal quality but it should be fine.
June 27, 2013 1:09:06 PM

nope. msi video cards are among the best. very good cards and RMAs are very easy with them. its their motherboards that are kinda lousy and their cases are the worst for the price
June 27, 2013 1:11:17 PM

TheBigTroll said:
nope. msi video cards are among the best. very good cards and RMAs are very easy with them. its their motherboards that are kinda lousy and their cases are the worst for the price


MSI motherboard is what I meant.
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