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Build a new system based on the AMD 8350 but not for overclocking <=$1500

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June 30, 2013 8:57:26 PM

Hello everyone

I already purchased the AMD 8350 that I want to build on my system but need your help to pick the rest of the components.

My budget is <=$1500

I want my system to be quiet and to look professional without lights or window. I like already the Fractal Design Define R4 and from reading some reviews the Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ look very good board.

But that is as far my information goes. I am not sure of everything else and need your help.

I want to build that system to play games and to do my office work without bothering anyone else around me :) 

Said that, quiet is first priority, gaming is second.

I am not interested to overclock since 4.2 is pretty fast already in my opinion and dont really want to risk damaging something for no reason.

Thank you in advance for your help and looking forward on your recommendations.
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June 30, 2013 9:05:10 PM

The sabertooth is a hoax. It will actually overheat due to the thermal armor. There are better board which aren't overpriced.
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June 30, 2013 9:13:04 PM

I don't think there is any thermal armor on the 990fx version. Anyways here's what I came up with, you can always change out some parts to your liking.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme9 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($179.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($121.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1446.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 00:11 EDT-0400)
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July 1, 2013 4:04:51 AM

Even though my budget is kind high, I am not interested to spend it all if I dont have too (no need for two video cards) and want to invest some of it to keyboard, mouse, headphones.

Gamerzr do you believe the ARock is better than the sabertooth?

This is what I have in mind so far.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($203.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($12.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($166.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1403.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-01 09:10 EDT-0400)
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July 1, 2013 6:51:09 AM

That PSU is WAY overkill. 650w is more than enough for any single GPU.

You are wasting money on that motherboard. There is no point to get it. The GPU you have now won't max games. At $1400 dollars you should be able to max ANY game no problem.

Change to a $120 board at most and get a MUCH better GPU.

Also, that RAM is a waste as well. Unless you are doing heavy rendering or encoding you will never use it. 8gb is more than enough for a gaming build.
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July 1, 2013 7:10:58 AM

tiny voices said:
That PSU is WAY overkill. 650w is more than enough for any single GPU.

You are wasting money on that motherboard. There is no point to get it. The GPU you have now won't max games. At $1400 dollars you should be able to max ANY game no problem.

Change to a $120 board at most and get a MUCH better GPU.

Also, that RAM is a waste as well. Unless you are doing heavy rendering or encoding you will never use it. 8gb is more than enough for a gaming build.


You keep telling me what is wrong but you dont give me a recommendation on a board or gpu. Thank you anyway
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July 1, 2013 8:56:06 AM

I made some changes on the psu and the gpu but the board stays. So far, no other board can convince me that saving $50 dollars will make the difference especially when I get 5 years warranty.

This is the latest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech K310 Wired Standard Keyboard ($30.84 @ Amazon)
Total: $1273.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-02 01:46 EDT-0400)

So the question remains, is that a good build or something else need to be changed (MOBO, Case, CPU stays same)
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