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August 16, 2013 10:33:38 PM

Hello, It's me again, except this time I've actually got the system built. I was just wondering if I could get the community's opinion on how it went, as well as some advice on how to best use it.

CPU: AMD FX8350
GPU: HIS ICEQ Radeon 7870 GHz Edition
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro series H100i
RAM: G. Skill Ripjaw 2133 4GBx2
Storage: 2TB Seagate 7200 RPM + 128GB Samsung 840 PRO SSD
PSU: Corsair HX650
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R

Some things I've already heard: Unbalanced (Unspecified reason), RAM Not compatible to full potential, Intel

It runs Skyrim on ultra settings perfectly. Pages are instant. Consistent 17.7 Second start (Expected better from what I've heard!)

Also, may I get some advice as to which programs to install? I run Windows 8 and I've downloaded Avast and Speedfan. I'm SURE there's more I need.

Thank you!
August 16, 2013 10:52:30 PM

The RAM will not run at anything more than 1600mhz unless you go in and overclock it manually.

That motherboard is CRAZY expensive. Could have spent the money on a better GPU.

Not a fan of closed loop watercooling because it offers nothing over air cooling expect noise and potential leaks.
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August 16, 2013 10:55:00 PM

I'm going to explain what you've heard about it, because it is true. Your build is a bit unbalanced. Generally I wouldn't pair the 8350, unless it isn't only a gaming build, with anything less then the 7970 or maybe 7950. I think the 6300 or 8320 is a better value at that point. That being said, its not like you're going to have problems, but maybe you could have got a better GPU. As for the RAM, the FX only supports 1866 ram, so you cannot run your ram at full speed. As for programs, I use defender and wouldn't use avast. Defender is discreet and doesn't use much system resources, but up to you! Remember your GPU drivers for sure, but other then that its up to what you need! Glad everything went so well!
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August 17, 2013 12:09:46 AM

tiny voices said:
The RAM will not run at anything more than 1600mhz unless you go in and overclock it manually.

That motherboard is CRAZY expensive. Could have spent the money on a better GPU.

Not a fan of closed loop watercooling because it offers nothing over air cooling expect noise and potential leaks.


I actually read that the RAM will run at 1866. How can I overclock it? And yes, that was the best motherboard. Only 50 or so more than anything else worth buying, so I figured why not. As for the cooling, I've heard a lot of great things about liquid cooling. The system is very quiet, and I couldn't get those hoses off if I tried, so I don't think they will leak.

kirilmatthew said:
I'm going to explain what you've heard about it, because it is true. Your build is a bit unbalanced. Generally I wouldn't pair the 8350, unless it isn't only a gaming build, with anything less then the 7970 or maybe 7950. I think the 6300 or 8320 is a better value at that point. That being said, its not like you're going to have problems, but maybe you could have got a better GPU. As for the RAM, the FX only supports 1866 ram, so you cannot run your ram at full speed. As for programs, I use defender and wouldn't use avast. Defender is discreet and doesn't use much system resources, but up to you! Remember your GPU drivers for sure, but other then that its up to what you need! Glad everything went so well!


Awesome reply! It's against my nature to go for the 8320 when the 8350 is available, but perhaps in the future I can upgrade the GPU or crossfire it? The 7870 should be pretty powerful unless I've heard wrong, and by the time I need it to crossfire, another should be cheap. Do you think the extra GPU would be worth it considering heat and energy? And how can I ensure the RAM is at least running at 1866? What should my next expense be?
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August 17, 2013 12:14:04 AM

Chopper678 said:
tiny voices said:
The RAM will not run at anything more than 1600mhz unless you go in and overclock it manually.

That motherboard is CRAZY expensive. Could have spent the money on a better GPU.

Not a fan of closed loop watercooling because it offers nothing over air cooling expect noise and potential leaks.


I actually read that the RAM will run at 1866. How can I overclock it? And yes, that was the best motherboard. Only 50 or so more than anything else worth buying, so I figured why not. As for the cooling, I've heard a lot of great things about liquid cooling. The system is very quiet, and I couldn't get those hoses off if I tried, so I don't think they will leak.

kirilmatthew said:
I'm going to explain what you've heard about it, because it is true. Your build is a bit unbalanced. Generally I wouldn't pair the 8350, unless it isn't only a gaming build, with anything less then the 7970 or maybe 7950. I think the 6300 or 8320 is a better value at that point. That being said, its not like you're going to have problems, but maybe you could have got a better GPU. As for the RAM, the FX only supports 1866 ram, so you cannot run your ram at full speed. As for programs, I use defender and wouldn't use avast. Defender is discreet and doesn't use much system resources, but up to you! Remember your GPU drivers for sure, but other then that its up to what you need! Glad everything went so well!


Awesome reply! It's against my nature to go for the 8320 when the 8350 is available, but perhaps in the future I can upgrade the GPU or crossfire it? The 7870 should be pretty powerful unless I've heard wrong, and by the time I need it to crossfire, another should be cheap. Do you think the extra GPU would be worth it considering heat and energy? And how can I ensure the RAM is at least running at 1866? What should my next expense be?


You can go to your bios to check your ram speed. Another option is CPU-Z or AMD overdrive or something like that! Crossfire is nice, but it isn't as good as a single GPU solution just yet. That being said crossfire is worth it when you currently have 1 and want more performance. The thing is that the 7870s will be replaced in October/November by the 9850 probably. This means that after that they will be phased out and no longer sold. Your window to buy one may not be too large.
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August 17, 2013 12:19:33 AM

kirilmatthew said:
Chopper678 said:
tiny voices said:
The RAM will not run at anything more than 1600mhz unless you go in and overclock it manually.

That motherboard is CRAZY expensive. Could have spent the money on a better GPU.

Not a fan of closed loop watercooling because it offers nothing over air cooling expect noise and potential leaks.


I actually read that the RAM will run at 1866. How can I overclock it? And yes, that was the best motherboard. Only 50 or so more than anything else worth buying, so I figured why not. As for the cooling, I've heard a lot of great things about liquid cooling. The system is very quiet, and I couldn't get those hoses off if I tried, so I don't think they will leak.

kirilmatthew said:
I'm going to explain what you've heard about it, because it is true. Your build is a bit unbalanced. Generally I wouldn't pair the 8350, unless it isn't only a gaming build, with anything less then the 7970 or maybe 7950. I think the 6300 or 8320 is a better value at that point. That being said, its not like you're going to have problems, but maybe you could have got a better GPU. As for the RAM, the FX only supports 1866 ram, so you cannot run your ram at full speed. As for programs, I use defender and wouldn't use avast. Defender is discreet and doesn't use much system resources, but up to you! Remember your GPU drivers for sure, but other then that its up to what you need! Glad everything went so well!


Awesome reply! It's against my nature to go for the 8320 when the 8350 is available, but perhaps in the future I can upgrade the GPU or crossfire it? The 7870 should be pretty powerful unless I've heard wrong, and by the time I need it to crossfire, another should be cheap. Do you think the extra GPU would be worth it considering heat and energy? And how can I ensure the RAM is at least running at 1866? What should my next expense be?


You can go to your bios to check your ram speed. Another option is CPU-Z or AMD overdrive or something like that! Crossfire is nice, but it isn't as good as a single GPU solution just yet. That being said crossfire is worth it when you currently have 1 and want more performance. The thing is that the 7870s will be replaced in October/November by the 9850 probably. This means that after that they will be phased out and no longer sold. Your window to buy one may not be too large.



I'll just have to fork up some money for a better GPU soon. Is it even worth it to overclock the CPU?
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August 17, 2013 12:25:55 AM

Chopper678 said:
kirilmatthew said:
Chopper678 said:
tiny voices said:
The RAM will not run at anything more than 1600mhz unless you go in and overclock it manually.

That motherboard is CRAZY expensive. Could have spent the money on a better GPU.

Not a fan of closed loop watercooling because it offers nothing over air cooling expect noise and potential leaks.


I actually read that the RAM will run at 1866. How can I overclock it? And yes, that was the best motherboard. Only 50 or so more than anything else worth buying, so I figured why not. As for the cooling, I've heard a lot of great things about liquid cooling. The system is very quiet, and I couldn't get those hoses off if I tried, so I don't think they will leak.

kirilmatthew said:
I'm going to explain what you've heard about it, because it is true. Your build is a bit unbalanced. Generally I wouldn't pair the 8350, unless it isn't only a gaming build, with anything less then the 7970 or maybe 7950. I think the 6300 or 8320 is a better value at that point. That being said, its not like you're going to have problems, but maybe you could have got a better GPU. As for the RAM, the FX only supports 1866 ram, so you cannot run your ram at full speed. As for programs, I use defender and wouldn't use avast. Defender is discreet and doesn't use much system resources, but up to you! Remember your GPU drivers for sure, but other then that its up to what you need! Glad everything went so well!


Awesome reply! It's against my nature to go for the 8320 when the 8350 is available, but perhaps in the future I can upgrade the GPU or crossfire it? The 7870 should be pretty powerful unless I've heard wrong, and by the time I need it to crossfire, another should be cheap. Do you think the extra GPU would be worth it considering heat and energy? And how can I ensure the RAM is at least running at 1866? What should my next expense be?


You can go to your bios to check your ram speed. Another option is CPU-Z or AMD overdrive or something like that! Crossfire is nice, but it isn't as good as a single GPU solution just yet. That being said crossfire is worth it when you currently have 1 and want more performance. The thing is that the 7870s will be replaced in October/November by the 9850 probably. This means that after that they will be phased out and no longer sold. Your window to buy one may not be too large.



I'll just have to fork up some money for a better GPU soon. Is it even worth it to overclock the CPU?

That's not to say your GPU is bad at all, its certainly not! And I say yes, FX overclocks well, but only if you're comfortable with that stuff.
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