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Have build. Cant decide on a Motherboard/GPU/OS.

I'm building my first build. i have most of this list bought. but i can not decide on a motherboard, GPU (thinking 7850 or 7950), or which version of windows 8 (dont know what OEM means). any help would be appreciated.

The motherboard i would like to keep under 150$.
The OS i would prefer Windows 8. just dont know what version.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.60 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Case: NZXT Source 210 Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $426.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 00:25 EDT-0400)
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  1. If you are only ever going to use one graphics card then the Asus M5A97 R2.0 is a great board and costs less than $100 .
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20
    Most people will never need more than a single graphics card anyway so it seems illogical to pay for a more expensive board just to include the possibility you might someday want to SLI or crossfire . And usually by the time you do its cheaper to buy a newer generation of graphics card that performs better anyway .

    You definitely dont need Win 8 pro . Its no faster but has a few additions that are useless to a home user . Buy Win 8 64 bit oem . [actually there is no such product but many stores label it this way ]

    If you dont have the coolmax psu already then dont buy it . They are not exactly renowned for the high quality of their psu's

    A radeon 7950 or nVidia GTX 760 . The gigabye windforce models are quiet running and cool
  2. Here we are with some minor adjustments: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1u2Y0
  3. This build has a great cost to performance ratio. I was looking at your build and changed the parts that were either low quality ( Cool Max PSU ), or replaced parts that have the same specs for a cheaper price.

    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 ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $653.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 01:12 EDT-0400)
  4. Okay so the Asus M5A97 R2.0, Gigabyte 990fx UD3, or the asrock 970 extreme4* I will most likely only have 1 GPU. I might OC a little on the CPU. I just worry about buying a cheap quality board and it breaking.
  5. skuch said:
    Okay so the Asus M5A97 R2.0, Gigabyte 990fx UD3, or the asrock 970 extreme4* I will most likely only have 1 GPU. I might OC a little on the CPU. I just worry about buying a cheap quality board and it breaking.


    The AsRock extreme4 is well known as being a quality board for overclocking, so you don't need to worry about it breaking.
  6. there are a few differences/restrctions between oem and normal that they tell you about (for the most part), but otherwise it's all the same more or less, aside from oem being cheaper
  7. Also are you sure you want windows 8 and not 7?
  8. ill have to do research to finalize my pick between win 7 or 8. but will OEM versions work on a bare drive? i do not have an older version of windows at all. i believe i saw somewhere that OEM is only for upgrading. and thanks razerz you helped my pick my motherboard :)
  9. Oem versions are identical to retail versions . Only the license is different . OEM till win 7 can be installed on ojne computer and never transferred to a new computer . Retail can be shifted to a new computer once its uninstalled from the first

    Now the good news . There is no such thing as Win 8 oem [ despite the way some websites sell it ] . The license is now a " home user license" and you can shift it to a new build with a total of three installations .


    GET Win8 64 bit
    Its easy to customize to behave like 7 with a free program called classic shell
  10. PS I have the Asrock extreme4 . Its a decent budget board especially considering it has a 990X chip set in it [ and not the 970 as the name suggests] .

    But still if you are going to use only one graphics card then I would use the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 . It has better heatsinks on the VRM's , better voltage control , is generally a higher quality and runs cooler
  11. Best answer
    skuch said:
    ill have to do research to finalize my pick between win 7 or 8. but will OEM versions work on a bare drive? i do not have an older version of windows at all. i believe i saw somewhere that OEM is only for upgrading. and thanks razerz you helped my pick my motherboard :)


    Well wherever you saw that OEM is for upgrading only, that article is wrong. OEM can be used for a fresh install too. Anyways it all depends on your choice for the interface of windows. Windows 8 does start up faster, although if you're used to windows xp like me, it does get a bit annoying. Hoped this helped.
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