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September 25, 2013 11:32:04 PM

I just want your guys' thoughts and probably some recommendations for my first build.
I just just plan to record, edit game-play, and photoshop. (BF3/Minecraft/Skyrim/BFH,etc.)

Can you help double check if it's all compatible?
Could I be going way over my needs or is it alright?
Thanks a bunch...
Don't mind the monitor, mouse, and keyboard...I just cheaped out XD


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HJpb
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HJpb/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HJpb/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.02 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.74 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($167.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($26.60 @ Amazon)
Total: $1132.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 02:25 EDT-0400)

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September 25, 2013 11:42:46 PM

maddlo said:
I just want your guys' thoughts and probably some recommendations for my first build.
I just just plan to record, edit game-play, and photoshop. (BF3/Minecraft/Skyrim/BFH,etc.)

Can you help double check if it's all compatible?
Could I be going way over my needs or is it alright?
Thanks a bunch...
Don't mind the monitor, mouse, and keyboard...I just cheaped out XD


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HJpb
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HJpb/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HJpb/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.02 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.74 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($167.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($26.60 @ Amazon)
Total: $1132.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 02:25 EDT-0400)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($73.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($218.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.87 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1138.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 02:50 EDT-0400)
I gave you a cheaper graphics card (still a 7950, and just as good if not a little better for a cheaper price) and with the money you saved from the difference, I put a SSD in your system for your operating system (faster boots & faster launch times for programs). Also i switched out the motherboard for one that is a little better and supports faster RAM, along with 8 GB of 1866MHz of ram, for faster memory. Also its an asus the supports crossfire (the motherboard) and i gave you a cpu cooler, that is way better then the stock 8350 cpu cooler (I run the same processor in my system).
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September 26, 2013 12:05:01 AM

that asrock extreme 4 is a 4+1 power phase design motherboard, i would NOT suggest you use it for a 8 core 125W cpu. min motherboard would be an asus m5a97 R2.0, that board uses better mosfets, and has a slightly beefier 4+2 design... ideally you'd get a board with a 6+2 or 8+2 pwoer phase design with heatsinks... the cheapest and best of which would probably be a ga-970a-ud3; of course you can get the ga-990fx-ud3 for 5 dollars more so i would probably grab the 990.
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September 26, 2013 12:30:28 AM

ingtar33 said:
that asrock extreme 4 is a 4+1 power phase design motherboard, i would NOT suggest you use it for a 8 core 125W cpu. min motherboard would be an asus m5a97 R2.0, that board uses better mosfets, and has a slightly beefier 4+2 design... ideally you'd get a board with a 6+2 or 8+2 pwoer phase design with heatsinks... the cheapest and best of which would probably be a ga-970a-ud3; of course you can get the ga-990fx-ud3 for 5 dollars more so i would probably grab the 990.


this is assuming i will overclock right?...cuz i most likely won't
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September 26, 2013 12:33:29 AM

maddlo said:
ingtar33 said:
that asrock extreme 4 is a 4+1 power phase design motherboard, i would NOT suggest you use it for a 8 core 125W cpu. min motherboard would be an asus m5a97 R2.0, that board uses better mosfets, and has a slightly beefier 4+2 design... ideally you'd get a board with a 6+2 or 8+2 pwoer phase design with heatsinks... the cheapest and best of which would probably be a ga-970a-ud3; of course you can get the ga-990fx-ud3 for 5 dollars more so i would probably grab the 990.


this is assuming i will overclock right?...cuz i most likely won't


No, he is saying that your current motherboard will not work with the FX-8350, since it doesn't support 125 watt chip-set, and the heat-sinks yes would be ideal for overclocking, but a normal using computer it doesn't hurt to have them since it separates the heat coming off your motherboard at any given time. I don't overclock my system but still have it water cooled and a multiple heat-sink motherboard, and my system stays under 100 degrees f even during gaming.
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September 26, 2013 12:34:43 AM

The motherboard and setup i suggested to you is much much better and more efficient.
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September 26, 2013 12:50:08 AM

ddbtkd456 said:
The motherboard and setup i suggested to you is much much better and more efficient.


alright thanks XD
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September 26, 2013 9:59:07 AM

ddbtkd456 said:
maddlo said:
ingtar33 said:
that asrock extreme 4 is a 4+1 power phase design motherboard, i would NOT suggest you use it for a 8 core 125W cpu. min motherboard would be an asus m5a97 R2.0, that board uses better mosfets, and has a slightly beefier 4+2 design... ideally you'd get a board with a 6+2 or 8+2 pwoer phase design with heatsinks... the cheapest and best of which would probably be a ga-970a-ud3; of course you can get the ga-990fx-ud3 for 5 dollars more so i would probably grab the 990.


this is assuming i will overclock right?...cuz i most likely won't


No, he is saying that your current motherboard will not work with the FX-8350, since it doesn't support 125 watt chip-set, and the heat-sinks yes would be ideal for overclocking, but a normal using computer it doesn't hurt to have them since it separates the heat coming off your motherboard at any given time. I don't overclock my system but still have it water cooled and a multiple heat-sink motherboard, and my system stays under 100 degrees f even during gaming.


he's got it. don't get me wrong, there are some very nice asrock motherboards... but their cheap, low end motherboards really tend to have a lot of issues with hefty power hungry amd chips. that 970-extreme 4, uses very low quality parts in their power phase system, and i'd be afraid a 125W cpu would kill it pretty quickly just it in day to day operations.

The heatsink is nice, it might stretch out the lifespan of the system. but no... i wouldn't trust that board with a 125W cpu. a fx6300 at stock? sure... it should be fine for that.
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