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September 27, 2013 6:04:07 PM

Hello, I am ordering from ComputerLX. They look like a great company. Have any of you ordered from here before? I am wanting to get an AMD-based system. I want these specs.

Computer Case: Mid-tower (Want to later upgrade to NZXT Phantom 530 Red ATX Full Tower)
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 620 1GB (will later upgrade to Sapphire Radeon 7970 3GB)
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0 Ghz Black Edition
Power supply: ???
Motherboard: Mid-tower size with an X16 slot compatible with CPU and 7970.
RAM: 1 X 8 GB
Hard Drive: 2 TB Internal SATA
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

I need to know about the motherboard and cooling. I want a non-micro ATX motherboard that will perform good with the FX-8350 and Radeon-7970 3GB. I have a few other questions as well. Do I need an AMD copper cooling fan instead of a standard AMD cooling fan? What is an SSD and what does it do? Are Western Digital and Seagate internal HDD's bad?


a c 406 4 Gaming
September 27, 2013 6:08:19 PM

Both those HDDs are fine.

Get 2x4gb RAM not a single stick. Its much faster.

Get a 650w PSU from antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

You won't be playing any games until you upgrade the GPU. The gt620 is for youtube and powerpoint. Its not going to play games.


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September 27, 2013 9:34:52 PM

tiny voices said:
Both those HDDs are fine.

Get 2x4gb RAM not a single stick. Its much faster.

Get a 650w PSU from antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

You won't be playing any games until you upgrade the GPU. The gt620 is for youtube and powerpoint. Its not going to play games.



You're right. I now know what to do instead. Get the Full-tower phantom case right away, and use the crappy onboard card until december when I can afford the 7970. So you think the Phantom case with 3 fans, a FX-8350, and a 7970 3GB will need 650 watts? I know the FX-8350 is 125 watts. I did like the GTX 760 a lot as well, but the 7970 is clearly the best value. It's also supposedly better than the 770 and can compete with the $1000 Titan!
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a c 406 4 Gaming
September 28, 2013 6:49:25 AM

That case will be perfectly fine. Yes, 650w will be plenty. If you plan to overclock though, I would get 750w just to have a decent amount of headroom.
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September 28, 2013 7:18:05 AM

Here is a much better build that you can do yourself for just over $800

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $838.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 12:05 EDT-0400)
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September 28, 2013 7:24:43 PM

DBob2 said:
Here is a much better build that you can do yourself for just over $800

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $838.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 12:05 EDT-0400)

Lower graphics card. Tiny SSD. Home Premium. No thanks.
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September 29, 2013 8:49:03 AM

Master-Bates said:
DBob2 said:
Here is a much better build that you can do yourself for just over $800

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $838.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 12:05 EDT-0400)

Lower graphics card. Tiny SSD. Home Premium. No thanks.


120gb is perfect for an SSD and considered standard, anything more is considered more than you need.

The hd7950 is amazing value and will run all games at max settings.

What need do you have for windows pro, besides a waste of money?
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September 29, 2013 12:55:16 PM

tiny voices said:
Master-Bates said:
DBob2 said:
Here is a much better build that you can do yourself for just over $800

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $838.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 12:05 EDT-0400)

Lower graphics card. Tiny SSD. Home Premium. No thanks.


120gb is perfect for an SSD and considered standard, anything more is considered more than you need.

The hd7950 is amazing value and will run all games at max settings.

What need do you have for windows pro, besides a waste of money?

XP mode. 7950 is great, but I found an affordable 7970. 120 GB is too damn low. SSD's I hear are faster than HDD's, but their capacities are too low and the price is too high. And you tell me $40 extra is a waste of money. SSD's should probably be used for more important data like smaller programs and personal documents. HDD's are what I need to hold hundreds of GB's of Steam games. I am future-proofing my pc. If I get a $70 rebate or a sale, I can easily purchase the 7970 for $219. The same price as a 7950. I can't get the GPU right now, so I will probably have to settle with a GTX 650 for now. I don't play games at ultra settings on a 1920 X 1080 monitor. I like any settings on a 1366 X 768 monitor. It's plenty big for me.
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September 29, 2013 2:11:22 PM

Master-Bates said:
tiny voices said:
Master-Bates said:
DBob2 said:
Here is a much better build that you can do yourself for just over $800

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $838.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 12:05 EDT-0400)

Lower graphics card. Tiny SSD. Home Premium. No thanks.


120gb is perfect for an SSD and considered standard, anything more is considered more than you need.

The hd7950 is amazing value and will run all games at max settings.

What need do you have for windows pro, besides a waste of money?

XP mode. 7950 is great, but I found an affordable 7970. 120 GB is too damn low. SSD's I hear are faster than HDD's, but their capacities are too low and the price is too high. And you tell me $40 extra is a waste of money. SSD's should probably be used for more important data like smaller programs and personal documents. HDD's are what I need to hold hundreds of GB's of Steam games. I am future-proofing my pc. If I get a $70 rebate or a sale, I can easily purchase the 7970 for $219. The same price as a 7950. I can't get the GPU right now, so I will probably have to settle with a GTX 650 for now. I don't play games at ultra settings on a 1920 X 1080 monitor. I like any settings on a 1366 X 768 monitor. It's plenty big for me.


Generally the only thing you put on the SSD is the OS and one or two games. You should read up on them before you install one in your system.There are many things you need to learn before using or installing one. Honestly if you are not getting a 1080p monitor, a nice GPU is a complete waste. Either get a 1080p monitor when you get your 7970, or just get something like a 7870 and be done.
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September 29, 2013 5:25:20 PM

tiny voices said:
Master-Bates said:
tiny voices said:
Master-Bates said:
DBob2 said:
Here is a much better build that you can do yourself for just over $800

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $838.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 12:05 EDT-0400)

Lower graphics card. Tiny SSD. Home Premium. No thanks.


120gb is perfect for an SSD and considered standard, anything more is considered more than you need.

The hd7950 is amazing value and will run all games at max settings.

What need do you have for windows pro, besides a waste of money?

XP mode. 7950 is great, but I found an affordable 7970. 120 GB is too damn low. SSD's I hear are faster than HDD's, but their capacities are too low and the price is too high. And you tell me $40 extra is a waste of money. SSD's should probably be used for more important data like smaller programs and personal documents. HDD's are what I need to hold hundreds of GB's of Steam games. I am future-proofing my pc. If I get a $70 rebate or a sale, I can easily purchase the 7970 for $219. The same price as a 7950. I can't get the GPU right now, so I will probably have to settle with a GTX 650 for now. I don't play games at ultra settings on a 1920 X 1080 monitor. I like any settings on a 1366 X 768 monitor. It's plenty big for me.


Generally the only thing you put on the SSD is the OS and one or two games. You should read up on them before you install one in your system.There are many things you need to learn before using or installing one. Honestly if you are not getting a 1080p monitor, a nice GPU is a complete waste. Either get a 1080p monitor when you get your 7970, or just get something like a 7870 and be done.


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September 30, 2013 3:45:41 PM

tiny voices said:
Master-Bates said:
tiny voices said:
Master-Bates said:
DBob2 said:
Here is a much better build that you can do yourself for just over $800

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $838.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-26 12:05 EDT-0400)

Lower graphics card. Tiny SSD. Home Premium. No thanks.


120gb is perfect for an SSD and considered standard, anything more is considered more than you need.

The hd7950 is amazing value and will run all games at max settings.

What need do you have for windows pro, besides a waste of money?

XP mode. 7950 is great, but I found an affordable 7970. 120 GB is too damn low. SSD's I hear are faster than HDD's, but their capacities are too low and the price is too high. And you tell me $40 extra is a waste of money. SSD's should probably be used for more important data like smaller programs and personal documents. HDD's are what I need to hold hundreds of GB's of Steam games. I am future-proofing my pc. If I get a $70 rebate or a sale, I can easily purchase the 7970 for $219. The same price as a 7950. I can't get the GPU right now, so I will probably have to settle with a GTX 650 for now. I don't play games at ultra settings on a 1920 X 1080 monitor. I like any settings on a 1366 X 768 monitor. It's plenty big for me.


Generally the only thing you put on the SSD is the OS and one or two games. You should read up on them before you install one in your system.There are many things you need to learn before using or installing one. Honestly if you are not getting a 1080p monitor, a nice GPU is a complete waste. Either get a 1080p monitor when you get your 7970, or just get something like a 7870 and be done.

Sounds good with me! I think i'll instead order a computer from Cyberpowerpc. Yeah, I probably don't need a 7970. I'll just get a 7870 2gb or a 650 Ti Boost 1gb with the gaming pc. For the processor, i'll be fine with a 8320 or an i5 4570. It depends on if the pc I select and customize comes with an OS for no additional charge. I'm still getting everything else that I said I would. Also getting a Boreallight Full-tower. If you have steam, please add me. I'll have ton of games. I already do have lots and lots of consoles and games. I'm becoming a PC gamer for modern gaming, and I want to re-buy the FPS multiplayers on steam that I own on the Xbox 360. I don't like many FPS games on consoles. I'll get the Win 7 Pro to see if XP mode can run older games.
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a c 406 4 Gaming
September 30, 2013 7:34:43 PM

You don't need a full tower. It will just be a waste of space honestly.

Honestly, I would just build it yourself, and save the money.

MY steam ID is Tiny Voices.
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October 1, 2013 9:25:42 PM

tiny voices said:
You don't need a full tower. It will just be a waste of space honestly.

Honestly, I would just build it yourself, and save the money.

MY steam ID is Tiny Voices.

I added you. The computer comes pre-made for no assembly charge. I'm getting the full tower because it has 3 huge fans, all the usb ports, and a badass design. It's freaking awesome!
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a c 406 4 Gaming
October 1, 2013 9:37:33 PM

I said save the money in reference to being able to build a better computer for less money as all prebuilts are overpriced. You are paying more than the system will actually cost. It is always cheaper to build your own computer.
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October 3, 2013 4:27:04 PM

tiny voices said:
I said save the money in reference to being able to build a better computer for less money as all prebuilts are overpriced. You are paying more than the system will actually cost. It is always cheaper to build your own computer.

We already ordered it. Isn't it great?

Product Name: Gamer Scorpius 9000 (NO MONITOR)

Price: $954.00

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*BASE_PRICE:[+1100]

BLUETOOTH:None

CAS:CFI Boreallight Full-Tower Gaming Case w/ 1x 140 & 2x 120mm Fans, Front USB 3.0, HDD Easy Swap Bays & Side-Panel Window [-5] (Black Color)

CASUPGRADE:None

CD:24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [-25] (BLACK COLOR)

CD2:None

COOLANT:Standard Coolant

CPU:AMD FX-8350 4.00 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [-30]

CS_FAN:D efault case fans

ENGRAVING:None

ENGRAVING_MSG:

FA_HDD:Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System [+21] (1 x System)

FAN:AMD Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink [-51]

FLASHMEDIA:None

FREEBIE_VC1:Free Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon and Crysis 3 Games Coupon [+0]

FREEBIE_VC2:None

GLASSES:None

HDD:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)

HDD2:None

IEEE_CARD:None

IUSB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

KEYBOARD1:AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard [+5]

MEMORY:8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory [-59] (Corsair or Major Brand)

MONITOR:None

MONITOR2:None

MONITOR3:None

MOTHERBOARD:* [CrossFireX] ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD 970 Chipset CrossFireX Support DDR3 Socket AM3+ ATX w/ 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI (Pro OC Certified) [-50]

MOUSE1:AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge [+4]

NETWORK:Intel Pro Gigabit 10/100/1000 Network Card [+34]

OS:Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium [+0] (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCK:No Overclocking

POWERSUPPLY:* 700 Watts - Cooler Master i700 700W 80 Plus Bronze Certified Active PFC Power Supply [+21]

RUSH:NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS

SERVICE:STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SOUND:HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

SPEAKERS:None

TABLET:None

TEMP:None

TVRC:None

USB:None

USBFLASH:None

USBHD:None

USBX:None

VIDEO:AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [-37] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)

VIDEO2:None

VIDEO3:None

WNC:802.11b/g/n 300Mbps PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+26]

_PRICE:( +954)


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