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October 6, 2013 2:37:37 PM

Hello everyone,

I have been searching around on the web on what would be suitable and will give me a good gaming experience for a couple of years. I mainly want to play BF4 and other shooters, however since this is the first PC I'am building I do not know if I'am doing it correctly.

I came up with two sets of about the same price. I do not know if the components will work together though.

First idea:
AMD FX-8320 Black Edition
ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0
MSI R7970 TF 3GD5/OC BE
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST1000DM003, 1TB
Corsair Carbide 300R
Cooler Master Hyper 412S
Seasonic M12II 520W
Crucial 2.5" M500 240GB
Crucial Ballistix BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU

Second idea:
Swapped the MSI R7970 TF 3GD5/OC BE for two Club3D Radeon HD 7950 '13Series. Furthermore I changed the SSD from 240GB to the Samsung 840 EVO 120GB. I'am thinking of also swapping the 240GB in my first idea for the 120GB version, because I think it might be a little bit of a overkill for me.

So yeah is this okay or not? I'am open for other idea's as well.

Thanks in advance

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a c 555 4 Gaming
October 6, 2013 2:50:44 PM

Should be good either way, it will come down to your choice
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October 6, 2013 3:19:05 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Should be good either way, it will come down to your choice


However what would be better, one R7970 or two HD 7950's. Because I cannot really determine what will run better, I think the two HD 7950's however these are harder to upgrade. If one R7970 starts to become less powerful I can always put another one in.

Furthermore I'am not quite sure if I have a good motherboard, because I do not really know what is good for a motherboard. It still have extra money left to spent on a better motherboard or other components.

Thanks for the reply.
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a c 555 4 Gaming
October 6, 2013 4:05:20 PM

The 7950's will outperform a 7970, but then again no expansion as you said, I'd go 7970 and see how it does, also, by the time you might want/need another for XFire, prices will be lower
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October 7, 2013 12:32:09 PM

Okay thanks for your answer. Then I will go for the 7970 and see how it goes. I will also swapped the 8320 for the 8350 because I'am not planning to OC it. I did some more research on motherboards and I came to the conclusion that it actually is a very important component. I do not really know if I have a good motherboard so I decided to look for a other motherboard. I came up with this one: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0, it is expensiver than the motherboard I had before but I do not know if it also will be better. I also changed up the the SSD size from 240GB to 120 GB because I think that will be enough for me. Lastly I would like to ask if I should swap the Cooler Master Hyper 412S to the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, it saves me just a couple euros and I do not know if it is worth it.

The list as of now:
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0
MSI R7970 TF 3GD5/OC BE
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST1000DM003, 1TB
Corsair Carbide 300R
Cooler Master Hyper 412S
Seasonic M12II 520W
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
Crucial Ballistix BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU

Thanks in advance
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a c 555 4 Gaming
October 7, 2013 2:36:29 PM

the 212 is a great cooler, Id go with it, the rest of the build is looking good
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October 11, 2013 2:49:50 PM

Hello here I'am again.

The build as of now:
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
Asrock 990FX Extreme4
Club3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce Tahiti XT2
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST1000DM003, 1TB
Corsair Carbide 300R
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Seasonic M12II 520W
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
Crucial Ballistix BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU

This is probably going to be the build, however I have some question marks.

1. I want my system to be OC ready. I do not intend to OC my system right away but later when my PC becomes weaker compared to the newer hardware. I think my system is OC ready but is it? Also when you want to OC you need a good CPU cooler, will the 212 EVO be capable of doing that?

2. I heard that when you change the stock CPU cooler for an other one, in my case the 212 EVO that it might be possible that I would not be able to fit the RAM sticks anymore. Do I have this problem or not?

3. The new AMD GPU's are coming out and is it worth waiting for them. In my opinion not, they do not seem to be significantly better than the old ones. I'am especially looking at the GPU that can be compared with the HD7970. Should I wait or not?

4. There are some HD7970 which are about the same price but I cannot tell the difference. The GPU's are:
Club3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce Tahiti XT2
MSI R7970 TF 3GD5/OC BE
Club3D Radeon HD 7970 XT2 '13Series

I'am willing to buy any one of these three GPU's, only I cannot tell the difference except the price. Currently I have chosen the Club3D Radeon HD 7970 royalAce Tahiti XT2.

5. Currently I have the Asrock 990FX Extreme4 motherboard and this contains the 990FX chipset. However do I really need the 990FX chipset, I think that I should take it because it will most likely be more future proof. Also I'am planning to run dual 7970's in the future when my PC becomes to start weaker, the 990FX chipset would then come in quite handy I think. Or not? (Suggest other motherboard if needed)

6. Do I need extra cables because they are not included in the boxes. What are the things I should check cable wise if I have everything I need?

Thanks in advance.
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a c 555 4 Gaming
October 11, 2013 3:05:44 PM

1. yes, no problem,
2. No problem with the Evo, the fan is adjustable, will work w/ any DRAM
3. Agree, and the 7970 may well be priced lower, I'd look at those
4. The Club will prob be a good pick, I won't touch MSI myself or see if you can find the Asus GPU
5. Good mobo, not thrilled with their thermals, if me I'd look to the Sabertooth or the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 (Crosshair is really good, but on the expensive side to many)
6. Mobos come with drive cables, prob already have video cable and ethernet, should be about it
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a b 4 Gaming
October 11, 2013 3:19:05 PM

If you find yourself in need of better cooling later on you can always upgrade. Since you won't overclock for some time then the evo is perfectly fine.
The board tends to come with the data cable stuff (like sata cables) while the psu comes with the power cables (so atx board power, 8 pin cpu power, at least 2 6 pin pcie cords for the gpu, power cables for the sata drives, power cables for any fan controllers/peripherals that need them, etc.)

If you are worried about fitting ram, just get low profile ram (so like corsair vengeance low profile as an example) it's basically the same thing but without the pointlessly huge heatsink on top.
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