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October 18, 2013 10:35:46 AM

Hi there, I´m new to this forum and wow is great to be here. There is a lot (A LOT) of useful info and also very good members in here. I hope I can get some help from the experts to accomplish in the best way this project, thanks in advance for that. First of all sorry for my English I know it’s not perfect but I´ll try to do my best.

For the rig, the budget isn’t a big deal but it’s important to tell that I´m not rich haha and i´m planning to buy all this in December 2013, if I have to wait for next gen components maybe January 2014.

Right now I have an HP laptop that I use for work and gaming (lol, I know HP laptop) but is more than enough if you don’t mind playing in Low :(  I want to build a gaming rig so that I can play the way it should be: Ultra settings, 3 monitors with nice resolution, 50+ fps, future proof, etc. I´m not in the streaming or heavy programs range, neither I am a heavy gamer. But I do enjoy gaming for a reasonable amount of hours (maybe 5 :p ), FPS, simulators, RPG, etc. Also I don’t want an overkill gaming rig or push the components to record breaking frequencies but I do will like to try OCing, haven’t done any OC until now and I´m very interested in it (CPU, RAM and video card). And yes, I´ll be buying monitors, suggestions about this will be welcome.

I´ve been doing my homework and researching all I can about how to build a gaming rig and how to choose the components, anyway I have lots of questions. Also I´ll really appreciate any comments and suggestions from you guys that know more than me. Here is what I have for now:

My build http://pcpartpicker.com/user/CF4Rings/saved/2AWu (I already have the mouse, keyboard and OS)

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core

It’s supposed to be the best AMD processor, the fastest and more powerful, also very easy to overclock. I want this rig to be a gaming rig (described in the upper paragraph) so will I need to OC this CPU for that? Will I need a liquid cooling System? Because I´m considering an air one.

CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM

I´ve read that this is one of the best air coolers, any other choice apart from the Noctua? Is this cooler enough to OC the 8350? How far can I get with this cooler? Maybe 4.5/4.6Ghz? Also I´ve read that the closed loop LC systems (like Corsair H100) have better results than any air one, but they tend to fail, leak and bla bla, more expensive too. Personally I don’t want a LCS. Am I in the right path?

MOBO: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+

“The world best AMD Gaming motherboard” at least that’s what their webpage says. It´s supposed to be the very best motherboard for a gaming rig where you use an 8350. Is it expensive only because it’s part of the ROG series? Does it worth’s it? It is compared several times and in several sites with ASUS Sabertooth 990FX, ASUS Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 and Asrock 990FX Extreme4, which should I choose? Crosshair V Formula lacks of PCIe3.0, does PCI3.0 is something I should buy right now? Or better plan to upgrade in 1 or 2 years to a PCIe3.0 ready mobo? Crosshair V Formula can use RAM up to 2133 with OC, the other ones can´t, when do you need that speed in RAM? People say that for a gaming rig 1866 or 1600 is more than enough because RAM speed only improves loading times but not gaming experience or fps.

GPU: Asus Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB

This is my choice for the video card, I plan to make a 2 crossfire 7970. Should I wait for the R9 series to come up? I would like to have two R9-290 or R9-280X. I choose these cards because I want a true gaming experience using max settings, very nice resolution, also to be future proof for better resolutions and next gen games to come without spending a huge amount of money in a Titan, 7990 or R9-290X I think that’s is just too much.

Case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Battle Edition ATX Full Tower

Not much to say about this one, I like the way it look, nice cable management, don’t plan to use LCS so its ok, plenty of space for components and fans. I like it =) I wanted the LCS one but people says its garbage, that makes me sad so I decided to use air.

And here is where I can´t decide, which HDD, SSD, RAM and PSU should I use? Remember budget isn’t a big deal, just don’t go with components that cost too much money for the return they give (example imo nvidia Titan), i´m happy using top of the line components just if they worths it, not premium cost for just a little bit performance upgrade. So should I´ll be playing games like Crysis3, BF3, BF4, Far Cry 3, Arma 2, a heavy modded Skyrim and so in ultra settings, 3 monitors with this components?

Thanks in advance for all your help! :D 

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October 18, 2013 10:43:47 AM

FX8350 \ 5.1GHZ. \ 1.384 VOLTS



Phanteks PH-TC14PE with Scythe Slipstream 110 CFM fans attached.
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October 18, 2013 10:46:40 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $332.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 13:46 EDT-0400)
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October 18, 2013 10:59:39 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $332.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 13:46 EDT-0400)

That was a really quick answer :D  Thanks a lot! I´ll check the components you mentioned.

I can see you use an asrock 990X Extreme9. Can you give me your opinion about it compared to the Crosshair V Formula or a Sabertooth GEN3? Once again thanks!
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October 18, 2013 11:07:48 AM

I own 2 sabertooth rev 2 boards also , the Asrock is the better overclocker.
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