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October 23, 2013 8:34:45 PM

I'm building a gaming PC and I have some questions about a few things... First, here's what I'm building:

CPU - FX-8350 4.0ghz FD8350FRHKBOX
Motherboard - MSI 990FXA-GD65 V2
Case - Cooler Master Storm Stryker SGC-5000W KWN1
RAM - 2x4gb G.Skill Sniper DDR3-1866
BD/DVD - LG wlt14ns40 14x Blu-Ray DVD Burner
OS - Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
GPU - HIS IceQ X2 HD 7970 (h797qm3g2m)
PSU - not sure yet, but would appreciate recommendations
Cooling - Not sure on that either

This will be a gaming machine and I plan on overclocking it some, but I don't want to take away from its reliability and useful life.

My question is, will this gpu work on this motherboard, and will I be able to add a second gpu identical gpu in the future if I so desired. I read somewhere that this card required two pci x16 slots, but I have not been able to find where I read that to confirm (maybe I'm just going crazy).

And will it be possible to find a PSU and cooling system for this system for less than $100 without risking it cutting back on the life of the system or limiting future upgrades?

Also, if anyone has any advice on any changes they'd make on the build, I'm open to suggestions
October 23, 2013 8:44:55 PM

The card requires two slots on the back of your case, but only one connection to the motherboard. Most gaming GPUs are like this so that they can support a larger cooling unit.

And yes, that motherboard will support Crossfire dual GPUs.

I'm not sure you would be able to get a decent CPU cooler and PSU to support Crossfire for under $100 total. Probably even a nice PSU won't be under that price. A good choice would be a Seasonic SSR-750RM but it's just over $100.
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October 23, 2013 8:49:28 PM

MD1987 said:
The card requires two slots on the back of your case, but only one connection to the motherboard. Most gaming GPUs are like this so that they can support a larger cooling unit.

And yes, that motherboard will support Crossfire dual GPUs.

I'm not sure you would be able to get a decent CPU cooler and PSU to support Crossfire for under $100 total. Probably even a nice PSU won't be under that price. A good choice would be a Seasonic SSR-750RM but it's just over $100.


And what would you recommend as far as cooling? It's been a while since I've built a computer from scratch, and I can't remember if heatsinks are already included, or if I'm going to have to order it seperate, and would I need any additional fans other than what's included with the case, gpu, and heatsink?
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October 23, 2013 8:51:32 PM

Heat sinks are already included. But Aftermarket heat sinks provide better cooling for CPU intense environments which in turn keeps your room a bit cooler.
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October 23, 2013 9:26:20 PM

griptwister said:
A: That's not a gaming laptop...

B: Go for a FX 8320 or buy your FX 8350 off Amazon Instead.

C: Overclocking wouldn't really kill your PC unless if you plan on keeping it for a lot more than 20 years...

D: Cooler.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

E: PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

F: Enjoy!


Thanks for the input griptwister, that's just what I was looking for... I'm not familiar with the brand but bronze certified and having what looks to be enough power cables for everything sounds perfect. If I so desire, will this PSU also provide power for a cheap SD card reader? I'm also thinking about adding a fan controller-partially for looks, but also for added control when overclocking, but I'm not sure if the cheap $25 ones at tigerdirect are compatible or even worth it. here

Why do you recommend going with a fx-8320? And why is it not a gaming laptop? Basically, I'm trying to build the best AMD based gaming computer for under $1400... Also, griptwister, will I need to
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October 23, 2013 9:35:43 PM

It's a gaming Desktop. A lap top is portable, convenient, usually operating under battery power, and has a screen built into it.. A desktop sits.

And Yes, it would be able to power all those. As long as you don't have a second GPU in there, you'll have a good wattage to spare for Overclocking.

I'd recommend going with a FX 8320 because it's cheaper and a small OC and you'll have FX 8350 performance. It's the same thing only cheaper. Fan Controllers are over rated IMO, but I've heard mixed reviews on the NZXT fan controllers...

My case came with a fan controller, but I don't care to use it. As long as my fans run and are in the right plug ins, I'm good.
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