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First build gaming computer is this good? Looking for advice, suggestions and any help.

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November 12, 2013 12:39:32 PM

I'm looking to do my first computer build, a gaming PC with a budget of about $1100-1200.
This is my current list of components.

I have a few questions about this build,
-I'm planning on setting up RAID 1 and forgoing SSD for faster startup, is this a good idea? HDD startup time is still bearable isn't it?
-Is the wifi card good enough for a decent gaming connection?
-(just double checking here) there's no obvious incompatibilities I don't know about? Everything will fit in the case?

If you think I forgot something please remind me, being my first build I could have easily overlooked something simple.

Feel free to make any suggestions

Thanks for any advice!

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November 12, 2013 12:45:01 PM

Rather than go with a crossfire with 2 HD 7870, buy a single r9 280x. That way, you could upgrade in the future if you wanted to.
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November 12, 2013 12:48:18 PM

For gaming I would stick with 8GB of RAM, I wouldn't crossfire two 7870s, invest in either a 8350 or intel i5 and get a 7970/280x.

You don't need the arctic silver, the hyper 212 comes with a thermal pad already applied and it works pretty well.
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November 12, 2013 12:54:59 PM

Get and 280x instead of Crossfire downgrade your PSU to Corsair CX 600 why are you getting thermal paste if cooler master already gives good thermal paste with them buying CPU cooler!16 GB ram too much for now get 8 Gb later on future you will be able to upgrade get 1 stick of 8 Gb is there really a need to CD drive? just install windows from USB stick!
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November 12, 2013 12:57:55 PM

OK I am no expert but I would like to offer some suggestions.

1 - Don't bother with the FX-6200, it's based off the old bulldozer AMD architecture which just wasnt that great.

2 - you could save a lot of money by buying a single 2TB drive rather than 2 1TB drives

3- Maybe something went weird with the link but you only really need 8GB of RAM for gaming.

4 - The general consensus is that buying the most powerful single GPU you can afford is better than 2 mid end cards in sli/crossfire.

5- get a corsair, seasonic or XFX brand PSU. They are known to be the 3 best brands and very reliable.

With that budget you can make a better build with your budget

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1084.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-12 15:56 EST-0500)

This build i made is just a rough idea to show you how much better a machine you could make with that budget you have. Didnt include the wireless adapter in there though and the case is totally up to you. Just threw the NZXT one in there randomly.

The RAM in that build i made also has large heatsinks with it. Better to get lower profile ram so that there are no clearance issues with the CPU cooler

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November 12, 2013 1:28:07 PM

- Change the CPU to and FX 6300.
- I prefer the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO as a budget cooler. It's excellent. It will clear your selected RAM with no interference.
- Your selected RAM will easily clear the above CPU cooler with no interference.
- ASRock 970 Extreme 3 is a great 970 board and I've had good success building with it. That will save you a few dollars.
- As mentioned above, a small boot SSD and single 2TB hard drive would be better.
- Not familiar with the CoolMax power supply, but I recommend sticking with a better name brand. NewEgg had a good Antec unit on sale recently. Other good PSUs are made by Seasonic, XFX, PC Power and Cooling, Cooler Master, Corsair, and the Rosewill Hive series.

For gaming, it isn't going to matter much if you get an AMD or Intel system. This used to be more important, but simply doesn't matter that much anymore.

Modern games are capable of using the 6 and 8 core AMD CPUs now. Current multicore optimized games like MW3, MW4, CoD, Crysis 3, Arma are all going to be within 2-5 FPS of each other in the 60-90 FPS range. AMD wins some, Intel wins some, and it's so close it really doesn't matter. CPU is a little more important with older games and some poorly optimized MMOs that are single-core heavy on their render pipeline. (WoW, GW2, Neverwinter).

From personal experience: It is easy to get the FX 6300 to 4.4-4.5GHz at near stock voltages under the Hyper 212 EVO and still be under 55c at full load. That CPU with a mild OC combined with dual 7870s in crossfire will be well balanced.
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November 12, 2013 1:36:55 PM

I have 2 single TB hard drives becasue I was going to try RAID 1 system for data backups, would it be better to get a SSD for faster boot times instead?
I really only need 1tb of actual storage space
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November 12, 2013 3:50:19 PM

Zanzivar said:
I have 2 single TB hard drives becasue I was going to try RAID 1 system for data backups, would it be better to get a SSD for faster boot times instead?
I really only need 1tb of actual storage space


I think it would. An SSD would definitely give a noticeable boot time difference.

I suggest getting the 250GB Samsung EVO from Amazon as there is a really good deal on it right now.
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