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http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/237nf. This is my build so far. I don't know whether anyone has any part recommendations or replacement parts for this build. I am trying to get the most performance for my money. May add another card to crossfire in the future and a ssd. Any advice is welcomed
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  1. Drop the 6350 down to a 6300, they are the same but the 6350 is factory overclocked. also id grab an aftermarket cooled like the hyper 212 evo. apart from that it looks good to me :)
  2. What are you building this for? It's not good for gaming. 8GB RAM is plenty but a 8320 would be sweet.
  3. envy14tpe said:
    What are you building this for? It's not good for gaming. 8GB RAM is plenty but a 8320 would be sweet.


    How is it not good for gaming? the 6300/6350 is a great CPu and the r9 280x is a great gaming card. however i agree an 8320 would be awesome, forgot about it :p
  4. Just a suggestion

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£74.10 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£230.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.01 @ Aria PC)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£4.99 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£65.99 @ Dabs)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £722.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-16 11:07 GMT+0000)

    Swapped for 8GB of RAM, for gaming you dont need 16GB and you dont need it to be 2133Mhz as RAM speeds dont really affect gaming performance all that much.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-r9-280x-third-party-round-up,review-32817-4.html
    from that article the MSI gaming R9 280x seems to have some issues so I swapped it out with the gigabyte windforce one.

    You can overclock the 8320 to be as fast as the 8350. Or if you are willing to go £2 over budget you can get the 8350 and overclock that.
  5. Danzas4321 said:
    envy14tpe said:
    What are you building this for? It's not good for gaming. 8GB RAM is plenty but a 8320 would be sweet.


    How is it not good for gaming? the 6300/6350 is a great CPu and the r9 280x is a great gaming card. however i agree an 8320 would be awesome, forgot about it :p


    For gaming, pick which is better:
    1) fx-8320 + 2x4GB +cooler (which is missing in OP's listing)
    2) fx-6300 + 2x8GB
  6. envy14tpe said:
    Danzas4321 said:
    envy14tpe said:
    What are you building this for? It's not good for gaming. 8GB RAM is plenty but a 8320 would be sweet.


    How is it not good for gaming? the 6300/6350 is a great CPu and the r9 280x is a great gaming card. however i agree an 8320 would be awesome, forgot about it :p


    For gaming, pick which is better:
    1) fx-8320 + 2x4GB +cooler (which is missing in OP's listing)
    2) fx-6300 + 2x8GB

    Ok i see your point :P
  7. envy14tpe said:
    Danzas4321 said:
    envy14tpe said:
    What are you building this for? It's not good for gaming. 8GB RAM is plenty but a 8320 would be sweet.


    How is it not good for gaming? the 6300/6350 is a great CPu and the r9 280x is a great gaming card. however i agree an 8320 would be awesome, forgot about it :p


    For gaming, pick which is better:
    1) fx-8320 + 2x4GB +cooler (which is missing in OP's listing)
    2) fx-6300 + 2x8GB

    I'm planning on gaming + recording + editing + sometimes used as server
  8. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/237C8
    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£72.58 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£228.43 @ Dabs)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£54.61 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £727.99

    FYI. Sickle Flow fans are not very good. I had one and it was useless other than the LED.
  9. envy14tpe said:
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/237C8
    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£72.58 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£228.43 @ Dabs)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£54.61 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £727.99

    FYI. Sickle Flow fans are not very good. I had one and it was useless other than the LED.


    I guess that was why they were very cheap for the stats they had
  10. I do need 16gb to run as the server though... thats the only reason why i haven't gone for the 8320
  11. You want to crosfire in the future so get a better psu.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£129.18 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£228.43 @ Dabs)
    Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.01 @ Aria PC)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£4.99 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£80.01 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £765.02
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-16 11:57 GMT+0000)
  12. VolvoDoto said:
    You want to crosfire in the future so get a better psu.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£129.18 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£228.43 @ Dabs)
    Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.01 @ Aria PC)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£4.99 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£80.01 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £765.02
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-16 11:57 GMT+0000)


    Isn't my power supply just as good?
  13. Best answer
    I'd suggest skipping Crossfire and get a slightly less power PSU. Use money to get a fx-8320. It's worth it for this build.
  14. Shootingbut said:


    You need a cooler for overclocking. And that case only supports 3 120mm fans....pretty limiting.

    I like this case. It can support 2 front fans, 1 bottom, 1 top, and 1 rear. Price is about the same.
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/mr/scancouk/nzxt-case-s210e001
  15. envy14tpe said:
    Shootingbut said:


    You need a cooler for overclocking. And that case only supports 3 120mm fans....pretty limiting.

    I like this case. It can support 2 front fans, 1 bottom, 1 top, and 1 rear. Price is about the same.
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/mr/scancouk/nzxt-case-s210e001


    I'm not gonna be doing much overclocking so it should be fine
  16. unless you think the zalman z5 plus is any good i will just stick to the k280
  17. If you don't overclock then get a low end i5. Downside is that you need a Z87 mobo in order to use 2133 RAM.

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/239My
    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£134.39 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£93.70 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£119.99 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£228.43 @ Dabs)
    Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.01 @ Aria PC)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master COOLER MASTER JetFlo 120 Red LED Case Fan 95.0 CFM 120mm Fan (£8.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£54.61 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £789.53
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  18. hmmmm what about this then? http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/23i1b
  19. Ronaldspiers said:
    Just a suggestion

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£74.10 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£230.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.01 @ Aria PC)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£4.99 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£65.99 @ Dabs)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £722.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-16 11:07 GMT+0000)

    Swapped for 8GB of RAM, for gaming you dont need 16GB and you dont need it to be 2133Mhz as RAM speeds dont really affect gaming performance all that much.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-r9-280x-third-party-round-up,review-32817-4.html
    from that article the MSI gaming R9 280x seems to have some issues so I swapped it out with the gigabyte windforce one.

    You can overclock the 8320 to be as fast as the 8350. Or if you are willing to go £2 over budget you can get the 8350 and overclock that.

    +1, RAM seems to be the least determining factor in game performance.
  20. sora said:
    Ronaldspiers said:
    Just a suggestion

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£74.10 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£230.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.01 @ Aria PC)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£4.99 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£65.99 @ Dabs)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £722.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-16 11:07 GMT+0000)

    Swapped for 8GB of RAM, for gaming you dont need 16GB and you dont need it to be 2133Mhz as RAM speeds dont really affect gaming performance all that much.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-r9-280x-third-party-round-up,review-32817-4.html
    from that article the MSI gaming R9 280x seems to have some issues so I swapped it out with the gigabyte windforce one.

    You can overclock the 8320 to be as fast as the 8350. Or if you are willing to go £2 over budget you can get the 8350 and overclock that.

    +1, RAM seems to be the least determining factor in game performance.


    need that ram as it is going to be used as a server at some points + new bios on msi card appeared to have sorted problems
  21. Ronaldspiers said:
    Just a suggestion

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£74.10 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£230.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower Case (£33.01 @ Aria PC)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan (£4.99 @ Novatech)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£65.99 @ Dabs)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £722.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-16 11:07 GMT+0000)

    Swapped for 8GB of RAM, for gaming you dont need 16GB and you dont need it to be 2133Mhz as RAM speeds dont really affect gaming performance all that much.

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-r9-280x-third-party-round-up,review-32817-4.html
    from that article the MSI gaming R9 280x seems to have some issues so I swapped it out with the gigabyte windforce one.

    You can overclock the 8320 to be as fast as the 8350. Or if you are willing to go £2 over budget you can get the 8350 and overclock that.


    +1.

    8350 is worth the extra 2GBP though, OCing the 8350 would make a difference.
  22. Case: 300R is more expensive but the fans are quiet and has great airflow. Just slap two more quality quiet fans and it'll run silent. (I own one)
    CPU cooler: The TX3 isn't very good and it's noisy. You can get the Evo for almost the same price.
    PSU: Also, fx-8xxx series CPUs are power hungry. it's not bad, just that you need a little more. To be on the safe side I'd get a bigger PSU.
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/23vuZ
    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£113.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 12g Thermal Paste (£15.37 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£119.99 @ Aria PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.42 @ CCL Computers)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card (£228.43 @ Dabs)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.98 @ CCL Computers)
    Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans (£19.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£65.99 @ Dabs)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £822.14
  23. No to CX psu.
  24. Ok, final part list here http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/23DP4
  25. Shootingbut said:
    Ok, final part list here http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/23DP4


    looks good. If you don't plan on getting a SSD in the future you might want to get a Black instead of Blue HDD.

    Nice build.
  26. envy14tpe said:
    Shootingbut said:
    Ok, final part list here http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/23DP4


    looks good. If you don't plan on getting a SSD in the future you might want to get a Black instead of Blue HDD.

    Nice build.


    i definitely want an ssd just don't have enough money at the moment for that on top
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